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Bené Fonteles

Born in 1953 in Bragança-PA, lives and works in Brasilia. He is an artist, journalist, editor, writer poet and composer. He started his carrer in 1971 at the 3º Salão Nacional de Artes Plásticas do Ceará. Since then he wanders between art and crafting, basing his work by the transformation of basic or fragile materials, lifelike or barely affected by man, like stones, tree trunks, ropes, rustic fabrics, wires and others. Participated five times of the Bienal de São Paulo, as well as at the Panorama de Arte Atual Brasileira at the MAM in São Paulo and experimental shows at the Museu de Arte Contemporânea at the USP. From his solo shows, it can be highlighted the “Audiovisuais” and “Terra”, performed at the Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo, “Bené Fonteles” at the Parque Lage in Rio de Janeiro and many others. He is also present at many private and institutional collections across cities like São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Curitiba, Fortaleza, Belém, Cuiabá, Paris and New York. Besides acting as a visual art, he also edited and published many books about artists like Rubem Valentim, Mario Cravo Neto and Athos Bulcão. He also acts as a curator and creating expography projects for visual art shows. As a musician, edited tree albums with special participation of Egberto Gismonti, Luiz Gonzaga, Belchior, Luli e Lucina, Duofel, Gilberto Gil, Tetê Espíndola and Ney Matogrosso. He was also director of the Museu de Arte of UFMT and the Museu de Arte de Brasília and was awarded the Order of Cultural Merit by the Ministry of Culture.