Andréa Hygino works as a visual artist, art educator and teacher. She holds a degree in Visual Arts from the Institute of Arts of the State University of Rio de Janeiro (UERJ) and a Master’s in Visual Languages from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ). She attended the engraving workshops at the Escola de Artes Visuais (EAV) at Parque Lage and at UERJ and was a substitute teacher of drawing at the Escola de Belas Artes at UFRJ. He currently teaches at the Instituto de Artes da UERJ and at the independent art spaces of Estúdio Belas Artes and Centro Cultural Lanchonete< >Lanchonete. In 2020, he won the SelecT Prize for Art Education (Education Shirt category), with the project “Emergency Exit”, co-authored with the artist Luiza Coimbra.
Andréa produces from different languages, such as drawing, performance, sculpture and photography, but finds a special investigation in printmaking: the operation of engraving a surface and producing a mark on a support reveals itself as the will to build an archive of inscribed memories. In an interview for the magazine Desvio, the artist comments: “What interests me, beyond the comment on engraving itself, is to rescue these traces of existences that are usually made invisible or erased; to remind and celebrate anonymous people; to tell and archive their stories in fragmented records.” The specifics of the graphic processes of his works, such as repetition, differentiation and mirroring, give rise to a discussion about school training devices, echoing ruled sheets, calligraphy exercises, chairs for right-handers, didactic stamps, among others. In general, Andréa’s work reflects the situation of education and public education in Brazil, and on several occasions finds in student disobedience the necessary place for contestation and creation.