Decoding the conceptual and the physical body.
Branca Cuvier is an artist who is particularly interested in psychology and biological anthropology. She studies about how the physical body can interpret the conceptual/emotional body and how to make a connection between the body and the mind. She believes that the invisible world creates the visible world and explores concepts such as union/isolation, sexuality/mortality, interdependencies/dependencies, weaknesses/desires. Branca studies the dynamics created between the human being and his private inner space and the dynamics created between the human being and the others and observes what is created in this third new space. Body lab is the discipline that she created to help her with the creative process where she analyses the anatomy and the constitution of an emotional matter and it processes them in an atomic way resulting in certain patterns, dances, logics, rhythms and harmonies. Branca has been presenting the outcome of this process in diverse supports like drawing, painting, sculpture, body sculpture and video.
BIO: Branca Cuvier was born in Lisbon in 1984. She studied painting, drawing, and jewellery at Ar.Co in Lisbon and at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam. During her studies she started her own jewellery studio where she worked on her first personal projects. But her first eye-opening experience was in 2010 when she purposed herself to work as an intern with the australian sci-fi artist and body architect Lucy McRae. After a couple of months she came back to Portugal to start her soon to be a success internationally statement jewellery brand Baguera. After a year Baguera sold online to more than 30 countries and was mentioned in different national and international leading press such as Vogue US, Harper`s Bazaar, Ignant, NotCot, Público, DN, Elle Portugal, Vogue Portugal, Edit Magazine, Umbigo Magazine. Branca was also invited by ADDICT in Porto, Beta-i in Lisbon and by UBI in Covilhã to share her entrepreneur experience with the public. But in 2016 in order to focus exclusively in her artistic career she transferred Baguera to a friend/business partner. She then devoted herself exclusively to her first drawing projects Hoi Polloi, Vulto, ID, Animalia and her soon to be shown Humana sculptures. After a year, she was invited by the portuguese fado singer Carminho to create sensorial artistic videos from Branca series “Kinesthesia” to be projected on stage during Carminho’s concerts in Portugal and Brazil. This year, 2018, Branca presented her first individual exhibition as an artist “Endogenous” at Artroom in Lisbon, Portugal. Cuvier “Lamina” sculpture was chosen by BomPorto Hotels to be part of The Vintage Hotel in Lisbon and she is preparing her next individual exhibition in May 2019 at Espaço Cultural das Mercês in Lisbon. Branca is living in Lisbon with her photographer husband Francisco Nogueira and two children.
“I believe that the artist role is to offer a mental space to the viewer so he can analyse himself. The entities meant to present art should be places of contemplation and of search of an universal faith where this apparent invisible dynamic and interaction is promoted. Art must be a tool for human evolution."
AWARDS: 2007 - Nominated with “White Faith” at Sieraad Fair 2007 in Amsterdam and selected by New Traditional Jewellery 2007 to exhibit it at CODA Museum in Apeldoorn. | 2012 - Wins the Fundação Serralves POPs 2012 prize (Original Portuguese Products) with the Vectory collection. COLLABORATIONS: 2008/2009 - Collaboration with the execution of jewellery necklaces for Lidija Kolovrat. | 2014 - Collaboration with a new Baguera collection for Ricardo Preto for the Lisbon Fashion Week. COLLECTIVE EXHIBITIONS: 2010 - part of the Steinbeisser project in Hamburg. Participates in the exhibition "My Suitcase is my Oyster" at Pinakothek Der Moderne in Munich and with "Secret's Dealer" at the Dutch Design Week in Eindhoven. INDIVIDUAL EXHIBITIONS: 2018 - Presented her first individual exhibition as an artist “Endogenous” at Artroom in Lisbon. | 2019 - Preparing her next individual exhibition in May 2019 at Espaço Cultural das Mercês in Lisbon. PRESS: Vogue US, Harper`s Bazaar, Ignant, NotCot) and Portuguese press such as: Público, DN, Elle Portugal, Vogue Portugal, Edit Magazine, Umbigo Magazine. CLIENTS: 2017 - invited by the portuguese fado singer Carminho to create sensorial artistic videos from Cuvier series “Kinesthesia” to be projected on stage during Carminho’s concerts in Portugal and Brazil. | 2018 - “Lamina” sculpture for BomPorto Hotels from her sculptures “Lamina” to be part of The Vintage Hotel in Lisbon.