(Passa Vinte, MG, 1960)
Lives and works in São Paulo.
In 1984, Gustavo Rezende attained his bachelor’s degree from Faculdade de Belas Artes, in São Paulo, and held his first solo exhibition, ‘São Paulo: Paisagens Urbanas” (São Paulo Cityscapes).
In the early 1990s, Rezende was selected for two exhibition programs: Project Macunaíma, at Instituto Brasleiro de Arte Contemporânea / Funarte, and the exhibition program of Centro Cultural São Paulo, directed by Sônia Salzstein. In 1991, he was selected for the Havana Biennial and the Panorama of Contemporary Brazilian Art, organized by the Museu de Arte Moderna de São Paulo (MAM). In 1993, he received the British Council Fellowship Award. The following year, with a grant to stay a year, he joined the Master’s degree program at Goldsmiths College, London (England), with the sponsorship of the British Council of São Paulo.
In the middle ninities, Rezende enrolled in philosophy courses taught by Scarlett Marton and Oswaldo Porchat Pereira at the Universidade de São Paulo. In 1996, he showed his work in an important solo exhibition at Espaço Cultural Sergio Porto and, in 1999, took part in the Panorama of Contemporary Brazilian Art with The Paradox of Thompson Clark and Mark’ Nightmares. In 2000, he received the Vitae Arts Scholarship for his project Gratitude for the reunion. The following year his research results were displayed at Galeria Baró Senna, in a solo show with catalogue foreword by Tadeu Chiarelli.
Since 1995, the artist has been teaching tridimensional expression in the Plastic Arts program at Fundação Armando Alvares Penteado (FAAP). In 2004, he earned a PhD in Visual Poetry with the dissertation Reflective Production: Art, Subject and Space he wrote at the Universidade de São Paulo’s School of Communications and Arts, having Carlos Fajardo as advisor. A solo exhibition titled Squeeze or Geografia Negra presented at Centro Universitário Maria Antonia complemented the dissertation. In 2006, he spent six months in Paris on an artistic residence at the Cité Internationale des Arts / Studio FAAP.
In 2010, Rezende was awarded the Acquisition Prize at Pinacoteca do Estado at the 6th SP-Arte, for his work The Passage of Time and the Nature of Love. In 2013, Pinacoteca do Estado organized a solo exhibition of his work, curated by Ivo Mesquita.