Born in Sao Paulo, Brazil, but living and working in New York City, Vik Muniz is considered by many to be the most important contemporary Latin American artist. Though he started his career as a sculptor in the late 1980s, Muniz’s acclaim grew with the 1997 series “Pictures of Chocolate”. Very socially conscious, the 2010 documentary film “Waste Land”, directed by Lucy Walker, highlights Muniz work on a garbage dump outside of Rio de Janeiro. Also known for his creative appropriation (such as recreating a screen print by Andy Warhol using jelly and peanut butter), Muniz has reinvented appropriation in the arts through the constant use of new media while taking a circumspect look at history and the present day.
Muniz has been the subject of many solo exhibitions including: Vik Muniz, High Museum of Art, Atlanta, Georgia (2016); Vik Muniz: Poetics of Perceptions, Lowe Art Museum, Miami Florida, Taubman Museum of Art, VA, and Museum of Contemporary Art, Virginia Beach (2014-2015); Vik Muniz: Mas Aca de la Imagen, Museum of Contemporary Art, Lima, Peru (2014); Vik Muniz: Picutres of Anything, Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Tel Aviv, Israel and Long Museum, Shanghai, China (2014); VantagePoint X / Vik Muniz, Mint Museum Uptown, Charlotte, North Carolina (2012).