Bio

Photo:Pete Purnell 

João Manoel Feliciano is a Spanish – Brazilian artist, active both in Europe and Brazil, he was graduated in Visual Arts at the Federal University of Pernambuco .  Currently based in Berlin. Feliciano’s diverse body of work ranges from traditional media of drawing, painting, to process-oriented, videos and photography or time-based “action” art, The performances and videos are usually of long duration, function as a ritual and often circulate around his hair as a theme.

Conceptually, Feliciano suggests that hair exercises an undeniable effect (on both the artist and the audience) when it takes on psychological, social, racial and/or political subjects. In addition, some of his works incorporate animals, bones and especially organic, common materials as well as references to trees or anything that has had profound personal meaning and in some manner expose Feliciano’s life trajectory. Recurring motifs in his works suggest that art, the hair mythology, organic materials, and one’s “everyday life” are ultimately inseparable.And the way it is read and encoded often overflows in practical and poetic life in matters like space and landscape, identity, and time.

Feliciano’s background and cultural heritage is evident in his work since mostly he presents it with self-portraits or in combination with his hair in relation to other objects, creating dialogues within his human-intellectual trajectory. This is especially true since his home-town Recife, in Brazil, (a town founded by the Dutch and built and shaped by the mestizo people) to his current home base, Madrid, where Feliciano finished his master’s degree in art therapy. 

Some of his works can be found in private and public collections in Europe and Brazil.

Represented by

Galería Antonio de Suñer– Madrid

 Gallery WM  – Amsterdam.

This site hosts a selection of past and ongoing projects by João Manoel Feliciano. Projects may not appear in chronological order or be represented here in their entirety. Texts Relating to projects are derived from diverse sources as noted, including catalogues essays, reviews, interviews and artist’s project statements.

His main exhibitions include:

2017 Collective: Capillary Culture .   WM gallery ,Amsterdam,Nederlands

2017 collective: COLOQUIOS , Galeria Antonio de Suñer.Madrid,España- Calle barquillo 43

2015   Collective  inventario dos Gestos,(Museu de La ciudad)  Cuenca ,Ecuador 2015.

(2014)Invidual:Trinus Capillus  “Trocas Contemporâneas 2013” Rio de Janeiro/ Madrid

(2013) Collective :ULTIMÍSIMOS, Galeria Antonio de Suñer.Madrid,España- Calle barquillo 43
(2012)1 Collective -Oi Futuro Transperformance 2.
João Manoel Feliciano – Barca Capillus
noviembre- Rio de Janeiro-Brasil
2. individual: Sonus,en IAC(instituto de arte contemporánea ) SESC-Universidade Federal de Pernambuco,Recife,Brasil.
3. individual: Mensagem. En Galeria de Arte Dumaresq, Boa Viagem, Recife, Brasil.
4.colective : “Entre Trópicos – 46º05’: Cuba / Brasil” CAIXA Cultural do Rio de Janeiro, Brasil.


(2011)
1.Proyecto “Luggageswapp’’ de la curadora Italiana Chiara Cardinali en Enblanco Kunstshop, Berlin, Alemania.
2.Exposición individual: Vídeo de Artista. IAC (UFPE), Universidade Federal de Pernambuco/Brasil.
(2010)
1. individual: Capillus Corpus en Lokaal WV15 Gallery, Amsterdam, Países Bajos.
2.Collective: “Interações”’ en Galeria de Arte Dumaresq Boa viagem, Recife, Brasil.
(2009)
1.colectiva: “Piso Escorregadio” em Branco do Olho, Recife, Brasil.
2.Individual: La Performance Chorda en el Museo de Arte Moderno Aloísio Magalhães (MAMAM no Pátio), Recife, Brasil.
(2008)1. Premiado en la Muestra Paralelo Portal 2ptos de Arte Contemporáneo con el trabajo: Crystallus Capillus.
2. Collective Spa das Artes 2008: Tardes Performáticas com la performance: Mateus 6:26, 27, Recife, Brasil.
3. individual: Capillus, en el proyecto Trayectorias de la Fundação Joaquim Nabuco, Recife, Brasil.
(2007)
Festival de Video de Pernambuco con el registro de la performance: Crystallus Capillus. Recife, Brasil.
(2006) Individual
Seleccionado para Spa das Artes en Recife/Brasil, con el trabajo Holomentabolos (Intervenção Urbana) con Odontofagia.
Festival Internacional de Cine Indie em Belo Horizonte-Minas Gerais, Brasil.
(2005)
Individual .Branco do Olho, Recife, Brasil.
(2001)collective
Con el grupo Matilha/   Identidades Colectivas: El Artista en el sofá en la Galeria Capibaribe- Universidade Federal de Pernambuco, Brasil.