Marcelo Cidade was born in 1979 in São Paulo, where he currently lives and works. Through an often subversive and informal practice, Cidade questions the ideals of modernist architecture, appropriates urban spaces, and, by means of various aesthetic operations, invents new idioms, constructing fresh and surprising spaces. Comparing established social relations and values, Cidade produces an “aesthetics of resistance,” creating works that express complex social conflicts and bring signs and situations from the street into spaces given over to art. One of his particular interests is the public space generated in urban areas and the technological flux of our surveillance society.
Cidade has had solo exhibitions at Kadist Art Foundation, San Francisco (2014), Galleria Continua, San Gimignano, Italy (2014), Casa França-Brasil, Rio de Janeiro (2013), Galeria Vermelho, São Paulo (2012, 2010, 2008, and 2006), Furini Arte Contemporanea, Rome (2010), and Centro Cultural São Paulo (CCSP) (2008), among others. He has participated in group exhibitions at the Museo Tamayo, Mexico City (2014), Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, Ohio (2014), Museu de Arte do Rio (MAR), Rio de Janeiro (2014), Museo d’Arte Moderna de São Paulo (2014, 2012, 2011, and 2010), the Broad Art Museum, East Lansing, Michigan (2013), the Krannert Art Museum, Champaign, Illinois (2103), CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts (2012), Tate Liverpool, England (2011), MUSAC – Castilla y Léon, Spain (2010), and the 27th São Paulo Biennial (2006), among others.