Regina Vater was born in 1943 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and studied architecture at the Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Currently, she lives and works in Austin, TX. Since the 1960s, Vater has exhibited her work widely throughout Brazil and the U.S., including solo exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art, Rio de Janiero, Brazil; the Museum of Brazilian Art, Sao Paulo; Pinacoteca do Estado, Sao Paulo, Brazil; the Jack S. Blanton Museum of Art (formerly the Huntington Art Gallery) at The University of Texas at Austin; Donnell Library, New York; Southeast Museum of Photography, Daytona Beach, FL; Mexic-Arte, Austin, TX; and Women and Their Work, Austin, TX. She has participated in a large number of group exhibitions, including shows at the Studio Museum in Harlem, New York; San Diego Museum of Art, CA; The Clocktower Gallery/P.S. 1, New York; Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore; National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, DC; and the National Royal Museum, Antwerp, Belgium. Her work has been included in international festivals and biennials, notably the 1988 Texas Triennial; the 1981 Sao Paulo Biennial, Brazil; the 1976 Venice Biennale, Italy; and the 1967 Paris Biennial, France.
Metaphysics and the cultural traditions of her Brazilian roots have been the primary subjects of Regina Vater’s long career. Since the 1970s, Vater has produced a wide range of installation art, drawing inspiration from mythological themes related to indigenous and Yoruba Brazil, especially with regard to notions of time. Her explorations of sacred and ritualistic practices merge with her personal and social histories in works that incorporate visual poetry, found objects and media to convey a universal sense of healing. Vater’s contributions to and investigations of Brazilian culture have been significant and widely recognized.