Gian Spina

Gian Spina

Gian Spina was born in São Paulo (Brazil) and lived, studied and worked besides others in San Diego (USA), Vancouver (Canada), Bordeaux (France), Berlin, Frankfurt (Germany), Ramallah (Palestine) and Athens.

He has developed an artistic and theoretical research based investigation framing the construction of narratives and the representations of history and memory, using primarily medias as video, action art, installation and his activity as a writer and poet. He has received scholarships as Rotary-club Offenbach am Main and Ministère de la Culture Française. He had worked as a professor at the Escola da Cidade in São Paulo (Architecture University) and the Art Academy in Palestine.

His recent solo exhibitions and group exhibitions took places in: the Cultural Center of São Paulo – CCSP (solo), A4 Arts Foundation in Cape Town, Bureau fro public insecurities – São Paulo. He is part of the one year art residency CAPACETE in the framework of the Documenta 14 in Athens.

He has crossed the Balkans and the Central Asia with a bike, the West Bank and the Himalayas walking and speaks fluently German, English, Spanish, French and Portuguese.


Solo and Group Shows

2017  Boustrophēdón (BAR Project)Centre d’Art Contemporain Fabra i Coats – Barcelona, Spain
2017  CAPACETE residencepublic program Documenta 14 – Athens, Greece
2016  Bureau for Public Insecurities – Sao Paulo, Brazil
2016  Tanto TudoCentro Cultural São Paulo – Sao Paulo, Brazil
2015  Renata Padovan em diálogo com Gian SpinaCasa Nova Arte – Sao Paulo, Brazil
2014  The Birth the loss and the death of the Shadowman – (video) SSIIEE – Berlin, Germany
2013  Untiltled (Reiteration of Erfharraum nº1) – Installation at Crystal Palace – Place du Parlament – Bordeaux, France
2011  „Instability“ (installation)European Media Art Festival – Osnabrück, Germany
2009“Suspended Reality“ (Installation) with the artist Anaisa Franco – at Museu da Imagem e do Som – Sao Paulo, Brazil


2012/13        École des Beaux Arts de Bordeaux, France
2010/12        Academy of Arts in Offenbach am Main, Germany
2006/08        Escola da Cidade , Sao Paulo, Brazil
2004/05        Vancouver Film School, Canada