Born in Salvador, Brazil in 1930, Letícia Parente began her art training at a mature age, studying printing techniques at the Núcleo de Artes e Criatividade after moving to Rio de Janeiro in 1971. Critical of traditional roles assigned to women, Parente nevertheless started her career by focusing ironically on domestic spaces and activities considered feminine, such as sewing, applying makeup, and taking care of clothing. In 1976, with the groundbreaking exhibition Medidas (Measurements), Parente turned her attention to science. Realized at the Museu de Arte Moderna do Rio de Janeiro, Medidas is considered the first exhibition in Brazil to combine science and art.