Maria Luisa Tavora

Full Professor
Postdoc, 2006-2007, School for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences -EHESS, Paris
PhD in Social History, 2000, IFCS/Federal University of Rio de Janeiro
MA in History of Art, 1990, EBA/UFRJ
Researcher CNPq-Pq2.
MA and PhD supervisor

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PhD in Social History/IFCS/Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ) (2000) and post-doctorate degree from the School for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences (EHESS, Paris) (2006-2007). Master’s degree in History of Art/EBA/UFRJ (1990), and specialised in History of Brazilian Art and Architecture/Rio Catholic University (PUC–Rio) (1987). Currently associate professor of History of Art, School of Fine Arts /UFRJ, in the graduation courses of the Department of History and Theory of Art, and post-graduate courses in the Post-graduate Programme of Visual Arts (PPGAV). Experience in the arts field, with emphasis on the history of visual arts, working mainly on the following topics: 20th and 21st century Brazilian art: contemporary and modern art; printmaking and painting; art critic, centres of art education. Member of the National Association of Researchers in Plastic Arts (ANPAP), Brazilian Art Critics’ Association (ABCA) and International Association of Art Critics (AICA). Co-editor of the PPGAV/UFRJ magazine Arte & Ensaios. Researcher CNPq-Pq2.


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Research interests

History of Brazilian art in the 20th and 21st centuries, especially printmaking and painting; contemporary and modern art, artists, production/practices and critical discourse; studies of the questions of abstract art and its expressions in Brazil; informal printmaking and its conceptual formulation based on art criticism; on collections in the National Museum of Fine Arts (MNBA), Museum of Modern Art (MAM-Rio), Niteroi Contemporary Art Museum (Ingá, MAC) and the George Kornis collection.

Research groups

Manifestations of Informalism in Artistic Engraving in the 50s and 60s leader
Contemporary-and-Modern-Art-Experiments-in-Brazil leader


Poetry and informalism topics in printmaking: São Paulo/Rio de Janeiro – 1950s/1960s. leader