Maria Thereza Alves

Berlin and Naples

Born in São Paulo, 1961. Lives and works in Berlin and Naples.


Maria Thereza Alves has participated in numerous international exhibitions including Documenta fifteen, 22nd Biennale Panamericana di Quito, Sydney Biennale (2020), 1st Toronto Biennale, Manifesta 12 and 7, São Paulo Biennial (2016 and 2010), Berlin Biennale 8, Sharjah Biennial (2017), dOCUMENTA (13), Taipei Biennale (2012), Guangzhou Triennial 3 and the Second Havana Biennial. Alves is the recipient of Museo delle Civitá Research Fellowship Program for 2022-23 and the Vera List Prize for Art and Politics for 2016-2018.


In 1978, as a member of the International Indian Treaty Council, Alves made an official presentation of human rights abuses of the Indigenous population of Brazil at the U.N. Human Rights Commission in Geneva. Alves was one of the founding members of the Green Party of Sao Paulo in 1987. Her recent book is Maria Thereza Alves: Seeds of Change (2023), edited by Carin Kuoni and Wilma Lukatch. In 2020, she published Thieves and Murderers in Naples: A Brief History on Families, Colonization, Immense Wealth, Land Theft, Art and the Valle de Xico Community Museum in Mexico. More info: