Rosana Ricalde


Brazilian artist Rosana Ricalde uses the word as image. Born in Niterói, Brazil in 1971 and educated in Engraving at the School of Fine Arts of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, the artist is still influenced by engraving through the discipline it taught her. Her work is not done quickly without process, but rather in a structured, methodical way. By meticulously dissecting and re-assembling chosen texts, the artist destroys their original structure, creating visual intersections of disconnected words.


Ricalde draws inspiration from the world and it’s vastness. In the series Invisible Cities, she builds blueprints of various cities by patiently extracting words and phrases from Italo Calvino book of the same name. It provided Ricalde with her first encounter of maps, spurring her love for literature and led her to read The Travels of Marco Polo. Thus, literature, travel and documentation contribute to all aspects of Ricalde’s work.


Residencies in Croatia, the Netherlands and São Tomé e Príncipe in Africa have contributed to the artist’s interest in culture and led her to international acclaim. Ricalde has exhibited in Lisbon, Paris and Oslo and was represented by Baró Galeria, São Paulo, at the 2011 Art Basel Miami Beach. Galerie Andres Thalmann is honoured to present Rosana Ricalde’s works in her Swiss debut at the exhibition Cross-Border, in St. Moritz.



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