“Reality is a cliché from which we escape by metaphor.”
"Sephora Venites is a Brazilian multidisciplinary artist whose practice includes working in a variety of media; from film, performance, photography, painting, assemblage and digital art. She grew up in a small Brazilian village surrounded by a lush nature that we can find in her art, in the choice of a chromatic palette of bright and colourful tones. Her work focuses on the exploration of the female subjectivity, perception, experience, and interpretation of the world from a subject marked as feminine. Biocentrism and philosophy are the foundation of research and inspiration for most of her work. Her images are visual metaphors and spaces of interchange in which the viewer can read its meaning. The artist makes use of traditional techniques as well as digital media, exploring a diverse and almost unlimited mix of styles shifting effortlessly between abstraction and figuration foreshadowing aspects of conceptual art."
By Laura Francesca Di Trapani;
Art historian and independent curator.
Sephora Venites was born in the Brazilian town of Uberaba in the state of Minas Gerais. She is the eldest daughter of three children; her mother is a civil engineer and her father a lawyer. At the age of seven, Sephora received classical music training and piano lessons from the Conservatory Renato Frateschi.
At the age of 13, she was spotted by a freelance photographer in her hometown who encouraged her to pursue a modelling career.
She began modelling in her early teens after landing a catalogue work for the brand Avon.
When Sephora was 16, a talent scout from the Elite Model Management in the city of São Paulo, invited the young model to join the Elite Model Look contest, and her parents decided to send her to the capital in hopes of taking up her career.
She went to live with Plastic Artist Sandra Castro, who turned out to be her mentor in the Arts, craftwork, and Costume Design.
Grappling with the few opportunities, Sephora enrolled in theatre classes, setting aside the modelling work by focusing on film and TV commercials, and graduating from high school.
Modest Television Works soon came her way, including a few international opportunities.
At the age of 20, she moves to Barcelona, and the city would become an essential centre for her grounding for the next few years.
She enrolled in a local Design Academy, learning illustration techniques, Visual Communication, and Graphic design before completing a course in Costume design at the Institut Català de la Moda.
Working consistently as a model for fashion editorials and commercial advertising during her school period in Barcelona, she was ready to give modelling another try, briefly after graduating, travelling to Asia for the first time in 2007.
Sephora posed for the lens of British photographer Clive Arrowsmith, appeared in fashion magazines such as Harper's Bazaar, L'Officiel, Elle and Fashion Japan 25ans.
She was the cover of the book 'The Little Black Dress' and has walked the catwalks for brands such as Cartier, Gucci, Custo Barcelona, G-Star, Betsey Johnson and Oscar de la Renta. She has starred in various advertising campaigns for Sony, Garnier, Storm Watches and Santander Group, among others.
At the end of 2007, Sephora has moved to London, UK, where she lived until 2015.
In 2011, she engaged in a performing arts course at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, a traditional conservatory in the city of Los Angeles, CA.
Sephora appeared in the TV series Mr Selfridge in 2013, having worked with director Jon Jones.
Other film credits include the independent feature film 'Liquid Love' (2018) by Vitor Steinberg, loosely based on the book of the Polish-born sociologist Zygmunt Bauman, and the recent adaptation of Ibsen's Hedda Gabler, by Matthew John.
On stage, Sephora worked with the acclaimed Iranian playwright Nassim Soleimanpour, first during the tour of "White Rabbit, Red Rabbit" in 2013 at the Theatre Sesc Vila Mariana, São Paulo. Also, in 2014 for the groundings and rehearsals of the thought-provoking "Blind Hamlet"; with the Actors Touring Company in London, UK.
In 2014, Sephora made her debut as a television presenter hosting the program 'Cena Londres'; a Brazilian production from channel Bis, Globo Group. Exploring and covering the London music scene, the TV show featured artists like Cut Copy, Metronomy, The Hives, Molotov Jukebox, The Horrors, Little Dragon, Chet Faker, Anne Clark, Peggy Sue, Simian Mobile Disco, Atari Teenage Riot, Au Revoir Simone and Clap Your Hands Say Yeah.
In the recent years, she has devoted her time to work as a Visual Artist. Her artworks are part of private collections in the USA, Canada, United Kingdom and Spain.