Marilena Pelosi

*1957, Brazil/France

She was born in Rio de Janeiro and began her artistic work at 16, when she was seriously ill. She had to leave Brazil to avoid marriage to a voodoo priest.

Her identity as an artist has helped her to recover from two unhappy marriages. Her drawings, in ballpoint pen, felt pen or coloured pencils on paper, often show tortured women in tears or bleeding. Pelosi’s artistic output is strongly influenced by her Brazilian roots. Examples of her work can be seen in the Collection art]&[marges in Brussels, the collection of Gerhard and Karin Dammann, Switzerland, and in the Treger-Saint Silvestre collection, Portugal.


Selected works