Gabriella Pitanga

Gabriela Pitanga is a contemporary artist based in London. Born 1992 in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil, Pitanga holds a Bachelor's Degree in Fashion Promotion and Imaging from the University for the Creative Arts and has recently graduated with an MFA Fine Arts degree from the Kingston School of Art. 

Gabriela's practice consists in making paintings as part of a daily ritual. The process and performance of painting are informed by politics, including black and intersectional feminism, gender, sexuality, and a critique of capitalism. Key to the work is a desire for freedom of expression in relation to what is expected of me as an Afro Latin artist and, in particular, an Afro Latin artist from a working-class background.

As part of Gabriela's practice, the act of painting is videoed and displayed alongside the finished painting. She often uses watercolour, inks, acrylic, and large-scale paper combined with large body movements to create marks and shapes on the paper that unwittingly refer to shapes that exist in the real world. She understands the paintings and the ritual of making them as a form of resistance.

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