Ricardo Basbaum

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São Paulo, Brazil, 1961.

Lives and works in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.


Artist, writer and a teacher, Basbaum investigates art as an intermediating device and platform for the articulation between sensorial experience, sociability and language. Since the late 1980s, he has been nurturing a vocabulary specific to his work, applying it in a particular way to each new project. These develop into drawing, installations, video and urban interventions. Basbaum has a permanent installation at the New Tate Modern, London, and has exhibited in important institutions such as Documenta XII in Kassel, Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art, Sao Paulo’s International Biennial and others.


His production of Diagrams (a modality of site-specific intervention that gather words, drawings and instructions) is collected in the book ‘Diagrams, 1994 – ongoing’ (Errant Bodies Press, 2016). Basbaum is also the author of ‘Manual do artista-etc’ (Azougue, 2013), ‘Ouvido de corpo, ouvido de grupo’ (Universidade Nacional de Córdoba, 2010) and ‘Além da pureza visual’ (Zouk, 2007). 


Professor at the Instituto de Artes e Comunicação Social, Universidade Federal Fluminense, Niterói, he has also worked at the Instituto de Artes, Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro (1998-2016) and as Visiting Professor at the University of Chicago (2013).


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