Alexandra Ungern


Artist and director and founder of Atelie Ale Art-space in Sao Paulo - Brazil

who am I

Alexandra Ungern is a Brazilian artist, daughter of immigrant parents from Germany and Hungary. She was born in Recife in the state of Pernambuco, but as a child her family settled back in São Paulo. Initially trained as a teacher, she decided to start her artistic studies in 2002, and has been dedicated as a visual artist since then. Alexandra has always expressed her desire to collaborate with fellow artists and curators in a project space. With this motivation, in 2012 she founded the Espaço de Arte Ateliê Alê (@atelie_ale) , in São Paulo, Brazil, an Artspace open to the public, enabling knowledge and access to contemporary art. Alexandra is fluent in English, Portuguese, Spanish and German.

There is a need to seek answers and ask questions on topics that involve my daily life. My artistic research explores experiences related to memory, life and finitude. I am interested in establishing connections between stories from the past and current events, revealing the scars of something that no longer exists indicating physical transformations that occur over time. My multidisciplinary practice incorporates drawing, photography, painting, video and installation.

“Drawing, object, assemblage, photography, video and painting draw a broad panorama of the artist’s research and poetic universe, whose central theme is matter, in its permanence or ephemerality, in its changing nature and derives.  A reflection on memory that shows a concern about time, life, its finitude and transformation.”

Claudinei Roberto da Silva

Brazilian Curator


Alexandra Ungern

1967, Recife-PE Brazil

She lives and works in Sao Paulo



WEBSTER UNIVERSITY, Bachelor of Arts: Visual Culture, 2011-Vienna, Austria

Escola Panamericana de Arte, Visual Arts, 2004-SãoPaulo- SP- Brazil


2021 1st Online Exhibition of Visual Art Galeria Ibeu -Brasil

2020 Tombamento, occupation of the Itajaí galleries – SC-Brasil

2017 Laços, Galeria Tato, São Paulo, SP – Brazil

2016 Inteam, Savaria Múzeum, Szombathelyi, Hungary

2014 Die Fliege [A Mosca], Showcases of MASP / TRIANON and São Bento Subway stations – SP-Brazil


 2021 Proyecto Ace (Argentina) online artistic residency

2019 W Residencies – Ribeirão Preto – São Paulo- Brazil

2016 D’Clinic Artistic Residence, Zalaegerszeg, Hungary

Contests / prizes:

Award Fernanda Milani Gallery – Polytheama Theater, Jundiaí – SP – 2015

Prize for the occupation of the galleries in Itajaí – SC- Brazil – 2020

Special jury references – 10th. Contemporary Art Salon of Marilia, Galeria M. De Artes, SP- 2014

Public Collections:

A Sombra de Uma Origem (The Shadow of an Origin) , 2008, polyptych, MUnA, University Museum of Uberlândia, MG

Two Aruanas, 2008, Ross Business School, Ann Arbor, MI,