João Pessoa, Brazil, in 1940.
Lives and works in São Paulo.
Soares started working as a visual artist as from the early 1970s, when participated of the experimental actions and events held in context of the Bienal de São Paulo, and also at the Museu de Arte Contemporânea (MAC-USP), under the tenure of Walter Zanini. His work has been reviewed by renowned critics such as Vilém Flusser e Aracy do Amaral. Along with fellow artists Francisco Iñarra and Lydia Okumura, he created the group Equipe3 in 1971, and a few years later, in 1974, formed a second group named Arte/Ação with Francisco Iñarra. He is the author of numerous ephemeral actions, performances and installations that configure the early years of Brazilian avant-garde art, many of which are documented in the collections of MAC-SP, the Museu de Arte Moderna de São Paulo, the Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo, MoMA (New York), among others. Soares moved to São Paulo in 1966, and has since held exhibitions in a number of galleries and institutions, such as the Museu de Arte Moderna (Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo), Paço das Artes (São Paulo), MAC-USP and the Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo. He also exhibited internationally in Germany, France, and United States, and participated in four editions of the Bienal de São Paulo (1973, 1977, 1981 and 1989) and two editions of the Panorama da Arte Atual Brasileira (1980 and 1985). In 2003, an exhibition in homage to his oeuvre and that of Equipe3 was held by the Centro Universitário Mariantonia/USP, and in 2012, the Centro Cultural São Paulo paid tribute to his work with Iñarra Iñarra in the show entitled Obra e documento – Arte/Ação e 3Nós3. In 2014 he participated in the show Equipe3 1973 – 2014, at the Solar da Marquesa / Museu da Cidade de São Paulo.