Rivane Neuenschwander was born in 1967 in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, where she lives and works. She studied at the School of Fine Arts, UFMG, Brazil and the Royal College of Art in London, England. She has exhibited her work internationally, including solo exhibitions at IASPIS (the International Artists Studio Program in Sweden), Stockholm, Sweden (2000); Stephen Friedman Gallery, London, England (1997, 1999); Galeria Camargo Vilaça, Sao Paolo, Brazil (1998, 2000); and Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin, Ireland (2000). She has participated in numerous international biennials and festivals, including the 5th International Istanbul Biennial, Turkey (1997); the 2nd Johannesburg Biennale, South Africa (1997); XXIV Biennale of Sao Paolo, Brazil (1998); SITE Santa Fe, NM (1999); and the First Liverpool Biennial of Contemporary Art, England (1999). Her work has also been included in group exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (1995); The Museum of Fine Arts of Buenos Aires, Argentina (1996); The Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia (1997); The New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York, NY (1998); Kunstforeningen Copenhagen, Denmark (1999); Nordjyllands Kunstmuseum, Aalborg, Germany (1999); and the National Museum of Art, Osaka, Japan (2000).
Merging the traditions of sculpture and drawing, Rivane Neuenschwander’s work combines precise handicraft with natural and found sources. The results are discrete objects and temporary, material-based installations.
Rivane Neuenschwander was chosen for her ArtPace residency by the March 1998 panel consisting of Dan Cameron, Annette DiMeo Carlozzi, Amada Cruz, Kellie Jones, Hans-Ulrich Obrist, and Nancy Rubins.