Marcia de Moraes

20.08.13 09.09.13

“Marcia draws attention for basing her work on drawing, a discipline not always recurrent in contemporary art. In large diptychs and polyptychs, she creates abstract forms – and at first glance strange – demanding the viewer a certain time to look from different distances and thus capture the details. The result justifies patience. It is difficult not to be intrigued by the balance between strength and gestures of delicacy. By establishing a kind of landscape of the artist’s soul, the layers of colors give an almost figurative impression “JONAS LOPES.

With this review of Lopes we present this interesting artist who comes to ´ace thanks to the sponsorship of the Ministry of Culture, the Government of Brazil and the Embassy of Brazil in Buenos Aires.

At the residence I intend to continue working on large-format drawings made with graphite and colored pencils. The residency is an opportunity to pay attention to the psychological changes caused by the distance from my home and in this way to reflect on my work.

Marcia de Moraes
1981 | Brazil
Lives in São Paulo, Brazil

2006 | Master of Arts, UNICAMP, Campinas, Brazil
2003 | Bachelor of Arts, UNICAMP, Campinas, Brazil

2012 | Corpo Duplo, Galeria Leme, Sao Paulo, Brazil 2011 | À Deriva no Azul, Carpe Diem Arte e Pesquisa, Lisbon Portugal
2011 | Saint Clair Cemin et Marcia de Moraes: Correspondance Brasilienne, VL Contemporary, Paris France
2010 | Personne, Studio, Galeria Leme, Sao Paulo, Brazil
2009 | Maria Antônia University Center, USP, Sao Paulo, Brazil

2011 | Carpe Diem Arte e Pesquisa, Lisbon, Portugal
2010 | La Cour Dieu, La Roche-en-Brenil, France

2011 | FUNARTE Prize of Contemporary Art, San Pablo, Brazil

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Artists in dialogue


Fundación ´ace para el Arte Contemporáneo, within the program ´acePIRAR (International Artistic Residencies Program) is glad to announce our September ´aceNITE edition, where we will be displaying the work of four of our artists in residence: Eduardo Eloy and Marcia de Moraes from Brazil, along with Amanda Millet-Sorsa and Nicole Mueller’s Open Studio, both from the USA.

About ´aceNITE
Is an event that occurs periodically, on Wednesdays from 7pm to 10pm. During this time ´ace opens its doors and exhibition spaces to the community to show projects made by the artists in residence in exhibitions of installations, audiovisual presentations, art works of Argentine and Latin American artists selected in a free way through Fusionarte Contemporaneo, book presentation, art critics, hold performances or maybe doing everything together!


The Stranger
Marcia de Moraes

04.09.13 14.09.13

During her residency in ‘ace, Brazilian artist Marcia de Moraes constructed a 4 panel polyptych in graphite and color pencil on paper called El Extraño (the Stranger). The final work measured 140cm x 325 cm and was exhibited to the public in the Políglota Gallery. The Stranger, the large scale drawing was intended for that space and therefore, the artist had to work “in- situ” throughout three intense weeks in order to carry it out.



I see many possibilities in drawing. I have a great attraction for the trace left by the pencil. The time it takes also appeals to me, and in the way that I work, it is slow. Unlike photography, the image takes a long time to form. Perhaps it is more like the process of painting unless that here you can not pass “above” what you do not like. In drawing, you must constantly deal with “mistakes” , improvisation and the inclusion of these mistakes in the context of  the whole is what drawing is. Until now I still insist on drawing … but sometimes I think that my drawings could work three dimensionally.

Often, I hear that my drawings looks like paintings. I do not care about these divisions of language. For me, people have the freedom to define my work as they please. What matters is the concept involved, rather than how it’s done. I understand there is a certain curiosity in people when they learn that these large drawings are done so carefully and laboriously. However, when this first impression goes, happens what I think is interesting: the moment in which people can discuss what is actually drawing the image and can be interpreted through their personal repertoires.

Talking about the drawing, basically done in black and white, I do it every day. I think many artists draw constantly. I draw every day in the notebooks I carry with me everywhere and others that are scattered throughout the study. But they are somewhere. These are ideas, sketches, written off, not intended to be shown in exhibitions. At the moment, my work has required a large dimension and color to express what I want.


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