Vik Muniz was born in São Paulo, Brazil. He lives and works in New York and Rio de Janeiro.
Reflex, a retrospective of Vik's work will be traveling through the U.S. and Mexico from 2006 to 2008. The venues for the show include the Miami Art Museum, Seattle Art Museum, P.S.1 MoMA, the Museum of Contemporary Art in San Diego and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Montreal. In December 2008 the Museum of Modern Art, NY will open Artist's Choice: Vik Muniz an exhibition of MoMA's collection curated by Vik. In November 2007, Vik opened a solo show at the House of Photography in Moscow.
Other solo shows include The Beautiful Earth at Paço das Artes e Galeria Fortes Vilaça in São Paulo, Pictures of People at the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art in the UK: Vik Muniz at the Irish Museum of Contemporary Art in Dublin; Vik Muniz at the Centro Galego de Arte Contemporânea in Santiago de Compostela, Spain; Vik Muniz at Museum of Modern Art, Rio de Janeiro and Museum of Modern Art ,São Paulo; The Things Themselves: Pictures of Dirt at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York; Vik Muniz at The Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery in New York; Clayton Days at The Frick Art & Historical Center in Pittsburgh and Seeing is Believing at the International Center of Photography in New York.
He participated in the 49th Venice Biennial, the 2000 Biennial Exhibition at the Whitney Museum of American Art, the XXIV Bienal Internacional de São Paulo and The 46th Corcoran Biennial Exhibition, Media/Metaphor at The Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. Some of his recent publications are Reflex: A Vik Muniz Primer, Portuguese version published by Cosac Naif, SP, Brasil in 2007 and English (original version) by Aperture, NY, 2005; Incomplete Work, published by the National Library Foundation, Brazil, 2004; Vik Muniz, Natura Pictrix: Essays and Interviews on Photography, published by Edgewise Press (NY, Turin, Paris), 2004.
His work is included in the collections of the major international museums such as: the Art Institute of Chicago, Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art, The J. Paul Getty Museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art (New York), Museu de Arte Moderna de São Paulo, and Victoria and Albert Museum in London, among others.
Vik has also been a guest speaker in major University and Museums such as, Harvard, Yale, the Ted Conference, New York University, the International Center of Photography, the Museum of Modern Art, New York, and the Museum of Modern Art of São Paulo.