Francesco João


Francesco João (b. 1987) lives and works between São Paulo, Brazil, and Milan, Italy. He attended the Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera in Milan, Italy. His exhibitions include: Seven Segment Display, Fondazione Zimei, Rome (2023); Sem título, por enquanto, Marli Matsumoto, São Paulo (2023); x_minimal, curated by Friederike Nymphius, Cassina Projects, Milan (2021); 1550 San Remo Drive, Hot Wheels, Athens (2020); Francesco João, Mendes Wood DM, Brussels (2019); BRAZIL. Knife in the flesh, PAC – Padiglione d’Arte Contemporanea, Milan (2018); Donkey Man, Mendes Wood DM, São Paulo (2017); A Terceira Mão, curated by Erika Verzutti, Fortes D’Aloia Gabriel, São Paulo (2017); Everything tends to ascend. Or not., Pivô, São Paulo (2016); Summertime ’78, Kunsthalle São Paulo, São Paulo (2015); Nimm’s Mal Easy, Ausstellungsraum Klingental, Basel (2015); Dizionario di Pittura, Galleria Francesca Minini, Milan (2014).

Born 1987
Lives and works between Sao Paulo, Brazil, and Milan, Italy

Selected Solo Exhibitions

SSD, Glasshouse, Gathering, London, United Kingdom

Seven Segment Display, Fondazione Zimei, Rome, Italy

Francesco João, curated by Andrew Dubow and Francisco Barreiros Cardoso, Milan, Italy

Art Brussels, Mendes Wood DM, Online Platform

Francesco João, Mendes Wood DM, Brussels, Belgium

Donkey Man, Mendes Wood DM, São Paulo, Brazil

Everything Tends to Ascend. Or Not., Pivô, São Paulo, Brazil

Summertime ’78, Kunsthalle Sao Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil

Extra DRY, Peep Hole, Milan, Italy

Studiolo#8, Cabinet, Milan, Italy

The Opposite of the Opposite Opposite of the Opposite, Gasconade, Milan, Italy

Selected Group Exhibitions

TBT, Gathering at ECHO, Cologne, Germany (forthcoming)
TBT, Galerie Hussenot, Paris, France (forthcoming)
Landscape for an Overview. Works from the Agovino Collection, Zurich Bank, Naples, Italy
O Caminho do Meio, Marli Matsumoto, São Paulo, Brazil

Sem título, por enquanto, Marli Matsumoto, São Paulo, Brazil
Cremona Contemporanea, curated by Rossella Farinotti, Palazzo Guazzoni Zaccaria, Cremona, Italy
Pick Pocket, conceived by Renata Lucas, Fondazione Zimei, Pescara, Italy
Room N°3, Galerie Hussenot at CFA, Milan, Italy

x_minimal, curated by Friederike Nymphius, Cassina Projects, Milan, Italy
45°28’01’N9°11’24’E, Conceptual Fine Arts, Milan, Italy

What’s Up / Twenty Twenty, curated by Lawrence Van Hagen, LVH Art, London, United Kingdom
1550 San Remo Drive, Hot Wheels, Athens, Greece

Summer Show, Castiglioni, Milan, Italy
Le Monde Ou Rien, Sgomento, Naples, Italy

BRAZIL. Knife in the Flesh, PAC – Padiglione d’Arte Contemporanea, Milan, Italy (catalogue)

A Terceira Mão, curated by Erika Verzutti, Galeria Fortes D’Aloia Gabriel, São Paulo, Brazil
Neither., curated by Fernanda Brenner, Mendes Wood DM, Brussels, Belgium

Outdoor I, Warm, São Paulo, Brazil
Nimm’s Mal Easy, Ausstellungsraum Klingental, Basel, Switzerland

Dizionario di Pittura, Galleria Francesca Minini, Milan, Italy
Art-O-Rama, Marseille, France
Summer Painting Show, Il Crepaccio, Milan, Italy

One Thousand Four Hundred and Sixty, Peep Hole, Milan, Italy
Gasconade 2013 Portfolios, Fondazione Pastificio Cerere, Rome, Italy
Don’t Be a Ham!! (Christmas Party), by Ari Marcopoulos, Family Business, New York, USA

Fuoriclasse, GAM Galleria d’Arte Moderna, Milan, Italy

Roaming Off-Cells, Museo d’Arte Contemporanea Villa Croce, Genoa, Italy


Shortlisted – DucatoPrize

Shortlisted – Dior Prize / Lady Dior As Seen By…

Selected Artist Texts and Catalogues

The Pure Geometry of a Harley: Olivier Mosset, Spike Art Magazine | Interview

Sem título, por enquanto, Marli Matsumoto, São Paulo, Brazil | Artist Text

YOUR WORK AND ITS CONSEQUENCES, Emalin, London, United Kingdom | Artist Text

Crivelli Visconti, J., Sileo, D. (curated by). Brazil. Knife in the Flesh. Silvana Editoriale, Milano | Catalogue

Selected Press

Bottini, M., 2024. Pop-Up Show | Living Corriere

Ciglia, S., 2024. Review: Pickpocket Teatro Marchetti / Pescara | Flash Art

Silvi, M., 2023. Review: Francesco João “Seven Segment Display” Fondazione Zimei | Flash Art 

Airoldi, S., 2023. L’agenda delle mostre e dei festival di questa settimana | Elle Decor

Editorial, 2023. Francesco João: Seven Segment Display | Mousse Magazine

Romano, A., 2023. Francesco João: l’opera d’arte e l’oggetto, il Brasile e l’Italia | Zero Magazine

Editorial, 2023. “Sem título, por enquanto” at Marli Matsumoto, Sao Paulo | Mousse Magazine

Editorial, 2023. Cosa c’è nella prima art week di Cremona | Esquire

Giaume, G., 2023. La prima edizione della Cremona Art Week | Artribune

Editorial, 2023. Marli Matsumoto Reveals Two New Exhibitions | Arte Aldía

Pirovano, S., 2022. Evolution of quasi-movement | Conceptual Fine Arts

Casati Modigliani, L., 2021. A Milano una delle mostre più belle della stagione: x_minimal da Cassina Projects, una mostra museale sul Minimalismo | ArtsLife

Editorial, 2020. Reading through the surface: 1550 San Remo Drive at Hot Wheels Athens | und. Athens

Conti, R., 2020. L’arte contemporanea in mostra ad 1550 San Remo Drive | Harper’s Bazaar

Pirovano, S., 2020. A suspicious dialogue between artists Francesco João and Sven Sachsalber | Conceptual Fine Arts

Martins, C., 2019. Artista com DNA paraense está entre os maiores da arte contemporânea mundial | O Liberal

Editorial, 2019. Francesco João “Tensional Abstraction” at Mendes Wood DM, Brussels | Mousse Magazine

Editorial, 2019. Francesco Joao | Meer

Galli, M., 2018. Francesco Joao and humidity (an interview) | Conceptual Fine Arts

Fattori Franchini, A., 2017. Review: Donkey Man | Flash Art

Bordignon, E., 2012. Leonardo da Vinci + Walt Disney = Francesco Joao Scavarda | ATP Diary

Castelli, S., 2012. Il contemporaneo profana Villa Reale. Colpa di Garutti | Artribune

Martin, J.J., 2012. ‘Lady Dior As Seen By’ exhibition at Triennale di Milano | WallPaper