Biography

Larissa de Souza (b. 1995, São Paulo, BR) lives and works in São Paulo. A self-taught artist, de Souza explores material and visual languages through painting, layering and re-configuring divergent mediums as essential protagonists within her scenes. The central figure within her work is the Afro-Brazilian woman existing within both her private sphere and community. Drawing upon collective narratives and experiences, both real and imagined, her works navigate between memory, body, desire and ancestry. 

 

Throughout her story-telling, de Souza aims to preserve communal memories on canvas, resisting the historical erasure of the Afro-Brazilian culture. Larissa de Souza incorporates a range of techniques and materials within her work including resin frames, collage, fabric, found objects, and embroidery. Her thickly textured paintings are characterized by the artist’s personal iconography and simple, abstracted environments that suggest psychological space. 


The artist has exhibited widely within Brazil and internationally. Her work is collected by public institutions including the Museu de Arte do Rio (MAR), Rio de Janeiro and Museu de Arte de São Paulo (MASP), São Paulo. Her first solo exhibition in the United States was presented in 2023 by albertz benda in New York and a second solo presentation with the gallery is planned for 2024 in Los Angeles.

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LARISSA DE SOUZA 

B.1995, São Paolo, Brazil

Currently lives and works in São Paolo, Brazil

 

COLLECTIONS

Museu de Arte de Rio, Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brazil

Museum of Modern Art, São Paolo, Brazil

 

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2025             Larissa de Souza, albertz benda, New York, NY (forthcoming)

 

2024             Larissa de Souza, Simoes de Assis, São Paolo, BR

                                    (forthcoming)          

 

2023             Walls That Tell Histories, albertz benda, New York, NY

 

2021              Pertencimento, Hoa Tour Gallery, São Paolo, Brazil

 

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2023              SESC Pompéia, São Paulo, Brazil 

                         Black Art and Thought, Sesc Belenzinho, São Paulo, Brazil 

                         Summer LA Group Show, The Pit, Los Angeles, CA

                         Do You See Me?, albertz benda, Los Angeles, CA

 

2022              Varios 22, curated by Lilia Scwarz, São Paolo, Brazil

                         SPArte Art Fair, Biennial of São Paolo, São Paolo, Brazil

                         Enciclopédia NegraMuseum of Art of Rio de Janeiro (MAR),

                                         Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

                         Por muito tempo acreditei ter sonhado que era livreTomie

                                        Ohtake Institute, São Paolo, Brazil

                         Histórias Brasileiras, Museum of Modern Art, São Paolo, Brazil

 

2021              Internacional Hoa Annual Auction, With Casa Chama, South

                                         Kensington, London, UK

                        Arte Core, Casa Natura, São Paulo, Brazil

                        Water Marks: We Must Remember, Hoa Gallery, South 

                                         Kensington, London, UK

                         SPArte Art Fair, Arca, Vila Leopoldina, São Paulo, Brazil

                         Aqui estou y mnatenho, Hoa Tour Gallery, SPArte,  São Paulo,

                                        Brazil

 

AWARDS & RESIDENCIES 

2023               Finalist, PIPA Prize, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

                          Artist in Residence, Angola Air, Luanda, Angola