Mira Schendel (1919-1988), painter, draughtswoman. She worked with graphic design, executed paintings, ceramic sculpture and restored baroque images. Her participation in the 1st Bienal Internacional de São Paulo, in 1951, put her in contact with international experiments and introduced her to the national art world. After her death, many exhibitions presented her work both within and outside Brazil and in 1994, the 22nd São Paulo International Bienal devoted a special salon to her.
Employing delicate lines, veils of color, and word-like symbols, Schendel explored the transparency of human consciousness. By the mid-1960s, she begun producing her prolific series of over 2,000 monotypes on Japanese rice paper. Over the following decades, Schendel experimented with nylon-thread installations and paintings composed of tempera and gold leaf.