Pedro Varela (Niterói, Brazil, 1981) lives and works in Petrópolis, Rio de Janeiro. The artist mixes literary references from the Baroque period in paintings that recall an imaginary tropical world. With a strong character of visual narratives, his works explore the idea of the exotic often associated with the tropics. In more recent series, Varela has alternated between paintings in vibrant shades and psychedelic shapes and others in palettes of reduced colors, such as monochromatic black, white and blue.
Pedro has works in the following collections: Coleção SESC (Sao Paulo-SP); Gilberto Chateaubriand/Museu de Arte Moderna do Rio de Janeiro (MAM-RJ); Montblanc México (Mexico City); Sprint Nextel Art Collection, Overland Park; Museu de Arte do Rio, Rio de Janeiro (MAR-RJ).
Featuring among his main exhibits are: “Pedro Varela”, Zipper Galeria, São Paulo, 2016; "O grande tufo de ervas (Com Mauro Piva)", Galeria do Lago – Museu da república, Rio de Janeiro, 2015; "Crônicas tropicais", MDM Gallery, Paris, 2015; "Tropical", Galeria Enrique Guerrero, Mexico DF, 2014; "Dusk to dawn… Threads of infinity (com [with] Carolina Ponte)", Anima Gallery, Doha, Catar, 2014; "Pedro Varela", Centre Culturel Jean-Cocteau, Les Lilas, 2014; "Pedro Varela", Xippas, Montevideo, 2013; "Le Brésil Rive Gauche", Le Bon Marché Rive Gauche, Paris, 2013; "Tropical", Museu de Arte Moderna do Rio de Janeiro, 2012; "Ficções", Caixa Cultural do Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, 2015; "Anima Gallery two years anniversary", Anima Gallery, Doha, Qatar, 2014'; "Latina", Xippas Art Contemporain, Genebra, 2014; "Repentista", Gallery Nosco, London, 2014.