Luisa Strina

Stalwart gallerist of Brazilian art scene

Strina has been in the game for 45 years, so isn’t easily fazed. Which is good, because what with Brazil’s political situation and the fact that a third edition of her boutique art fair did not materialise this year, she has had a lot to take in her stride. More positively, she had her work cut out with the many museum shows for the artists represented by her São Paulo-based gallery. In September the largest show of Cildo Meireles’s work ever staged in Latin America took over the galleries of Sesc Pompeia, showing the artist at both his most spectacular and subtly political. The six-decade survey of Anna Maria Maiolino’s work at the Whitechapel Gallery in London (complemented by a show back home in Strina’s Jardins space) was similarly comprehensive. Leonor Antunes, another of her artists to have a stellar year, represented Portugal at the Venice Biennale and won the Zurich Art Prize 2019.