Vik Muniz

Vik Muniz on POP Fine Art

Vik Muniz born in 1961, São Paulo, Brazil. He is a Brazilian artist and photographer that initially started out as a sculptor. Muniz grew interested with the photographic representations of his work, eventually focusing completely on photography. He is best known for recreating famous imagery from art history and pop culture with unexpected, everyday objects, and photographing them. Primarily working in series, Muniz incorporates the use of quotidian objects such as diamonds, sugar, thread, chocolate syrup and garbage in his practice to create bold, ironic and often deceiving imagery, gleaned from the pages of pop culture and art history. Muniz says that when he takes photographs, he intuitively searches for "a vantage point that would make the picture identical to the ones in my head before I’d made the works," so that his photographs match those mental images. He sees photography as having "freed painting from its responsibility to depict the world as fact." He cites the mosaics in a church in Ravenna as one of his influences.

His work has been met with both commercial success and critical acclaim, and has been exhibited worldwide. His solo show at MAM in Rio de Janeiro was second only to Picasso in attendance records. Muniz lives and works in both New York City and Rio de Janeiro.