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Beatriz Milhazes

Who is she?

Brazilian artist, Beatriz Milhazes was born in Rio de Janeiro in 1960. She is a mixed-media modernist artist, renowned for her vibrant and colorful collages, paintings and printmaking. She finds inspiration in Henri Matisse, Piet Mondrian and Tarsila do Amaral. “My challenge has always been the same. I’m interested in life and my surroundings, but to make it work as a painting, I do need to think as a geometric and conceptual artist in my studio practice.”

Example on sketchbook inspired by Beatriz Milhazes

Milhazes painting method

Milhazes paints a vibrantly colored abstract design onto a transparent sheet of plastic. She sticks these sheets to the canvas and peels them off leaving a layer of paint on the canvas; she does this multiple times. This technique allows her paintings to have no brushstrokes and little presence of the artist. In this way, Milhazes is able to retain an organic feel and wildly colorful combinations with geometric shapes and flower patterns.


Beatriz Milhazes has held solo exhibitions at museums, such as the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, and the Fondation Cartier in Paris. Her work is in many museum collections at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía in Madrid.

Student Project

For the next couple of weeks, our students will create an art work inspired by Beatriz Milhaze's Modinha, 2007. They will be able to experience and learn from her creative process while making beautiful art pieces.

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