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born in rio de janeiro_ brazil_ 1952_ lives and works in geneva_ switzerland
Maria-Carmen studied at the School of Fine Arts of Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, and graduated at École Supérieure d’Art Visuel, where later she came to teach. In the 80's, she moved to New York, studying at Art Student’s League. However, during a visit to Sergio Camargo’s art studio in Carrara, Italy, she fell in love with the density, resistance and weight of marble. In the 90's, during a trip to Volterra (in Tuscany, Italy), she came across the transparency, banded appearance and layers of alabaster, which inspired the artist to produce series of art pieces such as “Lunáticas”, “Montanhas” and “Piercings”. Maria-Carmen took part in various solo exhibitions in Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo and Geneva. In 1996, she was awarded the first prize in an international contest for artist intervention organized by Darier Hentsch & Cie Bank at UNI Dufuor building (University of Geneva), defeating 249 other artists from all over the world.
In 2000, she was again awarded the first prize with the project “As Lanças de Uccello
” at the “Lausanne Gardens 2000” contest, in which she utilized an African plant called “snake plant”. In 2006, Paço Imperial, in Rio Janeiro, held her solo exhibition named “O Mundo Maravilhoso dos Objetos Flutuantes”. In 2007, the Swiss publisher InFolio launched a book with texts by Ronaldo de Brito and Michael Jakob, which registered Maria Carmen’s production since the 80's. Also in 2007, the artist exhibited her work at Espace Topographie de l’art, in Paris, France. In 2008, a solo exhibition featuring her work was organized at Pinacoteca Civica, in Volterra, Italy. In 2009, she took part in a collective exhibition “A Beleza do Erro”, at LX Factory in Lisbon. In 2012 held another exhibition "Luz de Pedra" at Museu de Arte Moderna do Rio de Janeiro, curated by Cristina Burlamaqui. In 2013 organizes another solo exhibition at Galeria Raquel Arnaud which represents the artist since 1994.