Liliane Dardot Biography

Liliane Dardot




Printmaker, painter, educator, and activist Liliane Dardot was born in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, in 1946. She attended the Escola de Belas Artes, Universidad Federal de Minas Greais in Belo Horizonte, graduating in 1968. In the meantime, she worked with youth and poor residents of Santana Island in various sociopolitical outputs as the military dictatorship took hold of Brazil and supression of free speech spread. This experience would continue to influence her work, even as she then took a teaching position at the same school from which she graduated, working as a drawing instructor. She held that position until 1977 when she relocated to Olinda, Brazil.

In the late 1970s she pursued lithography, joining the Oficina Guaianases de Gravura printmakers' group. She would eventually become president of the group, helping to organize classes, exhibitions, and more. Throughout the 1980s she also worked as an illustrator. Her personal output would begin to concentrate on motherhood and the rituals of home life.

From 1990 to 1997 Dardot taught lithography at the Escola Guignard in Belo Horizonte, and continued to experiment with new mediums, among them large-scale paintings executed with colored sand. In the early 2000s she collaborated with Brazilian historian Marcia Almada in creating works relating to the writer Jose Guimaraes Rosa's publications. She continues to live and work in Bela Horizonte.

Selected exhibitions: Jovem arte contemporânea, Museu de Arte Contamporânea de São Paulo (1968); Lilane Dardot, Galeria 3 Galeras, Olinda, Brazil (1978); Liliane Dardot, Fundação Cultural do Distrito Federal, Brasilia (1979); 21st Salão de Artes de Recife (1979; prize); 2nd Mostra do Desenho Brasileiro, Curitiba (1980; prize); the 5th and 6th Bienal del Grabado Latino Americano, San Juan, Puerto Rico (1981, 1983); the 1st Havana Biennial (1984); Liliane Dardot, Casa de Cultura Laura Alvim, Rio de Janeiro (2003); Por fundo do todos os matos, amém! - Obra in situ, Museo Casa Guimarães Rosa, Cordisburgo, Brazil (2005).