Márcio Vilela (b.1978, Recife – Brazil), lives and works in Lisbon.
He has a degree in photography from 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, being frequently involved with research institutions in astrophysics, aerospace engineering, hydrography, among others.
In 2008 he was one of the seven artists selected for the Anteciparte prize. In 2010 he developed a two-year artistic residency at Carpe Diem Arte e Pesquisa, from which resulted the solo exhibition Mono, in 2012. In the same year he was selected for the award Abre Alas 8, promoted by the gallery A Gentil Carioca, in Rio de Janeiro. Also in 2012 he participated in an artist residency on the island of São Miguel, 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 book with the same name. In the same year, at the invitation of the Museum of Modern Art Aloísio Magalhães, he carried out an artist residency in the city of Recife, with the intention of developing a new artistic work on landscape and colour study.
In 2015 he integrated the Creative Residencies of Pico do Refúgio, on São Miguel Island, developing the research bases for the series Satellites.
In 2018 he was one of the artists invited to participate in the series Um.Artista, by director Markus Avaloni, premiering the same year on Canal Arte1 Brazil.
In 2019 he presents the project Chromatic Study for Blue at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Brasilia. Also this year he inaugurates the exhibition Satellites at the National Museum of Contemporary Art in Chiado – MNAC.
Em 2021 realizou “Previsão de Deriva”, sobre o qual foi produzido o documentário para televisão “Deriva”, do Realizador Luis Costa, com estreia marcada para o final do ano de 2022.
Ainda em 2021 permanece durante 5 meses nas florestas do nordeste brasileiro onde produz a série Superflora, agora apresentada pela primeira vez na Galeria Foco.
Desde 2007 é docente na área da fotografia.
As suas obras estão representadas na Coleção António Cachola, Museu Nacional de Brasília, Museu de Arte Moderna Aloísio Magalhães, Museu Nacional de Arte Contemporânea do Chiado – MNAC, Museu de Arte Contemporânea Armando Martins – MACAM e em diversas coleções privadas.