PIPA Prize

Partial view of PIPA Prize 2017 exhibition at MAM-Rio. In the foreground an installation by Carla Guagliardi and in the background a painting by Eder Oliveira. Photo by Thaysa Paulo


The PIPA Prize was the first initiative of the PIPA Institute, which coordinates and sponsors the Prize without tax benefits. The history of the Prize and the Institute are blended, but the Institute has been carrying out other actions in parallel.


Promote Brazilian artists, encourage domestic production of contemporary art, support and award emerging artists. It is also to be an alternative blueprint for the third sector.


The PIPA Prize held its first edition in 2010.

From 2010 to 2018 it maintained a partnership with the Museum of Modern Art of Rio de Janeiro (MAM-Rio), contributing to the collection of contemporary art of that institution. Each one of the finalists of the first nine editions donated an artwork to the museum. In total 36 new works by artists such as Renata Lucas, Marcius Galan, Cinthia Marcele, Berna Reale, Tatiana Blass, Arjan Martins, Barbara Wagner and others where added to the museum’s collection.

In 2019, the PIPA Prize staged its exhibition at Villa Aymoré, with a record audience at the oppening, with more than 700 people present.
In 2020, the show would be held at the Paço Imperial, but due to the Covid-19 pandemic it did not happen. The 4 finalists made a “Takeover” on the Prize’s website and social networks. For the first time, the 4 finalists were acclaimed as winners of the Prize.
In 2021, the Prize changed the format and will no longer have winners, but five artists will be selected. There will be no more competitive exhibition, and it will become virtual.

The PIPA Prize, has a popular sub-category, PIPA Online. All artists participating in each edition can participate in an online vote. This category helps to make known artists who are not represented by galleries and living outside the main cities. In some editions the winners were indigenous artists.

For more information visit www.pipaprize.com