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Internationally known artists share work and lives at lecture

Vik Muniz and Lilian Tone are two Brazilian artists who worked under military dictatorship from 1964-1985 and are known internationally for their work.

Both Muniz and Tone will be coming to USF today as a part of the University Lecture Series. Muniz and Tone will be discussing their careers and showing their work during the lecture. They will also share their stories about their lives as artists under an oppressive Brazilian regime.

In addition to Muniz’s craft as a sculptor, his photographic repertoire is also known worldwide.

“Vik is an internationally recognized artist and he has been in residence at USF creating his (art projects) over the past 18 months at (the) Graphic Studio (in the College of Visual & Performing Arts) producing new prints,” said Alexa Favata, associate director of the Contemporary Art Museum.

Favata said Muniz uses his artwork to play tricks on the eye through history using examples such as shamans, priests, artists, and con men. Favata added that Muniz uses his art to express power and belief.

Tone is an assistant curator in the department of painting and sculpture at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Although Tone was born in Brazil, she pursued her art career in the states, Favata said.

Tone’s artwork is prestigious in Latin America, she said .

“I think it is great to have an artist like Vik to work here at USF and to have them both here on campus Friday morning is a great way to learn about other places and what they are doing here as research artists,” Favata said.

This event is open to the public and students and will be held from 10 a.m. to noon in the Phyllis P. Marshall Center Room 270.