Clarissa Tossin (b. 1973, Porto Alegre, Brazil; lives and works in Los Angeles) combines sculpture, video, performance, and photography to consider ecologies of material culture production, investigating cultural hybridity and the persistence of difference. She received an MFA from California Institute of the Arts in 2009 and BFA at Fundação Armando Álvares Penteado, São Paulo in 2000. Tossin has held solo exhibitions at La Kunsthalle Mulhouse, France (2021); 18th Street Arts Center, Santa Monica (2019); Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Studies, Harvard, MA (2018); Galeria Luisa Strina, São Paulo, Brazil (2018); Blanton Museum of Art, Austin (2018); JOAN, Los Angeles (2016); Galeria Baobá, Fundação Joaquim Nabuco, Recife, Brazil (2015); Artpace San Antonio ( 2013); Sicardi Gallery, Houston (2013); and Centre 3, Hamilton, Canada (2013). Selected group exhibitions include Another Space, New York (2020); MASS MoCA, North Adams, MA (2020); Samdani Art Foundation, Dhaka, Bangladesh (2020); Luhring Augustine, New York (2019); Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard, MA (2018); Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (2018); 12th Gwangju Biennale, Gwangju, South Korea (2018); Kunsthalle Mulhouse, Mulhouse, France (2018); Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery (2017); Fabra i Coats Centre D'Art Contemporani, Barcelona, Spain (2015); Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (2014). Tossin is the recipient of the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts Grant to Individuals (2020); Foundation for Contemporary Arts Visual Arts Grant (2019), Fellows of Contemporary Art Fellowship (2019), Artadia Los Angeles Award (2018), the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study Fellowship at Harvard University (2018), the California Community Foundation’s Emerging Artist Fellowship (2014), the Center for Cultural Innovation’s Artistic Innovation Grant (2012), and the Core Program Fellowship at the Museum of Fine Art, Houston (2010-12).
Tossin's work is in the collections of Casa Niemeyer, Universidade de Brasília, Brazil; Fundação Inhotim, Brazil; Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, MA; KADIST, San Francisco; Los Angeles County Museum of Art, CA; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX; New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans; Smith College Museum of Art; and Whitney Museum of American Art, New York