Kakati de Paiva


Kakati de Paiva was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in 1957.

He was only 19 years old when he first took part at a collective painting exhibition in Rio de Janeiro. After this first experience he did not stop researching on painting and studying art.

He took part at national and international exhibitions and started selling his paintings to important Brazilian art collectors and institutions.

In 2011 Kakati was invited to his first Museum exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Buenos Aires, Argentine. The same museum acquired some art pieces from the artist. Today his art is also part of the permanent collection of the Contemporary Art Museum of Rio de Janeiro.

Kakati is mainly influenced by Japanese culture for his close relation to Japanese community during many years in Brazil. His works are also very affected by his studies in architecture and certainly by the sensuality of the architecture of his hometown, Rio de Janeiro.

His artworks present strong shapes and colors with an incredible sense of depth and space as if we were contemplating one of the numerous beautiful gardens of his city.

The artist says: “Colors incite me to research my inner man. They give me good mood and good feelings thanks to light. That is why I love so much planet Earth”.

Main Solo Exhibitions

2012 Tangences, Ricardo Fernandes Gallery, Paris, France

2010 BNDES, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

2007 Spiga, Miami, USA

1999 Caixa Cultural, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

1981 Santa Ursula Cultural Solo Art Show, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Main Collective Exhibitions

2012 New York Art Expo 2012, New York, USA

2011 Contemporaneo – Biennale d’Art contemporain Latino-Americain, Espace Beaurepaire, Paris, France

2011 De A à Z, Ricardo Fernandes Gallery, Paris, France

2010 Marunouchi Gallery, The New York Gallery Building, New York, USA

2000 Zeezicht Foundation, The Netherlands