Beatriz was born in 1960 in Rio de Janeiro where she currently lives and works. She studied art at Parque Lage, a famous art reference in Rio de Janeiro (just for fun, Parque Lage was the place where Snoopy Dog´s music video clip "Beautiful" was recorded).
She is one of the few Brazilian artists that has popped the bubble and entered the inernational art market scene. Some of her great art projects have been showcased at: Passo Imperial, Rio de Janeiro - Tate Liverpool, Liverpool - Projects, Museum of Modern Art, New York - Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid - Keemper Museum of Art, Kansas City - Contemporary Arts Museum and Houston - Inverleith House, for example.
The painting "Magic of OZ" (2001) - above - was sold to a Spanish art collector for $15,000.00. In 2008, it was auctioned in the famous Sotheby´s in New York. Its original bid was $350,000.00 and, luckly, it was sold for $1,049,000.00, which means an increase of 6.000% in seven years. This was the highest bid ever conquered by a live Brazilian artist.
Some other Brazilian painters that also star in the international scene are: Ernesto Neto, Vik Muniz, Adriana Varejão, Sergio Camargo, Cildo Meireles, Tunga, Waltercio Caldas, José Resende and Rivane Neuenschwander.
Beatriz Milhazes works in the pure aesthetic style of the Pattern and Decoration movement. Influenced by her native land of Brazil, her vibrant and bold use of color and patterns creates work that is as much playful, free and psychedelic, as it is geometric, organized and rhythmic.
Check out the video with the artist (in English)!