Fernando Azevedo
Rio de Janeiro-born Fernando Azevedo holds master´s degrees in Philosophy and Art History from the City University of New York and master´s degree in Art with a major in painting, from the Pratt Institute of New York. Azevedo´s extensive track record includes activities as illustrator, art critic and consultant, and curator of photography shows. “Where Water Meets Land” is, however, the first exhibition at which he presents his own photographs. More than 15 years ago, Azevedo specialized in this medium as a researcher and critic; as a curator, he has designed more than ten photography exhibitions.
Fernando Azevedo´s well-rounded intellectual and artistic education focuses on different interests that range from Chinese painting and calligraphy to photography, not to mention communications theory and an undergraduate degree in electronic engineering, attained in Rio de Janeiro. After designing computers for five years, he set aside engineering to embrace art. In the 1980s, he studied Brazilian literature under Silvano Santiago at the Catholic University – PUC, in Rio de Janeiro, where he first became acquainted with the works of Roland Barthes and Walter Benjamin.
As an art critic, Fernando Azevedo has spoken as guest lecturer at U.S. museums and galleries, in particular the Guggenheim Museum and Rubin Museum of Art, in New York. He has contributed regularly (as editor) to “Arte Internacional”, published by the Museum of Modern Art of Bogota, and also to Art Nexus, one of the most influential publications devoted to Latin-American art and criticism.


Ilustration: Julio Dui
Source: catalogue of the exhibition “Where Water meets Land”, held at Masp from 20th August to 11th October 2009, curated by Paulo Herkenhoff
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