Ana Pacheco b. 1943
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www.anamariapacheco.co.uk Ana Maria Pacheco (sculptor, painter and printmaker) was born in Brazil in 1943. Following Degrees in both Art and Music she taught and lectured for several years at Universities in Goias before coming to England on a British Council Scholarship to the Slade School of Fine Art, London. Since 1973 she has lived and worked in England. Following two significant group exhibitions - the ICA in 1980 (Women's Images of Men) and the Hayward Annual Drawing Show in 1982 - her first important one person show took place at the Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, in 1983. Since 1983 she has exhibited widely, two UK tours taking her work to a number of venues including the Camden Arts Centre, London and the Museum of Modern Art, Oxford. In October 1994 Birmingham Museum's new Gas Hall Gallery mounted its first exhibition of Contemporary Art, which was devoted to the work of Ana Maria Pacheco. The Longest Journey (Sculpture, polychromed wood) was specially commissioned by Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery for this exhibition with financial support from the Henry Moore Foundation and West Midlands Arts. In 1996 Ana Maria Pacheco was invited to become the fourth Associate Artist at the National Gallery, London. She was both the first non-European and the first sculptor to take up this appointment (1997-2000). The exhibition at the National Gallery (from 29th September 1999 to 9th January 2000) focused on a major new multi-figure sculpture in polychromed wood, Dark Night of the Soul, and a series of paintings: Luz Eterna and Queen of Sheba and King Solomon in the Garden of Earthly Delights. This exhibition then toured to: Wolverhampton Art Gallery; Glynn Vivian Art Gallery, Swansea; The Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester and the Mappin Art Gallery, Sheffield. At the close of the National Gallery tour in January 2001 Dark Night of the Soul was exhibited at the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford and in January 2002 at Salander-O'Reilly Galleries, New York. This was Ana Maria Pacheco's inaugural exhibition of sculpture at the New York gallery and was followed by a second exhibition in February 2003 which focused on a new multi-figure sculpture made for the gallery space: Land of No Return. Memoria Roubada (Sculpture, polychromed wood, 2001) was included in Absences, a touring exhibition organised by National Touring Exhibitions, Norway, curated by David Elliott and Marith Hope. The tour opened at Galleri F-15, Jeløya, Moss in August 2001. From May to October 2004, Land of No Return was the focus of a major exhibition at Brighton Museum and Art Gallery, which was also the launch venue for Prints, a National Touring Exhibition organised by the Hayward Gallery for Arts Council, England. Brief Biography 1943 Born in Goiás, Brazil. 1960-64 Bachelor of Arts in Sculpture, University of Goiás, Brazil. Degree in Music, Federal University of Goiás, Brazil. 1965 Studies in Music and Education, University of Brazil, Rio de Janeiro. 1966-73 Lecturer at the School of Fine Arts and the School of Architecture, University of Goiás. Lecturer at the Institute of Art, Federal University of Goiás. 1973-75 British Council Scholarship to the Slade School of Fine Art, London. 1985-89 Head of Fine Art, Norwich School of Art, Norfolk. 1996 Appointed Fourth Associate Artist at the National Gallery, London (1997-2000). 1999 Awarded the Ordem de Rio Branco. 2000 Honorary Degree (Doctor of Letters), University of East Anglia. 2002 Honorary Degree (Doctor of Philosophy), Anglia Polytechnic University. 2003 Fellow, University College, London. Selected Exhibitions 1991 Camden Arts Centre, London and the Museum of Modern Art, Oxford, one person show (Sculpture and Drawings). 1994 Norwich Castle Museum, Norfolk, one person show (Sculpture and Prints). Birmingham Museums & Art Gallery (Gas Hall), one person show (Sculpture and Paintings). 1994-96 Twenty Years of Printmaking, touring exhibition (UK and Norway). 1994-02 The Print Fair at the Armory, New York City, USA. 1995 Ormeau Baths Gallery, Belfast, Northern Ireland - inaugural exhibition (Sculpture and Prints). Sculpture at Goodwood/Hat Hill Sculpture Foundation. 1996 The Chicago Art Fair, USA (Sculpture). The Trout Gallery, Dickinson College, Pennsylvania, USA, one person show (Sculpture and Prints). 1997 The Old Jail Art Center, Albany, Texas, one person show (Sculpture and Prints). Aberystwyth Arts Centre, Wales, one person show (Sculpture and Prints). 1997-98 Wolverhampton Art Gallery (1997) and Derby Art Gallery (1998), The Body Politic, group show (Sculpture). 1999 Kilkenny Arts Festival, Ireland (Sculpture and Paintings). 1999-00 National Gallery, London - Ana Maria Pacheco in the National Gallery (Sculpture and Paintings) touring to Wolverhampton Art Gallery; Glynn Vivian Art Gallery, Swansea; Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester; Mappin Art Gallery, Sheffield. 2000 Museu Nacional de Belas Artes, Rio de Janeiro and Museu de Arte Contemporanea, Goiania, Brazil (Prints and Drawings). Dak’ Art 2000, Senegal, West Africa (Sculpture). 2001 Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, one person show (Sculpture and Prints). Blackburn Museum &Art Gallery (Sculpture). 2001-02 Absences - touring group exhibition, Norway (Sculpture). 2002 Salander-O’ Reilly Galleries, New York City, one person show (Sculpture - Dark Night of the Soul). British Museum - Queen of Sheba:Treasures from Ancient Yemen (Drawing). 2003 Salander-O’ Reilly Galleries, New York City, one person show (Sculpture - Land of No Return). 2004 Purdy Hicks Gallery, London, one person show (Sculpture, Drawings and Prints). Brighton Museum & Art Gallery, one person show: Land of No Return (Sculpture and Works on Paper). National Touring Exhibitions - a touring exhibition of prints launched at Brighton Museum and Art Gallery, May 2004.