About Raquel Arnaud

Raquel Arnaud’s trajectory as a gallerist happened simultaneously with the diversification and professionalization of art in the country – institutionally and commercially – gaining relevance as artistic production became increasingly regular and consistent.

Rodrigo Naves

Raquel Arnaud’s first experiences in the art world were in the late 1960’s, when she became acquainted with important artists such as Lasar Segall and Pietro Maria Bardi. She worked from 1968 to 1971 with professor Bardi at the Museum of Art of São Paulo (MASP), in its headquarters on Paulista Avenue. She worked from 1968 to 1971 with professor Bardi in the beginning stages of the new headquarters of the Museum of Art of São Paulo (MASP) at Avenida Paulista.

In 1973, Raquel Arnaud opened her first gallery, namely the “Gabinete de Artes Gráficas”, where she remained until 1979. At that same time she received an invitation from the television channel “Rede Globo de Televisão”, to direct the Galeria Arte Global (Global Art Gallery), where she was able to establish a closer relationship with artists such as Iole de Freitas, Anna Maria Maiolino, Lygia Pape, Roberto Magalhães, Carlos Vergara, among others. In six years at “Arte Global”, she organized around100 exhibitions.

In 1980, with the creation of the “Gabinete de Arte” (Art Cabinet), focused on one of the most significant art segments of the XX Century – geometrical abstraction – Raquel was surrounded by artists/partners/friends such as Sergio Camargo, Lygia Clark, Amilcar de Castro, Mira Schendel, Arthur Luiz Piza, Waltercio Caldas, Tunga, José Resende, Nuno Ramos and Hércules Barsotti. This particular group of artists fueled the growth of “Gabinete de Arte”, whose catalogues, invitations and publications (produced by designers and great artists such as Fernando Lemos, Willys de Castro e Waltercio Caldas) have become a trademark of Raquel Arnaud’s work.

In 2011, with the change of address and name from “Gabinete de Arte Raquel Arnaud” to “Galeria Raquel Arnaud”, Raquel entered a new stage, both professional and personal, that would allow for a greater approximation to the public and clients, as well as exploring new supports. Nonetheless, Raquel’s personal contact with the artists that she represents – the affinity which starts with an enchantment for their art work and develops into friendship and complicity established throughout our lasting partnerships – will always remain as one of her greatest distinctions.

Raquel Arnaud