- Francesca Ferrari
(b Goiânia, Góias, Feb 22, 1950; d London, Jun 20, 1998).
Brazilian sculptor, installation artist, and draftsman active in the UK. Nogueira was born in the central state of Goiás in 1950. After studying journalism and communication at the University of Brasília and photography at Georgetown University in Washington, DC, in 1975 Nogueira visited her brother in London and ended up settling in the metropolis. Like many Latin American artists who left their countries to avoid the persecution and censorship of oppressive governments, Nogueira found in London an artistic effervescence and a cosmopolitan atmosphere that Brazil’s military dictatorship did not encourage. Nonetheless, a sense of instability would pervade Nogueira’s oeuvre, echoing her experience of the dramatic political shifts in Brazil as well as her condition as an expatriate.
With the encouragement of her friend Ana-Maria Pacheco, who had left Brazil to study art in London in 1973, Nogueira attended the Chelsea School of Art from 1976 to 1979 and the Central School of Arts and Design, gaining her MFA in 1980. At this early stage of her artistic career Nogueira experimented with gestural, almost expressionistic paintings centered on human and animal bodies, but she also created jewelry by assembling objects that she found on the floor of her studio. This latter practice laid the foundation for the sculptures and installations through which Nogueira became an internationally acclaimed artist in the decade between 1987 and her untimely death from cancer in 1998....