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She studied at the School of Industrial Design in Rio de Janeiro (1964 – 1965). From 1970 to 1978 she lived in Milan, Italy, where she worked as a designer at Olivetti’s Corporate Image Studio. From 1973 on she produces and exhibits her artistic work.
Among the shows, the following stand out: 9th Paris Biennial (1975); 15th São Paulo International Biennial (1981); itinerant exhibition “Cartographies” (1993), Bronx Museum (New York), National Gallery (Ottawa, Canada) and also in Winnepeg (Canada); Bogota; Caracas and Madrid; Bienal Brasil 20th Century (São Paulo, 1994); “The body of sculpture: the work of Iole de Freitas”, at the Museum of Modern Art in São Paulo and at the Paço Imperial in Rio de Janeiro (1997); Project for permanent installations of the Museu do Açude, in Rio de Janeiro (1999); solo show at Hélio Oiticica Art Center (Rio de Janeiro, 2000), “Iole de Freitas”, at Vale Museum (Vila Velha, 2004), and “Iole de Freitas”, at Banco do Brasil Cultural Center (Rio de Janeiro, 2005 ); 5th Mercosul Biennial (Porto Alegre, 2005). In 2007 Iole was invited to make a site-specific at Documenta 12, Kassel, Germany, and in 2008 she presented her work at the Iberê Camargo Foundation, in Porto Alegre. In 2009 she exhibited at Casa França-Brasil (Rio de Janeiro) and at Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo, and participated in the “O Desejo da Forma” exhibition at Akademie der Kunst, in Berlin. In 2015 Iole occupied the Monumental Space of MAM Rio de Janeiro with the exhibition “The weight of each one”. In 2016, she participated in the exhibition “Os Outros e o UM: Arte Contemporânea Brasileira, at Instituto Tomie Ohtake. In 2017 she participates in the exhibition “Ways to see Brazil: Itaú Cultural 30 anos”, Oca, Ibirapuera Park (São Paulo) and in 2018 in the exhibition “BRAZIL. Knife in the Flesh” at PAC – Padiglione d’Arte Contemporanea (Milan). In the same year she participated in the exhibition “Radical Women: Latin American Art, 1960–1985” at the Hammer Museum and in 2019 at the Brooklyn Museum and at the Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo.
Her trajectory is documented in several texts and publications by renowned art critics. She has been represented by Galeria Raquel Arnaud since 1988.