|ANNA BELLA GEIGER: Biography
b. April 4, 1933, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
BA Faculdade Nacional De Filsofia, Universidade Federal de Rio de Janeiro
Anna Bella Geiger, born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in 1933, is a multidisciplinary artist renowned at home and abroad for her experimentation with a wide range of media. Her work is at once firmly rooted in the social and intellectual fabric of Brazil, and universal in the major issues it addresses. She challenges and analyzes directly and conceptually notions of identity, freedom, feminism, racism, geography, ancestry and history. Her art engages mankind's personal and global preoccupations. Geiger's use of photography is conceptual, serving as a means of expression rather than an end product unto itself. Her witty and sophisticated avant-garde drawings, paintings, prints, sculpture, videos, books and photographic works are regularly exhibited internationally. Geiger's work is included in major collections such as MoMA, New York, the Centre Gerorge Pompidou, Paris, Harvard University Art Museums, Cambridge, MA, Victoria and Albert Museum, London, Getty Institute Los Angeles, Tate Britain, London, Museu de Arte Contemporânea de Niterói (MAC), Niteroi, Brazil, Museu Nacional de Belas Artes, Rio de Janeiro, Museum of Art of São Paulo Assis Chateaubriand, Sao Paulo, Brazil, the New York Public Library and others.
Anna Bella Geiger is the product of a rich artistic education. She graduated with a Bachelor and License from Faculdade Nacional De Filsofia, Universidade Federal de Rio de Janeiro in the 1950's. In 1960 and 1965 she collaborated with the Metal Engraving Atelier of the Museum of Moden Art, Rio de Janeiro and began teaching there three years later. She studied with Faiga Ostrower at her Atelier in New York, studied History of Art with Hanna Levy at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, New York University and the New School for Social Research, New York. Among her numerous awards is a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1983, the Travel Prize to the U.S. in the VI Art Summary of Jornal do Brasil, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (Prémio de viagem aos EUA no VI Resumo de Arte do Jornal do Brasil) in 1968, and the Gold Medal of the XX Salon Paranaense of Fine Arts (Medalha de ouro do XX Salão Paranaense de Belas Artes) in 1963.
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