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born in rio de janeiro_ brazil_ 1944_ lives and works in rio de janeiro


Studied painting under Iberê Camargo at the Instituto de Belas Artes and graduated in Psychology at Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ). He participated in some of the major Brazilian exhibitions in the 1960s, “Opinião 66” and “Nova Objetividade Brasileira”, both at the Museum of Modern Art of Rio de Janeiro, as well as several group shows, such as 9th, 20th and 29th editions of the São Paulo Art Biennial (1967, 1989 and 2010); the 10th edition of the Paris Biennial; and the 5th edition of the Mercosul Biennial (2005).

During the 70s, Zilio lived in France, where he graduated with a PhD in Arts. Since his return to Brazil in 1980, he participated in several shows. Among the many solo exhibitions he presented, the most important are “Arte e Política 1966 – 1976”, at the Museums of Modern Art of Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo and Bahia (1996 – 1997); “Carlos Zilio”, at Centro de Arte Hélio Oiticica, Rio de Janeiro (2000), which covered his 1990s production; and “Pinturas Sobre Papel”, at Paço Imperial, Rio de Janeiro (2005), and at Estação Pinacoteca de São Paulo (2006). Recently, he participated in the following group shows: “Imagine Brazil” (Oslo, Lyon, Doha, São Paulo and Montreal, 2013 – 2015); “Possibilities of the object – Experiments in Modern and contemporary Brazilian Art” (Edinburgh, 2015) and “Transmissions: art in Eastern Europe and Latin America, 1960 – 1980” (MoMA, New York, 2015).

Zilio lectured at Escola de Belas Artes at the Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ). In 2008, publisher Cosac Naify launched the book Carlos Zilio, organized by Paulo Venancio Filho. He is represented by Galeria Raquel Arnaud since 1997, where he presented his last solo show in 2014. His works can be seen in many institutions, such as the Museums of Contemporary Art of São Paulo, Niterói and Paraná, the Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo, the Museums of Modern Art of São Paulo and the Museum of Modern Art of New York.