Alegrete, Brazil, 1985. – Lives and works in Porto Alegre, Brazil.
PIPA 2020 and 2021 Nominee
Xadalu Tupã Jekupé is an indigenous artist that uses objects and elements from screen printing, painting, and photography to approach the tensions between indigenous and western cultures through urban art in the cities. His work, the outcome of his experiences in the indigenous villages, and of conversations with wise men around the bonfire, has become one of the most powerful features in visual arts against the extinguishing of the indigenous culture in the state of Rio Grande do Sul. The dialog and the integration with the Guarani Mbyá community have allowed the artist to retrieve and acknowledge his own ancestry. Born in Alegrete, Xadalu’s origins are connected to the indigenous people that lived on the Ibirapuitã riverside.