Drawn: 1975–1993


A legendary personality

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Eduardo Brandão, Jan Fjeld, Leda Catunda, Krist Gruijthuijsen, Albet Hien, Yuji Kawasima, Lisette Lagnado, Ivo Mesquita, Adriano Pedrosa


Leonilson emerged as a seminal figure of the Brazilian contemporary art world during the 80s. Leonilson travelled extensively throughout Europe, and his paintings, drawings, and installations were featured in solo and group shows in France, Germany, Italy, and Spain, in addition to many exhibitions held in Brazil. In 1991, the artist tested positive for HIV. This diagnosis compelled a decisive shift in his career, as Leonilson began to develop his intimate embroideries, a practice he continued until his death in 1993 at the age of 36.

Drawn: 1975-1993 will be the first comprehensive retrospective of Leonilson’s work in Europe and will present over 150 works produced between 1975 and 1993. The comprehensive catalogue will include essays by Lisette Lagnado, Ivo Mesquita, Adriano Pedrosa and Krist Gruijthuijsen, as well as interviews with Leonilson, Jan Fjeld and Edoardo Brandao.

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Weight 1026 g
Dimensions 17.5 x 24.4 cm
Publisher name Hatje Cantz Verlag
Publication date 8 March 2021
Number of pages 432
Format Paperback / softback
Dimensions 17.5 x 24.4 cm
Weight 1026 g


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LEONILSON (1957-1993, Brazil) was interested in art early on. From 1978 to 1981 he studied fine arts in São Paulo, but left the university before graduating in order to dedicate himself entirely to his work. His paintings, drawings, and embroideries have been exhibited worldwide in solo and group shows, and many of them can be found in important institutional and private collections.