Márcio Vilela (b.1978, Recife – Brazil) lives and works in Lisbon.
He holds degree in photography from the Escola Superior de Tecnologia de Tomar and a master’s degree from the European Master of Fine Art Photography at IED Madrid.
His research is related to landscape studies and the relationship between art and science, and he is often involved with research institutions in astrophysics, aerospace engineering and hydrography, among others.
In 2008, he was one of seven artists selected for the Anteciparte prize. In 2010 he undertook a two-year artistic residency at Carpe Diem Arte e Pesquisa, which resulted in the solo exhibition Mono in 2012. That same year he was selected for the Abre Alas 8 prize, organised by the A Gentil Carioca gallery in Rio de Janeiro. Also in 2012, he took part in an artist’s residency on São Miguel Island in the Azores, at the invitation of Galeria Fonseca Macedo.
This residency resulted, in 2014, in the exhibition Azores and the launch of an artist’s book with the same name. In the same year, at the invitation of the Aloísio Magalhães Museum of Modern Art, he undertook an artistic residency in the city of Recife, with the intention of developing a new artistic work on landscape and colour study. In 2015 he took part in the Pico do Refúgio Creative Residencies on São Miguel Island, developing the research basis for the Satellites series.
In 2018 he was one of the artists invited to take part in the series Um.Artista, by director Markus Avaloni, which premiered the same year on Canal Arte1 Brasil.
In 2019 he presents the project Chromatic Study for Blue at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Brasilia. Later this year, he opens the solo exhibition Satellites at the Museu Nacional de Arte Contemporânea do Chiado – MNAC.
In 2021, he made Previsão de Deriva, about which the television documentary Deriva, directed by Luis Costa, was produced and premiered at the end of 2022.
Also in 2021, he spent five months in the forests of north-eastern Brazil, where he produced the Superflora series, which was shown for the first time at Galeria Foco in Lisbon in January 2022.
His work is represented in the António Cachola Collection, the National Museum of Brasilia, the Aloísio Magalhães Museum of Modern Art, the National Museum of Contemporary Art in Chiado – MNAC, Armando Martins Museum of Contemporary Art – MACAM and in various private collections.