Panmela Castro (Born in Rio de Janeiro, 1981) has a Masters in Contemporary Artistic Processes from the State University of Rio de Janeiro (UERJ) and graduated in Painting from the School of Fine Arts at the University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ). She is Brazilian, a feminist, human rights activist, art collector, cultural entrepreneur and a promoter of street art produced by women in Brazil.She is a deductive artist whose main areas of interest are the female body in dialogue with the urban landscape and questions of otherness and binary gender. She dedicates herself to the production of a wide range of art work such as performance art, photos, videos and her world renowned murals. As a street artist she has produced exterior paintings in more than ten countries worldwide and has also exhibited in art galleries such as the Museum of Brazilian Culture (MUBE) and the Bishop Rosário Contemporary Art Museum; her work also forms part of the art collection of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) in Washington D.C. and the Câmara dos Deputados (House of Representatives) in Brasilia.
Independent art projects are created and produced in her name by way of her company or for various other companies such as Avon, Nike, Hublot and Rede Globo. In addition, she performs diverse lectures and provides consultancy in the field of the arts and gender studies. Her entrepreneurship led to a nomination for the “Business Entrepreneur of the Year” award in 2015 for the newspaper Folha de São Paulo.
In 2005 she initiated a collection of the work of street artists the majority of which were by women. She performs a curatorial role with the aim of encouraging the production of work by such artists. She also founded Rede NAMI, a feminist organisation that unites various artistic talents and that seeks to promote training and workshops with the aim of promoting the rights of women, and, in essence, to end violence committed against women.
She has received many nominations, such as, for example, one of “150 Women Who Shake the World”, (Newsweek, 2015).