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Josely Carvalho

Brazilian-born multimedia artist Josely Carvalho lives and works in New York City and Rio de Janeiro. Her works range from paintings, sculptures and book art to printmaking, video and sound installations and most recently the Internet. Her installations incorporate varied technology in the construction of both digital and physical environments, while her provocative web concept, Book of Roofs  (, weaves sound, text, and images into interactive virtual perspectives on "shelter." Josely has exhibited extensively internationally and nationally at renowned venues such as Art in General (New York); Octógono Site-specific projet, Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo; Museu de Arte de Sao Paulo; Museu de Arte Contemporânea de Sao Paulo; Tyler School of Art Gallery, Philadelphia; Kenyon College, Ohio; Casa de Las Americas, Cuba; Casa del Lago, Mexico City; Miami Dade Community College Gallery North, Florida; Museum of Modern Art (New York), Museo de Bellas Artes, Caracas, Venezuela, among others.

Among her public art works, a permanent installation “Memorial Armênia” a memorial to the Armenian Genocide of 1915 at a subway station in São Paulo (1995).

Josely Carvalho has recently been awarded prestigious grants including Creative Capital Foundation (2000); Rockefeller Foundation's Bellagio International Conference and Research Center residency in Italy (Jan-Feb 2000); New York Foundation for the Arts (1987 e 2000); New York State Council for the Arts, individual artist, 2001; Franz Masereel Print Center, Belgium (2008); Wildwood Press, St. Louis, Missouri (2002 e 2006); NEA Visual Artist Fellowship (1995-96) among others.

Her work can be found in public collections such as: Museu Nacional de Belas Artes, Rio de Janeiro; Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo; Museu de Bellas Artes, Caracas, Venezuela; Museum of Modern Art (MOMA), New York; Museu de Arte Contemporânea de São Paulo; Seguros Sociales, Mexico; Casa de Las Americas, Havana, Cuba.

She is represented by Valu Oria Galeria in São Paulo, Brazil. A bi-lingual full color 256 pages book on her art work, Diary of Images, will be published by Contra Capa Editora, Rio de Janeiro in 2009.


Grants, Awards and Residences

2010-11 Casarão, Viana, Espirito Santo, Brazil residence
2008 Franz Masereel Printing Center, residence, Kasterlee, Belgium
2006 & 2002

Wildwood Press, residence, St. Louis Missouri

2001-02 New York State Council for the Arts (NYSCA) Individual Artist (film/video/media)

Harvestworks, artist-in-residence, New York City

2000 Creative Capital Foundation Grant (Emerging Field)
2000 Rockefeller Foundation, Bellagio International Study & Conference Center, residence, Jan-Feb, Bellagio, Italy
1999-00  New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) Individual Artist grant, (performance/multimedia)
1995-96 National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), Individual artist's grant/(new genre)
1993 & 1992 Art Matters Inc., distribution catalogue “Dia Mater” and installation Art in General, New York
1992 Artist's Book Residency, New York State Council for the Arts, Visual Studies Workshop, Rochester, NY
1991 N.E.A. “My Body is my Country”, Installation, Real Art Ways, Hartford, CT.
1988 Creative Time, New York City – installation at Museum del Barrio, NYC
1986-87 New York Foundation for the Arts, Individual Artist grant (printmaking)
1978-82 New York State Council for the Arts, Artist-in-Residence, The Silkscreen Project, St. Mark’s Church in-the-Bowery
1975-76 National Endowment for the Arts grant, Community Artist-in- Residence, Pilot Project, Arlington, VA
1974-75 Virginia Commission for the Arts, Artists-in-Schools, Arlington Public Schools
1966-67 Washington University, Fellowship, St. Louis, MO.
1964-66 Organization of American States fellowship
Public Art
2000-present Book of Roofs, a bookart webwork project. (
1985 Turtle News 2 (Noticiário da Tartaruga), Eletromidia, electronic board, 2 months throughout Brazil
1995 Memorial Armenia, Subway System of São Paulo, Estação Armênia: permanent  installation: clay, etched glass, text, water and landscape
1988 Turtle News 1, Times Square, Spectacolor board computer animation, Public Art Fund, New York City

Individual Exhibits

2011 URU-KU as disciplinas esquecidas, Casarão Galeria, Viana, Espirito Santo, Brazil
2010 Nidus Vitreo, Museu Nacional de Belas Artes, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
2010 Reflections & Digressions, Galerie Drei, Dresden, Germany
2009 Architectando: Elias Nest, Museu de Arte Contemporânea, USP, São Paulo, Brazil
2009 0001.Tracajá, Museum of Contemporary Art, Jacksonville, Florida

Territórios Brancos,Galeria Valu Oria, São Paulo, Brazil

2007 2007.Desencantando Salmu, Pinacoteca de São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil
2007 Entretelhas, Centro Cultural Banco do Nordeste, Juazeiro, Ceará, Brazil
2006 1816.Maskharah, Galerie Bretenoux, France
2005 A Multiplicação das Telhas, Centro Cultural da Caixa, Brasilia, Brazil
2003 0001.Tracajá,  Museu de Arte Contemporânea de São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil
2002 0144.Xetá, ISEA, Tokyo, Japan

Book of Roofs prints, Des Lee Gallery, St. Louis, MO

2000 Book of Roofs/Livro das Telhas, Museu de Arte Contemporânea do Paraná, Curitiba, Brazil
1998 0144.Xetá, Tyler School of the Arts, Philadelphia, PN

Codex: Dos  SemTeto, Paço das Artes, São Paulo, Brazil

1996 Quarta Ciranda, Gallery North, Miami Dade Community College, Miami

In the Name of the Birds, the Fishes and the Holy Turtle, Olin Gallery, Kenyon College, Ohio


Terceira Ciranda, Instituto de Arte, Universidade de Brasilia Segunda Ciranda Museu de Arte Contemporânea de São Paulo (MAC)


Primeira Ciranda,  Intar Gallery, New York City
Dia Mater I, Art in General, New York City
Dia Mater II,  Museu de Arte de São Paulo (MASP), São Paulo, Brazil

1992 Smell of Fish, Mary Dana Women Artists Series, Douglass College, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ

It's Still Time to Mourn, Hillwood Museum, Brookville, NY
My Body is My Country, Real Art Ways, Hartford, CT
On the Road, Galeria Bass, Caracas, Venezuela


Smell of Fish, Marymount College, New York City
Diary of Images, Franklin and Marshall College, Lancaster, PA
She is Visited by Birds and Turtles, Terne Gallery, NYC


Olor a Pescado, Casa de Las Americas, Havana, Cuba
Cheiro de Peixe, Paço das Artes, São Paulo, Brazil

1985 Smell of Fish, Central Hall Gallery, New York City
1983 Memories, Yvonne Seguy Gallery, New York City
1982 In the Shape of a Woman, Central Hall Gallery, New York
1981 Museum of Modern Art, Bahia, Brazil
1978 Diário Serigráfico, Galeria Portal, São Paulo, Brazil

Potter's House Gallery, Washington, DC
Institute for Policy Studies, Washington, DC

1975 Casa del Lago, Mexico City

Selected Group Exhibits
Centro Cultural do Banco do Brasil, São Paulo; ISEA/2002, Nagoya, Japan; VIPER International Festival of Film/ Video and New Media, Basel, Switzerland; Chelsea Art Museum; 3LeggedDog, New York; Parasolka Floats at the Silk Mill, Union City, New Jersey; Red House, Sofia, Bulgaria; Galerie Rachel Haferkamp, Cologne, Germany; Tesla, Berlin, Germany; Dock4, Kassel Germany; John Michel Kohler Center, Wisconsin; Korean American Museum, Los Angeles, CA; Studio Museum of Harlem, NYC; Monmouth Museum, NJ; Hostos Art Gallery, Bronx, NY; Eugenia Cucalon Gallery, NYC; Center for Book Arts, NY; Joseloff Gallery, University of Hartford, CT; Museo del Barrio, NYC; Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD; The Drawing Center, NYC; Mexican Museum, San Francisco, CA; Museu da Gravura, Curitiba, Pa, Brazil; Galeria de la Raza, San Francisco, CA; Museo del Banco Central del Ecuador, Guayaquil, Ecuador; Museo de la Casa de Cultura, Quito, Ecuador; New Langston Center, San Francisco, CA; II Bienal de Pintura,Cuenca, Ecuador; Anne Plumb Gallery, NYC; Southeastern Massachusetts University, New Bedford, MA; Galerie D’Art Lavelin, Montreal, Canada; Museo de Bellas Artes, Caracas, Venezuela; II Bienal de Habana, Cuba, Museum of Modern Art (MOMA), New York.


Selected Book arts, Publications, Essays and Photo Essays:

  • Diário de Imagens/Diary of Images, a bilingual book about Josely Carvalho’s work with 256 pages, 200 color illustrations and critical texts will be published in 2011 by Contra Capa Editora, Rio de Janeiro
  • Entre os Lençóis/Between the Sheets, bookart, 34 pgs. A book of photography and poetry. Printed at
  • It’s Still Time to Mourn, bookart, 64 pages, ed. 800. Printed in offset at the Visual Studies Workshop, 1992.
  • My Body is my Country, bookart, silkscreen and offset. Ed: 1000. Printed at the artist’s studio with text by the artist and Lucy Lippard, 1991.
  • The Meal, bookart, bi-lingual, hand silkscreen printed on Rives paper by the artist, accordion format 12 pgs. Ed: 25.
  • Burning in Hell, original bookart, Xerox, two colors, commissioned by Franklin Furnace. Collection of MOMA, New York
  • Connections Project/Conexus, bookart. Ed. 600. Xerox with silkscreen cover in collaboration with Sabra Moore.
  • My Body is my Country, Heresies, Latina Issue, 1994.
  • Does Culture have Color?, Meaning, An anthology of artist’s writings, Theory and Criticism. Edited by Susan Bee and Mira Schor, Duke University Press, 2000
  • Making it happen, with Sabra Moore, in AND Journal of Art and Art Education, #18/19, London, England, p.34-35. 1989
  • The Meal, a portfolio of poetry and images, Ikon, #7, Feb 1987. Cover and pp.101-107
  • Story of Elza,  a visual short story, Heresies, Spring 1986, pp 64-65
  • "Solidarity Art By Mail", with Fatima Bercht, Flue: Franklin Furnace, NYC, Winter, p. 41. 1984

Video, Performance and Other Activities:

  • Ich kahn ihn nicht riesen, video, 2010
  • Book of Roofs, webwork (
  • Xetá, digital video + sound; 45 sec, 1998
  • Cirandas,  webwork, 1996
  • In the Name of the Birds, the Fishes and the Holy Turtle; video, 5 min. 1994
  • Cirandas, video, 10 min. 1993
  • Projections for the opera Fata Morgana by Jocy de Oliveira,  Opera House (Teatro Municipal) São Paulo, Brazil, 1990; the Museum of Modern Art of Rio de Janeiro, November 13-16 and December 11-14, 1987
  • Diary of Images, performance/lecture, Albright College, Reading, PA Nov 1989
  • Projection installation, New Music America festival, Miami Planetarium, 1988
  • The Meal, color video, 4.30 min, 1985 (Portuguese and English versions).
  • Make a Silkscreen from a Score: Make a Score from a Silkscreen, color video, 17 min. 1976.
  • Smell of Fish, performance; Casa de Las Americas, Havana, Cuba; Women's Caucus          for Art, Cooper Union, NYC, 1986; Paço das Artes, São Paulo, Brazil, 1985; Central Hall Gallery, NYC,; A.I.R. Gallery, NYC, 1985
  • Diary of Images, poetry reading, St. Mark's Church in the Bowery, NYC, January & Franklin Furnace, NYC, 1984
  • St. Mark's in 1905, color silkscreen poster, edition of 275, commissioned by The Friends of St. Mark's, NYC, 1978
  • Ginkana, an event designed to increase awareness of one's living space, played with the public in general during 36 hours in the city of Curitiba, Brazil, 1974 & National University of Mexico, School of Architecture, with 1500          students and professors throughout Mexico City, 1972
  • 50 original silkscreens commissioned by the Mexican government to be displayed in          public buildings throughout the country, 1972

Selected Public Collections:


Museu Nacional de Belas Artes, Rio de Janeiro


Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo

  Museo de Bellas Artes, Caracas, Venezuela

Bronx Museum of the Arts, New York City


Museum of Modern Art,(MOMA) New York City


Brooklyn Museum, New York


Seguros Sociales, Mexico


Museo de Arte Moderna da Bahia, Brazil


Museu de Arte de São Paulo (MASP), São Paulo, Brazil


Museu de Arte Contemporânea (MAC), São Paulo, Brazil


Museu da Gravura, Curitiba, Brazil


Metropolitano de São Paulo, Subway System, Brazil