Portrait of the artist
Jaildo Marinho was born on 26 October 1970 in Santa Maria da Boa Vista, a small town in the state of Pernambuco, in the north-east of Brazil. His early artistic gifts led him very early on to work in a Centre for the Study of Gems and Minerals from 1982 to 1986, run by the government of Pernambuco. At the age of 16, he followed the course of sculptor Joao Batista Queiroz at the Universidade Federal de Pernambuco for three years, where he learned foundry, various techniques of cutting and modelling.
In 1993, Jaildo Marinho travelled to Paris where he decided to live (he acquired French nationality in 2009). He becomes a professor at ADAC – Atelier de sculpture et de fonderie d’Art de la Ville de Paris. These first years in Paris were marked by decisive encounters with artists of South American origin, who had lived in the French capital since the 1950s, such as Jesús Rafael Soto, Carmelo Arden Quin, Narciso Debourg and Cícero Dias.
From 1996 onwards, Jaildo Marinho took part in several Parisian shows, such as Grands et Jeunes d’Aujourd’hui and the Salon des Réalités Nouvelles, and then enjoyed his first personal exhibition at Claude Dorval’s. The latter is close to the Madi movement in 2003 to which the artist joins, a membership which will lead him to become actively involved in the creation of the “Museu MADI” in the city of Sobral in Brazil in 2004.
Since the mid-1990s, Jaildo Marinho has enjoyed significant recognition in France and abroad. He won the gold medal at the Mahares Festival in Tunisia in 1995 and the Malta Biennial Sculpture Award in 1999. His major exhibitions include “Derrière les Tableaux”, a colourful framing project for the windows of the façade of the Bibliothèque Historique de la Ville de Paris in 2004. In 2005, he participated in a group exhibition at the Palais de La Porte Dorée with a large installation called “Portes”, which was extended the following year at the Palais Omnisports de Paris Bercy. In 2012, “Le Vide Oblique” is held at the Maison de l’Amérique Latine, an exhibition in which Jaildo Marinho presents monumental marble sculptures. In Brazil, after his first solo exhibition held at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Pernambuco in 2002, he will have his first retrospective at the Pinakotheke Cultural in Rio de Janeiro in 2012. In 2017, the Museum of Modern Art in Rio de Janeiro will dedicate the exhibition « Cristalizaçao ».
In France, after having been exhibited from 2009 at Galerie Nery Marino and then at Meyer Zafra, Jaildo Marinho is now represented by Galerie Denise René.
Since the 2000s, Jaildo Marinho has regularly participated in collective exhibitions and international fairs in Brazil, in cities in Europe, Asia, the United States and Latin America.