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


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


2019 Wolfgang Hahn Prize, Museum Ludwig, Cologne
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 (Selection)

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
Jac Leirner, Pesos y Medidas, Centro Atlantico de Arte Moderno, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria
2012 Hardware Silk, Edgewood Avenue Gallery, Yale University School of Art, New Haven
2011 Estação Pinacoteca, São Paulo, Sao Paulo
2008 Osso 008, Centro Universitário Maria Antonia, São Paulo
2005 Little Lights, Centre d'Art Contemporain, Saint-Nazaire
2004 Adhesive 44, Miami Art Museum, Miami
2002 Jac Leirner: Ad Infinitum, Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil, Rio de Janeiro
2001 Cem Temas, Uma Variação, exposição relâmpago, Museu de Arte Moderna de São Paulo
Hip Hop, Centro Universitário Maria Antonia, São Paulo
1999 Projeto Parede, Museu de Arte Moderna de São Paulo, Sao Paulo
Centro Cultural, São Paulo
1998 Hip Hop, The Bohen Foundation, New York
1993 Corpus Delicti, Centre d'art contemporain, Geneva
Casa de Cultura Mário Quintana, Porto Alegre
1992 Directions, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington D.C.
1991 Viewpoints, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis
Currents, The Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston
Museum of Modern Art, Oxford

Group Exhibitions (Selection)

2021 A máquina do mundo: Arte e indústria no Brasil 1901 – 2021, Pinacoteca de São Paulo, São Paulo
2020 Momentum, Voorlinden Museum, Wassenaar
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 strictness of minimalist seriality and the evocative use of found materials characteristic of Arte Povera, while at the same time offering commentary on social codes.