Matheus Rocha Pitta (Brazil) in his practice critically explores the exchange mechanisms that rule ordinary life. Central to his work is an acute interest in the formation of value, but instead of the abstract form of money, his attention is drawn to the concrete and quotidian form of the meal. Furthermore, his work develops from research into historical approaches to food in folktales, etymology and Christian eschatology.

Matheus was the recipient of the Illy Sustain Art Prize, Madrid (2008). He participated in the 9th Taipei Biennial (2014) and the 29th São Paulo Biennial (2010). His work is part of important public collections such as the Museum of Modern Art, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and Castello di Rivoli, Turin, Italy.

Recent exhibitions include Museu de Arte do Rio de Janeiro (2014); Fondazione Morra Greco, Naples (2013); Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2013); Krannert Art Museum, Illinois, USA (2013); Museu de Arte Moderna de São Paulo, Brazil (2011); Institute d’Arte Contemporain, Lyon, France (2011) and ARCO, Spain (2009).

Matheus lives and works in Rio de Janeiro.

With support from

Mendes Wood DM and Sprovieri Gallery


The Politics of Food:
Season 2


Spring 2015

Artist’s website



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