Clarissa Tossin (Porto Alegre, Brazil, 1973) lives and works in Los Angeles. She received an M.F.A. from the California Institute of the Arts in 2009 and was a Core Fellow at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston from 2010 to 2012. Her multimedia installation Brasília, Cars, Pools and Other Modernitieshas been recently featured in the Hammer Museum’s Biennial Made in L.A. 2014. In early 2015, the video installation Streamlined: Belterra, Amazônia / Alberta, Michigan was the subject of a solo exhibition at the Museum of Latin American Art, Long Beach. Group exhibitions include Unsettled Landscapes at SITE Santa Fe, New Mexico (2014); Bringing the World into the World at The Queens Museum, New York (2014) and When Attitudes Became Form Become Attitudes at CCA Wattis Institute, San Francisco, and Detroit’s Museum of Contemporary Art (2012–2013). She has received a California Community Foundation Fellowship (2014), an Artists’ Resource Completion Grant (2013), and an Artistic Innovation Grant (2012), both from the Center for Cultural Innovation.



2009 M.F.A. in Art, California Institute of the Arts (CalArts), Valencia, CA 2000 B.F.A., Fundação Armando Álvares Penteado, São Paulo, Brazil


2015 Samuel Freeman, Los Angeles
Streamlined: Belterra, Amazônia / Alberta, Michigan, Museum of Latin American Art (MOLAA), Long Beach, CA
2014 Transplanted, Galeria Luisa Strina, Project Room – São Paulo, Brazil
2013 Brasília, Cars, Pools & Other Modernities, Artpace – San Antonio, TX
Blind Spot, Blaffer Art Museum – University of Houston, Houston, TX
Study for a Landscape, Sicardi Gallery, Project Room – Houston, TX
2012 On Brasília, Centre 3 – Hamilton, Canada
2011 Gasto, Galeria Luisa Strina, Project Room – São Paulo, Brazil
2009 Real, California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, CA (MFA Thesis)


2015 MetaModern, Krannert Art Museum, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, IL – curated by Ginger Gregg Duggan and Judith Hoos Fox

2014 Unsettled Landscapes, SITE Santa Fe, NM – curated by Candice Hopkins, Lucía Sanromán, Janet Dees and Irene Hofmann
Made in L.A. 2014, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA – curated by Connie Butler and Michael Ned Holte
Bringing the World into the World, Queens Museum, New York, NY – curated by Hitomi Iwasaki
The Cartographer, Charlie James Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Apollo TBD, Samuel Freeman, Los Angeles, CA
Liberdade em Movimento, Fundação Iberê Camargo, Porto Alegre, BR – curated by Jacopo Crivelli
Roesler Hotel #25: Dispositivos para um mundo (im)possível, Galeria Nara Roesler, São Paulo, BR – curated by Luisa Duarte Art@Tell, University of St. Gallen, Zwitzerland
2013 Panoramas do Sul – 18o Festival Internacional de Arte Contemporânea Sesc_Videobrasil, SESC Pompéia, São Paulo, Brazil – curated by Solange Farkas, Eduardo de Jesus, Fernando Oliva and Julia Rebouças
Tempo Suspenso, Brazil Fair, Miami, FL– curated by Luisa Duarte
Sneakerotics, Edouard Malingue Gallery, Hong Kong, HK
Soft off, ltd los angeles, Los Angeles, CA
La Elipsis Arquitectónica, Centro Cultural Universitario Tlatelolco – Mexico City, MX –curated by Ruth Estévez and Javier Toscano
When Attitudes Became Form Become Attitudes, Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, MI
2012 When Attitudes Became Form Become Attitudes, CCA Wattis Institute, San Francisco, CA (curated by Jens Hoffmann)
Vantage Point, The Mission Projects, Chicago, IL
Of Other Spaces, The McKinney Avenue Contemporary, Dallas, TX
Dallas Biennial, Dallas Contemporary – Dallas, TX (curated by Florence Ostende) Core Exhibition, Glassell School of Art, Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Houston, TX
2011 Building Arts, Sicardi Gallery, Houston, TX
Material Differences, The McKinney Avenue Contemporary, Dallas, TX Young Latino
Artists 16: Thought Cloud, Mexic-Arte Museum, Austin, TX
Nowhere Near Here, Houston Center for Photography, Houston, TX
Core Exhibition, Glassell School of Art, Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Houston, TX
2010 The First Thing, Redling Fine Art, Los Angeles, CA
I Know What You Did Last Summer, Saint Cecilia Convent, Brooklyn, NY 2009 Feeling Feelings, Compact Space, Los Angeles, CA
Why Theory – Spring Art Towers, Los Angeles, CA
M.F.A. Conversations – I-5 Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
CAA Los Angeles M.F.A., Helen Lindhurst Gallery – USC, Los Angeles, CA
2008 M.F.A. Mid-residency Show, California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, CA
Alan Kaprow: Art as Life Happenings Series, Publicity, Vasquez Rocks Park, MoCA, Los
Angeles Truth, REDCAT Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2007 Exquisite Acts and Everyday Rebellions, California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, CA
2000 Sob Medida, Espaço Porto Seguro de Fotografia, São Paulo, Brasil


2014 Fundação Joaquim Nabuco, Projeto Residências Artísticas, Recife, Brazil
2013 ARTPACE, International AIR, San Antonio, TX (guest curator: Hanru Hou) 2010-12
CORE Program, The Museum of Fine Arts Houston, TX 2011 SOMA Summer, Mexico City, MX
2010 Fundación Botín, Santander, Spain (mentor: Mona Hatoum) 2009 Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture, Skowhegan, ME



2014 Emerging Artist Fellowship, California Community Foundation 2013 ARC Grant, Center for Cultural Innovation
2012 Artistic Innovation Grant, Center for Cultural Innovation
VI Concurso de Videoarte, Fundação Joaquim Nabuco
2010-12 Core Program Fellowship, Museum of Fine Arts Houston
2009 Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture, Donald and Doris Fisher Fellowship
Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture, CalArts Matching Fellowship Los Angeles MFA Award, College Art Association
Dean’s Grant, California Institute of the Arts
2008 Interdisciplinary Grant, California Institute of the Arts 2007-09 Graduate Scholarship, California Institute of the Arts



2014 Neha Choksi, “Staging a Biennial,” X-tra Magazine, Vol. 17, Number 2 (Winter 2015) George Melrod, “Made in L.A.,” Art Ltd Magazine (July/August 2014)
Abe Ahn, “Broadcasting Los Angeles,” Hyperallergic, (July 28, 2014)
Paula Bittar, “A Casa que Niemeyer Criou,” Correio Braziliense, (July 24, 2014) Adele Oliveira,”SITE Santa Fe — Clarissa Tossin: Place holders,” Santa Fe-New Mexican Magazine (July 18, 2014)
Anuradha Vikram, “The Politics of Rehearsal,” Daily Serving, (July 14, 2014)
Roberta Smith, “If Seeing Is Believing, a Panorama of Truth,” The New York Times, (June 19, 2014)
Su Wu, “Art Matters | A Biennial in, and About, Los Angeles,” The New York Times Style Magazine (June 13, 2014)
Mariola V. Alvarez, “Maintaining Cars, Pools & Other Modernities: Clarissa Tossin’s Brasília,” Gulf Coast, Vol. 26, Issue 2 (Spring 2014)
Sally Frater, “Traversing Geographies, Collapsing Architectures,” X-tra Magazine, Vol. 16, Number 3 (Spring 2014)
Jori Finkel, “Artists Named for Hammer Museum’s Los Angeles Biennial,” The New York Times (February 18, 2014)
2013 Anjali Gupta, “This is Not An Institutional Critique: Artpace’s IAIR 13.2,” Current (July 24, 2013).
Kelly Montana, “Clarissa Tossin at Window into Houston & Sicardi Gallery,” Arts+Culture (May 24, 2013)
Kelly Klaasmeyer, “Relentless Sun: The Images of Clarissa Tossin,” Houston Press (May 29, 2013).
Pedro Hernández, “La Elipsis Arquitectónica,” Arquine (February 28, 2013)
Fabiola Palapa Quijas, “Quince artistas se apropian de elementos arquitectónicos y crean desde la cotidianidad,” La Jornada (February 27, 2013)
“Arquitectura y arte contemporáneo en Tlatelolco,” (February 27, 2013)
“Arquitectura más allá de la función, en el CCUT,” El Universal (February 26, 2013)
“El CCUT presenta la exposicón “La elipsis arquitectónica,” Proyecto 40, (February 26, 2013)
2012 Tyler Rudick, “The art of technology: Core show touches on Google Maps, sexy dancing & Ferris Bueller,” Culturemap (April 17)
Kathleen Massara, “Florence Ostende Discusses The First and Last Dallas Biennale,” The Huffington Post (April 13).
Katia Zavistovski, “2012 Core Exhibition,” Arts & Culture Magazine (April 1).
Peter Simek, “Why Dallas’ First Biennale Art Exhibition Will Also Be Its Last,” Front Row: D Magazine (March 26).
Junior Compton, “The Dallas Contemporary Biennale,” Dallas Arts Reveu (April) Altamese Osborne, “Daggering: Dance Simulating Hardcore Sex at the Glassell School of Art Core 2012 Exhibit,” Houston Press (March 21).
Bill Davenport, “Dallas’ Un-Biennial Biennale,” Glasstire (March 2).
2011 Kelly Klaasmeyer, “Building Arts: Alexander Apostol, Dias & Riedweg, Thomas Glassford, Marco Maggi and Clarissa Tossin,” Houston Press (November 9).
Jeanne Claire van Ryzin, “When Art is Simply Art,” Austin American-Statesman (July 10): F1-F3
Margherita Dessanay, “Viewing: Clarissa Tossin,” Elephant, issue 7 (Summer 2011): 24 Rachel Hooper, “Nowhere Near Here,” …might be good # 167 (April 15)
Steven Thomson, “Getting to the Core of young artists at the Glassell School: Oil spills, plastic villains & dollar troubles,” CultureMap Houston (April 12) Katia Zavistovski, “2011 Core Exhibition,” ART LIES (March 20). Kelly Klaasmeyer, “Fine Fellows,” Houston Press (March 9).
2010 Irene Sainz, “La atalaya creativa de Pérez Galdós,” El Mundo (July 10): 16-17. Meghann McCrory, “Feeling Feelings: On (re)Framing Affect” (exhibition essay).
2000 Renato De Cara, “Sob Medida Para uma Época,” Mundo Mix Magazine.
Mara Gama, “Figura Contemporânea dá as Caras,” Folha de São Paulo (September 22).



2014 “Made in L.A. 2014,” Butler & Holte, Hammer Museum, Delmonico/Prestel, 2014. “Unsettled Landscapes,” SITE Santa Fe, 2014.
“Liberdade em Movimento,” Fundação Iberê Camargo, 2014.
2013 “Panoramas do Sul – 18o Festival Internacional de Arte Contemporânea Sesc_Videobrasil,” Edições SESC. “La Elipsis Arquitectónica,” Centro Cultural Universitário Tlatelolco. (exhibition publication).
2012 “When Attitudes Became Form Become Attitudes,” CCA Wattis Institute. (exhibition catalogue). “Core Program 2011-2012,” Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (exhibition catalogue).
2011 “Core Program 2010-2011,” Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (exhibition catalogue).
2010 “Brasília by Foot,” Shifter 16: Pluripotential (April): 44-51.
2009 “Why Theory,” California Institute of the Arts M.F.A. 2009 (exhibition publication).
2000 “Sob Medida,” Espaço Porto Seguro de Fotografia (exhibition catalogue).



The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
Kadist Art Foundation, San Francisco/Paris