SP–Arte 20 years

Explore the galleries that have been part of SP–Arte since the very beginning and are still shaping the event

28 Feb 2024, 11:23 am

On April 28, 2005, the São Paulo Biennial building, located in Ibirapuera Park, hosted a groundbreaking event: the first modern and contemporary art fair ever held in Brazil. Over its four days, SP–Arte brought together 41 galleries from various Brazilian cities – Belo Horizonte, Curitiba, Porto Alegre, Rio de Janeiro, Salvador, and São Paulo – as well as the presence of a gallery from Montevideo, the capital of Uruguay.

Twenty editions later, 21 of those galleries, which believed in the event’s realization, continue to participate in the fair, presenting new and recognized artists to the public. Check out the houses that are celebrating 20 years of participation in SP–Arte.

Almeida & Dale (São Paulo)

Founded in 1998, the gallery has become one of the most active in the country, establishing partnerships with other galleries throughout the national territory. Throughout its history, Almeida & Dale has been responsible for working with and inserting works by Brazilian artists into important national and international collections.

Anita Schwartz (Rio de Janeiro)

Art dealer Anita Schwartz has been actively involved in the art market since the 1980s. In 1998, she opened her space dedicated to contemporary art. The gallery works with both emerging artists and those with established careers. Currently, its activities include promoting exchanges and intersections between Brazilian and international production.

Fachada da galeria Anita Schwartz. Foto: Divulgação

Anita Schwartz Gallery

Estande da Almeida & Dale na SP–Arte de 2012. Foto: Divulgação/SP–Arte

Almeida & Dale's booth at SP–Arte 2012.

Athena (Rio de Janeiro)

Founded in 1994 by art dealer Liecil Oliveira, the gallery focused on Brazilian and international modern art. In 2011, her sons, Eduardo and Filipe Masini, founded Athena Contemporânea, aiming to discuss and promote current artistic production. After seven years, the two venues merged, reverting back to being called simply Athena.

Estande da galeria Athena na SP–Arte de 2010. Foto: Divulgação/SP–Arte

Athena gallery's booth at SP–Arte 2010.

Berenice Arvani (São Paulo)

The gallery focuses on contemporary art, with a primary focus on the 1950s constructivism. The exhibition schedule always includes a curator, alternating between young and established national and international artists.

Caribé (São Paulo)

Located in a house designed by architect and designer Jorge Zalszupin, the gallery, founded in 1997 by brothers Sergio and Luiz Caribé, specializes in modern and contemporary art. In its collection, it houses works by Anita Malfatti, Candido Portinari, Antonio Henrique Amaral, Claudio Tozzi, and Beatriz Milhazes.

Casa Triângulo (São Paulo)

The gallery opened its doors in 1988. Over the following decades, led by Ricardo Trevisan and Rodrigo Editore, the gallery established itself by presenting important shows of its established artists, as well as revealing and solidifying the careers of several young and/or emerging artists.

Estande da Casa Triângulo na SP–Arte de 2010. Foto: Divulgação/SP–Arte

Casa Triângulo's booth at SP–Arte 2010.

Dan Galeria (São Paulo)

Founded in 1972 by Gláucia and Peter Cohn, the gallery focused on Brazilian modern art, featuring works by artists like Di Cavalcanti, Antonio Gomide, and Tarsila do Amaral. In 1985, they opened the contemporary art department. In recent years, the gallery has held notable exhibitions of artists such as Lygia Clark, Jesús Soto, Max Bill, and Joseph Albers.

Hilda Araújo (São Paulo)

The art dealer has been active in the art market for 30 years. She represents artist Carlos Araújo and works with key figures of Brazilian modern art like Di Cavalcanti, Heitor dos Prazeres, and Burle Marx.

Ipanema (Rio de Janeiro)

Founded in 1965 by Luiz Sève, Ipanema was one of the pioneers in working with works by modern artists. Their collection includes works by internationally recognized names like Volpi, Milton Dacosta, Sérgio Camargo, Di Cavalcanti, Portinari, Antônio Bandeira, Pancetti, and Tomie Ohtake.

Fachada da Galeria Leme. Foto: Divulgação

Leme gallery

Leme (São Paulo)

Since its opening in 2004, the gallery has been promoting contemporary art by representing artists from different generations, languages, and artistic techniques. In its headquarters, designed by architect Paulo Mendes da Rocha, it maintains an annual exhibition schedule.


Magalhães Gouvêa Escritório de Arte (Minas Gerais)

Based in Belo Horizonte since 1977, the Magalhães Gouvêa family has been active in the national and international art market. For over two decades, Renato and Guilherme Magalhães Gouvêa managed Arte57. In 2024, the gallery was renamed Magalhães Gouvêa Escritório de Arte.

Manoel Macedo Galeria (Minas Gerais)

Established in 1981, the gallery presents a lineup of creators with different languages, media, and diversity through its exhibition program. Artists like Albano Afonso, Amilcar de Castro, Anna Maria Maiolino, Artur Barrio, Antonio Manuel, Benjamim, and Carlos Vergara have been featured at the gallery.

Nara Roesler (São Paulo)

Founded by Nara Roesler in 1989, the gallery represents essential Brazilian and international artists who began their careers in the 1950s. In 2012, the gallery expanded its headquarters in São Paulo, in 2014, expanded to Rio de Janeiro, and in 2015, opened a space in New York.

Estande da galeria Nara Roesler na SP–Arte de 2011. Foto: Divulgação/SP–Arte

Nara Roesler gallery's booth at SP–Arte 2011. Photo: Press release/SP–Arte

Paulo Darzé (Bahia)

Founded in 1983, the gallery focuses on contemporary Brazilian art. With a solid program of temporary exhibitions and permanent collection displays, the space is among the most vibrant in Salvador. Artists represented include Ayrson Heraclito, Cristian Cravo, and Nadia Taquary.

Fachada da galeria Paulo Darzé. Foto: Divulgação

Paulo Darzé Gallery

Paulo Kuczynski (São Paulo)

Operating since 1974, the art dealer mainly works with Brazilian modernist, concretist, and neo-concrete artists. The office’s premise is to offer significant works from each artist’s best phases, and it only holds exhibitions when it has a very expressive collection.

Pinakotheke (Rio de Janeiro)

The gallery started its activities in 1979 as an organization specializing in planning and producing exhibitions and books exclusively focused on the history of art in Brazil. In July 1994, it opened its own headquarters and has since held prominent exhibitions in the art circuit, receiving awards from institutions like the São Paulo Association of Art Critics.

Raquel Arnaud (São Paulo)

A pioneer in the São Paulo art market, the gallery was founded in 1973 by Raquel Arnaud under the name Gabinete de Arte. The gallery focuses on artists working with geometric abstraction. Among the represented names are Waltercio Caldas, Carlos Cruz-Díez, Sérvulo Esmeraldo, and Iole de Freitas.

Fachada da galeria Raquel Arnaud. Foto: divulgação
Estande do Escritório de Arte Paulo Kuczynski na SP–Arte de 2012. Foto: Divulgação/SP–Arte

Facade of Raquel Arnaud Gallery. Photo: press release

Paulo Kuczynski Art Office's booth at SP–Arte 2012.

Silvia Cintra (Rio de Janeiro)

With forty years of service to Brazilian contemporary art, art dealer Silvia Cintra Galeria de Arte has established itself as one of the country’s leading galleries. In 2010, it merged operations with Box 4, founded by Juliana Cintra, Silvia’s daughter, and focused on new artists.

Simões de Assis (Paraná)

In 1984, Waldir Simões de Assis Filho founded the gallery with the aim of energizing and decentralizing art production and circulation. The gallery specializes in preserving and disseminating the legacies of artists like Carmelo Arden Quin, Cícero Dias, Miguel Bakun, and Niobe Xandó. In 2018, it opened a space in São Paulo and, in 2022, another in Balneário Camboriú.

Estande da galeria Simões de Assis na SP–Arte de 2012. Foto: Divulgação/SP–Arte

Simões de Assis Gallery's booth at SP–Arte 2012. Photo: Press release/SP–Arte

Steiner (São Paulo)

Founded in 1960 by Benjamin Steiner, it is one of the most traditional houses operating in the secondary market. Artists represented by the gallery include Alfredo Volpi, Adriana Varejão, Antonio Bandeira, Beatriz Milhazes, Mira Schendel, and Willys de Castro.

Sur (Uruguay)

Founded in 1985, the gallery is located in Punta del Este, where it exhibits significant works from its collection and offers temporary exhibitions of Uruguayan and Latin American art. Its name comes from the utopia of Torres García “Our North is the South”, which proposes a unique path to follow in art.

Fachada da Galeria Sur, em Punta Del Leste, Uruguai. Foto: Divulgação

Facade of Sur Gallery in Punta Del Este, Uruguay. Photo: Press release

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