Lidia Lisbôa

Lidia Lisbôa

1970, Vila Guarani/Terra Roxa, Brazil
Lives and works in São Paulo, Brazil


Lidia Lisbôa works with sculpture, engraving, painting, sewing and crochet. Her artistic practice is developed at the intersection between art object, performance and ritual, as each step in the construction of her poetics unfolds into performative action. The production of textile pieces in performances operates the weaving as an act equally practical and reflective. The use of fabric constitutes a fundamental structure in the eloquence of her artistic language, which addresses present and past through autobiographical, territorial and ancestral themes. This elevates the artist’s work to a field of political and social action as it brings out a critical perspective on gender. Her manual expressivity is thus embedded with a complexity that shows itself as both sensitive poetics and an act of resistance.

Lisbôa’s most recent solo shows are Ofício: Fio: Lidia Lisbôa: Mulher Esqueleto, Sesc Pompeia, in São Paulo, 2023; Acordelados, Millan, in 2022, and Memórias do afeto, Centro Cultural Santo Amaro, in São Paulo, in 2021. Lisbôa has benn part of numerous group exhbitions, among which are Dos Brasis: arte e pensamento negro, at Sesc Belenzinho, in São Paulo, 2023; Brasil futuro: As formas da democracia, in Brasília, Belém and Salvador, 2023; in addition to the 37th Panorama de arte brasileira: Sob as cinzas, brasa, at the MAM São Paulo, in 2022; 13th Bienal Mercosul Biennial: trauma, dreams and escape, at MARGS, in Porto Alegre, 2022; Um século de agora, Itaú Cultural, São Paulo, 2022; Arte Atual: Por muito tempo acreditei ter sonhado que era livre, Instituto Tomie Ohtake, São Paulo, 2022; Enciclopédia negra, Pinacoteca do Estado, São Paulo. 2021, among others. Her work is featured in institutional collections such as ISLAA – Institute for Studies on Latin American Art, New York, USA; Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo; Museo del Barrio, New York, USA, and Museu de Arte do Rio Grande do Sul, in Porto Alegre.