Born 1961 in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Lives and works in Sao Paulo.


1984 BFA in Fine Arts, Fundação Armando Álvares Penteado, Sao Paulo


2012 2012 APCA Award: Best Exhibition of the Year – Estação Pinacoteca, Sao Paulo
Artist in residence, Yale University School of Art
2001 John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship
1998 Visiting artist, Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten, Amsterdam
1991 Visiting artist, University College, Oxford
Visiting artist, Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Arts, University of Oxford
Artist in residence, The Museum of Modern Art, Oxford
Artist in residence, The Walker Art Center, Minneapolis

Solo Exhibitions

2019 2019 Wolfgang Hahn Prize, Museum Ludwig, Cologne
2017 Add It Up, The Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh
Institutional Ghost, IMMA–Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin
2016 Borders are Drawn by Hand, MoCa Pavilion, Shanghai
2014 Jac Leirner. Functions of a variable, Museo Tamayo, Mexico City
2011 Estação, Pinacoteca São Paulo, Sao Paulo
2004 Adhesive 44, Miami Art Museum, Miami
1999 Projeto Parede, Museu de Arte Moderna de São Paulo, Sao Paulo
1992 Directions, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington D.C.
1991 Viewpoints, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis

Group exhibitions

2019 Portadores de sentido – Contemporary Art from the Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros, Museo Amparo, Puebla, Mexico
2018 Comfortably Numb: A Critical Investigation into the Cultural Impact of Drugs and Narcotics, ANOTHER SPACE, New York
2016 Between Object and Architecture, Tate Modern, London
Clube de Gravura – 30 Anos, Museu de Arte Moderna de São Paulo, Sao Paulo
2015 The past, the present, the possible, Sharjah Biennial 12
Possibilities of the Object: Experiments in Modern and Contemporary Brazilian Art, The Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh
2012 This Will Have Been: Art, Love & Politics in the 1980s, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago
2011 12th Istanbul Biennial, Istanbul
2009 Here is Every. Four Decades of Contemporary Art, The Museum of Modern Art, New York
2005 5th Mercosur Biennial, Porto Alegre

The works of Jac Leirner are often created from mundane or formally unremarkable materials such as bank notes, blankets, cigarette paper, or water levels. Her large-scale installations recall the formal stricture of minimalist seriality and the evocative use of found materials characteristic of Arte Povera, while at the same time offering commentary on social codes.