Title: Charm for Food and Good Fortune
Medium: Mixed media, feathers
Vater is a Brazilian multimedia artist, who was born in Rio de Janeiro and has lived in Austin, Texas since 1985. She received her Bachelor's Degree in Architecture from the Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. She continued her education by studying: Video at the Downtown Video Community Center, New York and ACTV, Austin, Texas; Photography at the University of Texas at Austin; and Amiga Computer Editing and Light Wave 3D at ACTV, Austin. As an installation artist, Vater combines forms that come from late 20th century minimalist sculpture with content that often has its origins in Brazil's colonial period. Using Brazilian and African-Brazilian mythologies as her subject matter, she delves into what has been lost and gained through colonialism, immigration and repopulation, exile and cultural transition.
Her selected solo exhibitions include: Brazil by Brazilians, Center for the Arts, San Francisco, 1994; Carrington & Gallagher Gallery, San Antonio, Texas, 1993; Southeast Museum of Photography, Daytona Beach, Florida, 1993; Brazil by Brazilians and Agua, Austin Access Cable Television, Texas, 1993; Comigo Ninguem Pode, Teatro Oficina, Sao Paulo, Brazil, 1992; Galeria Paulo Figueiredo, Sao Paulo, 1992; Solar Grandjean Du Montigny, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 1992; Artist's Window, Donnell Library Center, New York, 1992; Green, Austin Access Cable Television, Texas, 1992; I Have Killed the Deer, Austin Access Cable Television, Texas, 1991; and Videos by Regina Vater, Upstate Films, Rinebeck, New York, 1990.
Her selected group exhibitions include: Rejoining the Spiritual, Maryland Institute of Art, Maryland, 1994; Photo Work '94, Coral Gables, Florida, 1994; Outside From Within: Paper As Sculpture, Rosenwald Woulf Gallery, University of the Arts, Philadelphia, 1994; Ceremony of Spirit - Nature and Memory in Contemporary Latino Art, Mexican Museum, San Francisco, 1993; VII Latin American Film Festival, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1993; Intimate Lives, Women & Their Work Gallery, Austin, 1993; International Festival of Photography, Sao Paulo, 1993; Ultramodern - Art of Contemporary Brazil, The National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, DC, 1993; The Pioneers of Video Art in Brazil, Brazilian National Television, 1992; and Rio-Eco, the 1st Earth Summit, Rio de Janeiro, 1992.