Biography

‘To understand Gomes’s work is to understand the importance of her authorial hand in the validation of her work – which can perhaps be perceived as a self-portrait, charting her relationship with the material as she manipulates it into a sculptural object – a modernist perspective at odds with the more contemporary notion that it is the beholding subject who dictates the semantics of a work.’1

Read more

Fernanda Gomes (b.1960, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) lives and works in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Gomes recently participated in the 13th Istanbul Biennial, Turkey (2013), the 30th São Paulo Biennial, Brazil, curated by Luis Perez-Oramas (2012) and the Rennes Biennial, France (2012).

Gomes has had solo exhibitions at Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo, Brazil (2019); Vienna Secession, Austria (2019); Museo Jumex, Mexico City, Mexico (2017); Alison Jacques Gallery, London, UK (2017); Galeria Luisa Strina, São Paolo, Brazil (2017); Galerie Peter Kilchmann, Zurich, Switzerland (2015); Galeria Luisa Strina, São Paulo, Brazil (2014); Alison Jacques Gallery, London, UK (2013); Centre International de l’art et du Paysage, Vassivière, France (2013); City Museum, Lisbon, Portugal (2012); MAM Rio, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (2011); Museum of Contemporary Art Serralves, Porto, Portugal (2006); and Chisenhale Gallery, London, UK (1997).

Her work has been included in recent group exhibitions at Museu Coleção Berardo, Lisbon, Portugal (2019); The Warehouse, Dallas, US (2019); PAC, Milan, Italy (2018); MAM Museu de Arte Moderna, São Paulo, Brazil (2017); Instituto Tomie Ohtake, São Paulo, Brazil (2017); The Warehouse, Dallas, US (2017); Caixa Cultural, São Paulo, Brazil (2017); Punta della Dogana, François Pinault Foundation, Venice, Italy (2016); and David Zwirner, New York, US (2016).

Gomes’s work is included in many international museums, including the Art Institute of Chicago, US; Miami Art Museum, US; Vancouver Art Gallery, Canada; Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; MAM Rio, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; and Tate, London, UK.

1. Oliver Basciano, ArtReview, 21 July 2014

Read less

Works

Untitled, 2020

Wood and paint
50 x 30 x 3 cm (19 3/4 x 11 3/4 x 1 1/8 in)
Courtesy: © Fernanda Gomes

Untitled, 2018

Cotton ribbon, wood and paint
72 x 10.2 x 1.2 cm (28 3/8 x 4 1/8 x 1/2 in)
Courtesy: © Fernanda Gomes

Untitled, 2018

Wood and paint
18 x 66.7 x 11 cm (7 1/8 x 26 1/4 x 4 3/8 in)
Courtesy: © Fernanda Gomes

Untitled, 2017

Wood, paint and canvas
60.3 x 98 x 10 cm (23 3/4 x 38 5/8 x 4 in)
Courtesy: © Fernanda Gomes

Untitled, 2017

Wood and paint
44 x 30 x 7.5 cm (17 3/8 x 11 3/4 x 3 in)
Courtesy: © Fernanda Gomes

Untitled, 2017

Ink on wood
35 x 35 x 2 cm (13 3/4 x 13 3/4 x 3/4 in)
Courtesy: © Fernanda Gomes

Untitled, 2017

Wood and paint
10 x 27.6 x 5 cm (4 x 10 7/8 x 2 in)
Courtesy: © Fernanda Gomes

Untitled, 2017

Wood and paint
8 x 8 x 2.5 cm (3 1/8 x 3 1/8 x 1 in)
Courtesy: © Fernanda Gomes

Untitled, 2017

Wood and paint
15 x 15.5 x 5.5 cm (5 7/8 x 6 1/8 x 2 1/8 in)
Courtesy: © Fernanda Gomes

Untitled, 2014

Wood and paint
17.5 x 54.5 x 1.2 cm (6 7/8 x 21 1/2 x 1/2 in)
Courtesy: © Fernanda Gomes

Untitled, 2013

Wood, ping pong balls and paint
Diameter of each: 22.8 cm (9 in); plinth: 30 x 90 x 90 cm (11 3/4 x 35 3/8 x 35 3/8 in)
Courtesy: © Fernanda Gomes

Untitled, 2013

Cigarette paper and thread
45.5 x 3.5 cm (17 7/8 x 1 3/8 in); overall: 97.5 x 3.5 x 0.2 cm (38 3/8 x 1 3/8 x 1/8 in)
Courtesy: © Fernanda Gomes

Untitled, 2013

Wood and nails
Left: 31 x 26 x 2.3 cm (12 1/4 x 10 1/4 x 7/8 in); right: 14 x 2.3 x 0.5 cm (5 1/2 x 7/8 x 1/4 in)
Courtesy: © Fernanda Gomes

Untitled, 2013

Feather
12 x 3 cm (4 3/4 x 1 1/8 in)
Courtesy: © Fernanda Gomes

Untitled, 2009

Chalk
2 x 9.8 x 2 cm (3÷4 x 3 7/8 x 3/4 in)
Courtesy: © Fernanda Gomes

Untitled, 2006

Glass, water and gold
12.4 x 4.9 cm (4 7/8 in x 1 7/8 in)
Courtesy: © Fernanda Gomes

  • Untitled, 2020
  • Untitled, 2018
  • Untitled, 2018
  • Untitled, 2017
  • Untitled, 2017
  • Untitled, 2017
  • Untitled, 2017
  • Untitled, 2017
  • Untitled, 2017
  • Untitled, 2014
  • Untitled, 2013
  • Untitled, 2013
  • Untitled, 2013
  • Untitled, 2013
  • Untitled, 2009
  • Untitled, 2006

Press

Review: Fernanda Gomes, Pinacoteca do Estado

Ela Bittencourt, Hyperallergic

January 2020

Review: Fernanda Gomes, Secession

Franz Thalmair, Artforum

January 2019

Ten to See: London

ArtReview

January 2017

Review: Fernanda Gomes, Centre international d’art et du paysage

Simone Menegoi, Artforum

December 2013

It Takes a Lot to Do a Little

Laura McLean-Ferris, Flash Art

October 2013

In a Word, Beauty

Fernanda Gomes, Tate Etc.

September 2013

Review: Fernanda Gomes, Alison Jacques Gallery

Isobel Whitelegg, frieze

September 2013

Consciousness of An Object

Oliver Basciano, ArtReview

September 2013

Review: Fernanda Gomes, Casa de Cultura Laura Alvim

Sergio Martins, Artforum

April 2013

Review: Fernanda Gomes, Museu de Cidade

Filipa Oliviera, Artforum

August 2012

Review: Fernanda Gomes, Centro Cultural Institution

Carla Zaccagnini, ArtNexus

June 2011

In Conversation: Ernesto Neto and Fernanda Gomes

BOMB

October 2008

Exhibitions

Fernanda Gomes

1 February15 March 2017

Books

Fernanda Gomes

Pinacoteca de São Paulo

2019

Fernanda Gomes

Fundación Jumex Arte Contemporáneo

2018

Fernanda Gomes

Pavilhão Branco, João Fernandes

2012

Fernanda Gomes

Museu de Arte Contemporânea de Serralves

2006

Fernanda Gomes

Galeria Luisa Strina

1994

News

Fernanda Gomes

Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo

Lygia Clark, Fernanda Gomes, Ana Mendieta & Michelle Stuart

in ‘The Sensation of Space’, The Warehouse, Dallas

Fernanda Gomes

Secession, Vienna

Fernanda Gomes

in ‘Concrete Contemporary’, Museum Haus Konstructiv, Zürich

Fernanda Gomes

in ‘The Marvellous Cacophony’, Cultural Centre of Belgrade, Serbia

Fernanda Gomes

Museo Jumex, Mexico City

Fernanda Gomes

in ‘Brazil: Knife in the flesh’, PAC, Milan