Cassio Michalany

Cassio Michalany

1949, São Paulo, Brazil – 2024, São Paulo, Brazil


Cassio Michalany’s work centers on developing drawings, paintings and reliefs that explore essentially pictorial issues: color, luminosity, matter, geometry, and space. In his paintings, the serialized form is constructed by color, and the artist explores how the most subtle chromatic variations are able to reorganize the entire pictorial and perceptual structure.

His artistic career began in the late 1960s, after having studied drawing with Luiz Paulo Baravelli and Frederico Nasser between 1967 and 1968. He graduated in Architecture from the School of Architecture and Urbanism of the University of São Paulo (FAU/USP) in 1973. Michalany has won the acquisition prize at the 4th edition of Jovem Arte Contemporânea at the Museum of Contemporary Art, in 1970, and at the 7th Salão Paulista de Arte Contemporânea, in 1976.

At Millan, Michalany has participated in the group show Abstração: a realidade mediada, curated by Rodrigo Naves (2022); and held the solo shows Cor-Planar (2019) and The Line Through Absence, in 2023.

Since the 1980s, he has participated in group exhibition such as: Destaques da Arte Contemporânea Brasileira, at the Museu de Arte Moderna, São Paulo (1985); the 19th Bienal de São Paulo (1987), and the 17th and 20th editions of Panorama da Arte Atual Brasileira (1986 and 1989). In 1991 and 1994, respectively, he participated in the exhibitions O Que Faz Você Agora Geração 60?, at the Museu de Arte Contemporânea, and Bienal Brasil Século XX, at the Fundação Bienal de São Paulo. The recognition of his trajectory is marked by the launch of the books Cassio Michalany: paintings, by Cosac Naify (2001), with text by Rodrigo Naves, and Como anda a cor: trabalhos recentes de Cassio Michalany, with text by Tiago Mesquita (2005), in addition to the retrospective shows at Tomie Ohtake Institute (2003), and Painting on the wall, at Centro Universitário Maria Antônia, (2004) both in São Paulo

His works are part of collections such as: Museu de Arte Brasileira da Fundação Armando Alvares Penteado (MAB-FAAP); Pinacoteca de São Paulo; Museu de Arte Contemporânea da Universidade de São Paulo (MAC-USP); Museu de Arte Moderna de São Paulo (MAM-SP).