Murilo Ribeiro (1955 - ) was born in Penedo, in the state of Alagoas. In 1975 he moved to Salvador to start Art courses in the School of Fine Arts of the Federal University of Bahia (UFBA). After residing in the Chapada Diamantina and travelling throughout the State of Bahia, he returned to Salvador in 1997 to open a studio and permanent exhibition space in Pelourinho.
To see an interview in Portuguese with Murilo in his studio go to :- http://www.canalassembleia.ba.gov.br/Det
1976 - Series "Village of the Universe" - Salvador - BA
1977 - Series "Brainwashing" Salvador, BA.
1978 - Series "House" - Rio de Janeiro, RJ.
1982 Exhibition Design "A Man without a home is a straw man "- Museum of Modern Art of Bahia (MAM) Salvador - BA,
1985 - Series "Northeasterners Astronauts" - The Bridge Gallery - Salvador - BA.
1985 - Series "Home Sweet Home "- Art Museum of Bahia (MAB) - Salvador - BA, Art Museum of Sao Paulo (MASP) - Sao Paulo - SP. 1992 Series - "The Boat Men" - Hotel Sofitel Quatro Rodas Artist - Salvador - BA. 1998 - Exhibition Space Allan Haagensen - Geneva - Switzerland.
1999 - Series "Brazil Brazil" - Galerie of the Alliance Française - Paris - France.
1999 - "The City of Bahia - Scenes Romance of Jorge Amado "- Fundação Casa de Jorge Amado - Salvador - BA.
2000 - Series "Brazil Brazil" Canning House Centre - London - England. 2000 - Series "Dona Flor" - House Foundation Jorge Amado - Jockey Club - São Paulo - SP.
2004 - Exhibition at Hotel Sofitel Quatro Rodas - Gallery
Salvador - BA.
2006 - "The colors in this city" Salvador BA
2008 - " Brièves Brasilienes Histories "- Alliance Française - Paris, France.
Significant group exhibitions
1976 - National Biennial of Sao Paulo - SP.
1977 - Centenary Exhibition of the School of Fine Arts -Museum of Modern Art - Salvador - BA.
1978 - "Art Today Bahia" - Global Art Gallery - Sao Paulo - SP, National Museum of Fine Arts - Rio de Janeiro - RJ, Museum of Modern Art - Salvador - BA - Recife - PE, João Pessoa - PB; Cuiabá - MT, Belo Horizonte - MG, Brasília - DF, Florianópolis-SC, Goiania - GO, Porto Alegre - RS, Aracaju - SE; Curitiba - PR.
1979 - "Five Artists from Bahia"
"The atmosphere and the Brazilian painter of passions Murilo's paintings capture the various atmospheres of the Brazilian way of life, covering both the rural and urban environments. There are mosaics of popular types and elements in the form of small screens that carry in themselves the strength of the Brazilian cultural expression. There are romantic situations portrayed, dreams, festive and warm relationships, and revelations - real or imagined - of everyday life.The dazzling use of color and creativity in the treatment of pictorial space, which often merge figure and background, personalized and made by the artist's unmistakable style, reminiscent of the freshness and vitality of human passions, dating, and friendship. The paintings appear to be made of remnants of the artists experiences and, as a result, reminiscent of the quilts of the popular tradition of craftsmanship that combine the simplicity of the material (pieces of tissue) with the inventiveness (the transformation of patchwork bedspreads) not only to generate a utilitarian object, but also to create beauty. What can be inferred from all these works is the distinct feeling the magic of shapes and colors, talking about simplicity, passion and beauty. And therein lies the magic of life, the atmosphere and the art of Brazilian Murilo."
Dilson Midlej, art critic