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Antonio Dias

Antonio Manuel Lima Dias (*1944) is a Brazilian artist working in multimedia. He received his education at the Escola National de Belas Artes in Rio De Janeiro. He has been creating conceptual works since the 1960s, in which he criticized political conditions, state repression, social conventions and the art market in particular. He became known in the 1960s for his humorous paintings and assemblages, in which he ironically criticized social structures and the military's interference in politics, as well as the dictatorial conditions in Brazil after the military coup of 1964. He worked in video, audio, object art and with multimedia techniques, and in later years especially in painting.

Dias went to Europe in 1965 to escape authoritarian power relations. In 1972, a Guggenheim Fellowship brought him to New York, followed by stays in Asia, where he worked especially with handmade paper, and in Germany. In 1992 he became a professor at the International Summer Academy of Fine Arts in Salzburg and in 1993 at the State Academy of Fine Arts in Karlsruhe.

Dias has exhibited at the Venice Biennale, Documenta 8 and the Sao Paulo Biennale, among others. He has works in the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Museum Ludwig in Cologne, the Daros Lateinamerika Collection in Zurich and other major international museums.


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