Regina Vater is a Brazilian artist whose oeuvre encompasses an array of different media, ranging from photography and drawing to video and site-specific installation. Using Brazilian and African-Brazilian mythologies as her subject matter, she delves into what has been lost and gained through colonialism, immigration and repopulation, exile, and cultural transition. Over the years, Vater has produced over 100 installations that combine forms from 20th century minimalist sculpture with content that has its origins in Brazil's colonial period. Through her practice and her work as a curator, she has been instrumental in introducing Brazilian art to an international audience.
Currently a resident of Austin, Texas, Vater originally settled in New York in the 1970s, where she met the pivotal cultural figures of the time including Merce Cunningham, Robert Rauschenberg, Helio Oiticica, and John Cage, who became a profound influence on her work. A participant in some of the most important exhibitions of Brazilian art in the last 30 years, she was included in the Biennale des Jeunes, Paris, France (1967); the Venice Biennale, Italy (1976); P.S.1 Museum, New York, NY (1989); Koninklijk National Royal Museum, Antwerp, The Netherlands (1992); and Brazilian Visual Poetry, which she curated, at the Mexic-Arte Museum, Austin, Texas, in 2002. In 2012, she will present a one-woman show at Brazilian institution Oi Futuro. A book about her work in photography and video will be published at the occasion.
National Library of France, Paris, France
The Museum of Modern Art of Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
The Museum of Modern Art of São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil
The Nelson A. Rockefeller Center for Latin American Art, San Antonio, TX
The Blanton Museum of the University of Texas, Austin, TX
The Ruth and Marvin Sackner Visual Poetry Archives, Miami, FL