Aryson Heráclito is a visual artist and a curator. He completed a mater Degree in Communications and Semiotic at the Catholic University in São Paulo, he became a Visual Arts Professor at the Centre of Arts and Humanities at the Federal University of the Recôncavo of Bahia (UFRB).

His artistic career is spanning from installation, to performance, photography and one of his main concern is the relationship between elements of Afro Brazilian world and its connection after the great diaspora from Africa to America. He has been receiving three nominations for the PIPA Prize in 2012-2015 and 2016, and he was honoured at Bamako Encounters – African Photography Biennial in Mali, alongside of many others important group exhibition he has been the curator of the 3rd Biennial of Bahia, and afterwards selected by Marina Abramovic to take part at the project “Oito Performances”


Ayrson Heráclito
Macaúbas, 1968

Past Exhibitions

Because We Are Them

Blau Projects
19/11/2016 — 17/12/2016

Ayrson Heráclito: Black Pearl

Blau Projects
20/08/2016 — 24/09/2016

Ayrson Heráclito: Atotô, Obaluayê!

Blau Projects
20/07/2016 — 24/09/2016

TRIO Bienal 2015: Utopias – Pretéritos da Contemporaneidade

Memorial Getúlio Vargas 06/09/2015 — 26/11/2015

Do Valongo à Favela: Imaginário e Periferia

Museu de Arte do Rio (MAR)
27/05/2014 — 10/03/2015

Solo Shows


“Genealogy of Materials / Généalogie des Matières”, Raw Material Company, Dakar, Senegal


“Atlântico Negro”, Central Gallery, São Paulo, Brazil


Group Shows


“Viva Arte Viva”, 57th Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy


“Miroir – Effacement”, Gallery Imane Farès, Paris, France


“African Photography Biennial – 10 Rencontres de Bamako no Mali”, Bamako, Mali

“International Biennial of Curitiba”, Brazil

“10th Mercosul Biennial”, Porto Alegre, Brazil

“Wer hat Angst vor dem Museum?, Weltmuseum Wien, Vienna, Austria

“Terra Comunal – Marina Abramović + MAI: Oito Performance – Transmutação da Carne”, Sesc Pompéia, São Paulo, Brazil

Contacts & Details

City of birth: Macaúbas Country of birth: Brazil Date of birth: 1968 Lives in: Cachoeira