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Vik Muniz

São Paulo, Brazil, 1961


Vik Muniz (Brazilian, b. 1961) is a contemporary artist renowned for his innovative and conceptually rich approach to art. Born in São Paulo, Brazil, Muniz has become a prominent figure on the international art scene, known for his use of unconventional materials and engagement with diverse artistic mediums.

Muniz’s work often blurs the boundaries between representation and abstraction. He is celebrated for creating intricate, large-scale compositions using unexpected materials such as chocolate, sugar, dirt, and even found objects. His process involves meticulously arranging these materials to recreate iconic images from art history, popular culture, and photography.

Beyond his technical prowess, Muniz’s art carries a profound narrative dimension. His pieces often explore themes of identity, perception, and the power of images. Notable among his projects is the “Pictures of Garbage” series, where he collaborated with garbage pickers in Brazil to create intricate portraits using recycled materials.

With an extensive exhibition history, Muniz’s works have been showcased in major institutions worldwide, including the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York and the Tate Modern in London. His ability to merge artistic skill with intellectual depth has solidified Vik Muniz as a trailblazer in contemporary art, consistently challenging conventional notions of representation and artistic process.

Art photo courtesy of The Wall Street International
Profile photo of Vik Muniz, courtesy of Barney Kulok