Born in 1966, Marcelo started to work with photography as a freelancer for Brazilian and international press agencies through the French agency SIPA Press in 1996.
His work has been focused mainly in the cultural field. He develops signature photography courses and workshops for the São Paulo Museum of Modern Art and supervises photographers in study groups to develop personal projects. He also coordinates and edits the work of many photographers for exhibitions in local and international events.
In his signature work, the universe of women was his initial focus. For years, he took a series of photographs of Brazilian stage actresses and exhibited them in São Paulo and Santos, in Brazil, and, at the end of 2001, in Portugal.
The Intimate project, Intimate Light, dealt with a metaphor about the female universe, was exhibited at the Pinacoteca do Estado in 2002 and as a result of this work, received a scholarship from the Portuguese Center of Photography to carry out a parallel.
This material was exposed in 2005 in São Paulo. From 2005 the artist returns his look to contemporary urban life. The first result of this new research was exposed in Germany in 2006 under the title Wild Silence. In 2010 he published the book / portfolio Mixed Times with texts by the artist Sergio Fingermann. This work was exposed in São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro.
Since then he has worked on a series of visual narratives that bring the lived experience into illusory biographies, thus building a relationship between fiction and reality throughout history. Within these projects Internal Affair – 2013, Shadows Dry – 2015 and now the stage Shelter in the mourning process. The books already published in this series have been selected to be part of the Library of Congress – USA.
He was general curator of the Photography Festival ‘Paraty em Foco’ 2008.
In 2009 he created Schoeler Editions, an editorial house focused on the Fine Art market.
Creates limited edition books and portfolios signed by the artist.
Since 2012 develops a project of cultural exchanges and artistic residences. He held with the Rietveld Academy of Art, Amsterdam where, along with Leo Divendal, he taught a course for 30 students, including 15 Brazilians and 15 Europeans and Asians. In 2014 he promoted two artistic residencies for a group of students with Leo Divendal and with Machiel Botman in Amsterdam and Harlem.
Currently participating in the project Lance Ventoux Mission, which aims to develop a cultural and artistic exchange between Brazil and France in the Provence region.
Library of Congress (USA) – Internal Affair book and Sombras Secas version limited Edition book
Coleção Joaquim Paiva
Fundação Cultural de Curitiba (Curitiba Cultural Foundation)
ABRA – Academia Brasileira de Artes (Brazilian Academy of Arts)
Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo (Art Gallery of the State of São Paulo)
São Paulo Museum of Modern Art (MAM)
Support for the Íntima Luz (Intimate Light), Portuguese Photography Center (CPF) – 2003.
Grant Prêmio Gloc Cultural with the project Sombras Secas – 2015.
Individual Exhibitions in Brazil:
2015 – Sombras Secas – Museu Imagem e do Som – São Paulo (Image and Sound Museum).
2013 – Urban Landscapes, SESC Santana, São Paulo; Internal Affairs, Espaço Ophicina, São Paulo.
2010 – Mixed Times, Espaço Contraponto, São Paulo; Tempos Misturados, Ateliê da Imagem, Rio de Janeiro.
2005 – Íntima, Luz Íntima – Portugal (Lowermost Light – Portugal), International Photography Month – Caixa Econômica Federal, São Paulo; Camões Institute; FotoArte Brasília, Federal District.
2004 – Ínfima Luz (Lowermost Light), SENAC School of Photography, São Paulo.
2003 – Íntima, Luz Íntima (Intimate, Intimate Light) project, an Itinerant SESI Exhibition, approximately 12 cities and 35 companies.
2002 – Mulheres – Substantivo Próprio (Women – Proper Noun), an Itinerant SESI Exhibition, approximately 12 cities and 35 companies; Íntima, Luz Íntima (Intimate, Intimate Light), Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo (Art Gallery of the State of São Paulo).
2001 – Mulheres – Substantivo Próprio (Women – Proper Noun), Espaço Ophicina, São Paulo; International Photography Month – Casa das Fotos, Santos; Faces da Anima (Faces of the Anima), 3rd Annual Photography Program – Centro Cultural São Paulo, São Paulo.
2000 – Crianças do Brasil (Children of Brazil), FNAC, São Paulo.
1997 – Mulheres Brasileiras em Cena (Brazilian Women on Stage), SESC Consolação; ABRA – Academia Brasileira de Arte (Brazilian Academy of Arts), São Paulo; MISS – Museu Imagem e do Som (Image and Sound Museum), Santos.
2015 – A arte da Lembrança (The Remember) – Instituto Itau Cultural, São Paulo; Distâncias Sutis, Casa das Rosas, São Paulo.
2009 – Cantos (Corners), Espaço Ophicina, São Paulo.
2006 – O Universo de Guimarães Rosa (The Universe of Guimarães Rosa), SESC Pompéia, São Paulo.
2004 – Acesso a Terra no Brasil (Access to Land in Brazil), Harvard University, United States; São Paulo 450 years, Caixa Econômica Federal, São Paulo.
2003 – Pinacoteca do Estado (Art Gallery of the State of São Paulo) three-year retrospective, VI São Paulo International Month of Photography, São Paulo.
2000 – III International Photography Biennial, Curitiba.
1996 – ABRA Photography Festival, ABRA – Academia Brasileira de Artes (Brazilian Academy of Arts), São Paulo.
2007 – Últimas Estórias (Last Stories), Tropenmuseum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
2006 – Silêncio Selvagem (Wild Silence), Solms; Leica Gallery, Germany; Silêncio Selvagem (Wild Silence), Frankfurt; Leica Gallery, Germany
2004 – Íntima, Luz Íntima (Intimate, Intimate Light), Brazilian Culture Festival, Frascati, Italy.
2001 – Mulheres Brasileiras em Cena (Brazilian Women on Stage), Campo Alegre Theater, Porto, Portugal.
Brasília – 45 Years
Comunicar para não esquecer (Communicate so as not to forget).
Internal Affair – Limited Edition
Íntima Luz, (Intimate Light) – Artist Book, Limited Edition
Tempos Misturados (Mixed Times) – Book/Portfolio.
Brasília- Coleção Passaporte (Passport Collection).