Marcus Vinícius sadly passed away on September 3rd 2012 at the age of 27. He was scheduled to perform in Out of Site 2012 on September 7th but was not able to get a visa in time. We added his proposed performance ‘Frágil’ to the final performance, with Happy Collaborationists performed by Andrew Meyler, as a tribute to his life’s works and his contribution to the International Performance Community. May he rest in peace and always be remembered. For more about Marcus Vinícius and his work, please read his bio below and visit his website at www.marcusvinicius.tk
Marcus Vinícius was a Brazilian visual artist who lived and worked in the world. He grew up in the island Vitória and studied Visual Arts (Performance Art) at the Visual Arts Academy at Universidade Federal do Espírito Santo (UFES). He was based in Buenos Aires concluding PhD studies in Latin America Contemporary Art at Universidad Nacional de La Plata (UNLP). Since 2007, he created work across video, photography, installation, drawing and performance. The body was his subject and medium. Exploring the physical and mental limits of his being, he withstood pain, exhaustion, silence and danger in the quest for emotional and spiritual transformation in durational works.
He presented work internationally in galleries, projects and festivals in Brazil, United Kingdom, Argentina, Colombia, Mexico, Bolivia, United States, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Italy, Russia, Finland, Sweden, Estonia, Latvia, Norway, France and Peru. Marcus Vinícius lectured widely, including at Facultad de Artes ASAB, in Colombia, Facultad de Artes Visuales – UANL, in México and Academia Non Grata, in Estonia. In 2011 he became visiting professor for Performance Art at the Svefi – Sverigefinska folkhögskolan, in Sweden.
He was the subject of monographs, essays and texts and published essays specializing in contemporary art for local and international publications such Escáner Cultural (Chile), Reticências… crítica de arte and Tatuí (Brazil) and ramona | revista de artes visuales (Argentina). In 2009 he was awarded the scholarship to young artists at ECuNHi – Espacio Cultural Nuestros Hijos (1st edition), of the Fundación Madres de Plaza de Mayo, and the FNA – Fondo Nacional de las Artes, in Argentina.
He was an independent curator, since 2007 and made exchange projects, production and research in Performance Art. He was the coordinator of the LAP! _Laboratório de Ação e Performance and with the visual artist Rubiane Maia he organized of the TRAMPOLIM _plataforma de encontro com a arte da performance, both based in Vitória, Brazil. Curator of various international art projects and exhibitions, in 2010 was guest international curator of the Festival Internacional de Arte Acción ZONADEARTENACCIÓN ’10, in Buenos Aires and in 2011 was member of the organizing committee of the V::E::R – Encontro de Arte Viva, in Terra UNA, Brazil.