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Mariana Rocha

1988, Niterói, Rio de Janeiro



Mergulho entre peles e cabelos e puxo de lá o que eu não sou capaz de dizer, 2022

Acrylic, oil pastel and stick on canvas
39 2/5 × 29 1/2 in
100 × 75 cm

Mariana Rocha’s drawings are formed from stains, from which the lines leak or overflow. Intuitively, she looks for the place that each element should occupy in space, delimiting, however, the paths to be followed. There is a desire to shelter and fit in, but also to explore and occupy new places in the world.
The sea, which has aroused her fear and curiosity since childhood, is chosen to start a journey towards deep waters. The dive started with the skin. Or, to investigate further, she had to go through many layers of skin marked by histories, trauma, wounds and scars.
She collects mysteries engraved on the shells of once-living molluscs; octopuses, squids, sea angels – creatures that distance themselves and, at the same time, approach humans.  They are made of the same stuff, after all. In the wild sea, which is so opposed to the cloistering domestic environment, she reaches her own depths and abysses. Because she can't send her probes out to sea, she use images generated by probes sent inside of her.
She bring here what she finds stored in these seas, in their shallow and deep waters.

Mariana Rocha (b. 1988, Niterói, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) is a visual artist and teacher. She has a degree in Visual Arts from the University of the State of Rio de Janeiro and a master's degree in Contemporary Artistic Processes by the Graduate Program in Arts at the same institution. It addresses issues related to the body, memory and the feminine, in works that are at the intersections between drawing and painting, performance and photography. In her current research, she investigates the existence of a sea inside her own body, understanding both as similar universes in their compositions and abyssal depths, in addition to weaving relationships with marine fauna, especially with animals classified as molluscs. In 2020, she received the Erika Ferreira Prize for Creation and Development, from the Niterói Municipal Department of Cultures, and in 2019, the prize for Best artistic research at the III Meeting of Graduate Students in Arts of the State of Rio de Janeiro (PEGA). In 2018, she participated in the course Imersões Poéticas, from Escola semsite/Paço Imperial, RJ. She held her first solo exhibition, Entrelaços, in 2016, at Sala José Cândido de Carvalho, in Niterói/RJ and participated in many group exhibitions such as Aqui Somos y Mantenho, HOA Galeria, São Paulo/SP - Circuit SP-Arte Viewing room (2021), Vivendo under fire, Centro Cultural da Justiça Federal, Rio de Janeiro/RJ (2019), Evidence, Paço Imperial, Rio de Janeiro/RJ (2018), 24th Salon of Plastic Arts of Praia Grande, São Paulo (2017), 15th Salon of Art in Guarulhos, São Paulo (2016), CAIXA Biennial Exhibition of New Artists - Itinerant: Curitiba/PR, São Paulo/SP, Brasília/DF, Fortaleza/CE, Recife/PE, Salvador/BA and Rio de Janeiro/ RJ (2015) and Possible Agreements at Mendes Wood DM, Brussels.



As águas de dentro, 2022
acrylic, oil pastel and oil on canvas
46.06  ×  36.61
117 × 93 cm




A saudade é mesmo uma prece de amor, 2021

Acrylic on canvas
71 7/10 × 59 4/5 × 1 3/5 in
182 × 152 × 4 cm


Mergulho entre pele e cabelos e puxo de lá o que eu não sou capaz de dizer (II), 2022

Acrylic and oil pastel on canvas
39 2/5 × 34 3/10 in
100 × 87 cm


Pavão que pousa na aroeira, o descanso do meu pai , 2021

Acrylic on canvas
57 0/86 × 31 4/96 × 1 3/5 in
145 × 80 × 4 cm


Thaumoctopus mimicus (dyptich), 2021
Acrylic, ink and crayon on paper
29 9/10 × 43 3/10 in
76 × 110 cm






Clione limacina, Limacina helicina, 2022
Acrylic, oil pastel and stick on canvas
39 2/5 × 29 1/2 × 1 3/5 in
100 × 75 × 4 cm



A eclosão, 2022

Oil pastel and acrylic on canvas
63 × 70 9/10 in
160 × 180 cm



Untitled I, 2022

Acrylic on canvas
43 3/10 × 41 3/10 × 1 3/5 in
110 × 105 × 4 cm



Mucosa, molusco, 2021 
Acrylic, oil pastel and oil stick on canvas
31/49 × 27/55
80× 70 cm 


SOLO EXHIBITIONS



Para investigar o mar, precisei atravessar a pele, 2021, HOA Galeria São Paulo