1986, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Currently lives in São Paulo.

Yan Copelli’s investigations unfold in a cross-disciplinary manner. Whether traditional or digital media are used, his works open a field ontological speculations of objects, exchanging shapes among themselves, common uses and significations in which utilitarian or decorative artifacts have in relation to the bodies they adorn. Generally, hybridity, torsions and the recurrence of specific colors and themes are aspects that draw reflections on identity constructs, as well assignifiers of taste.

We may identify his poetics, for example, with the metonymies attributing body parts to parts ofobjects – feet, hands, head, neck. It is according to this sort of semantic dislocation that Yan gives life to his work, a particularly performative and extravagant life, full of poses and tricks. Hisworks, including paintings, claim a body-like condition for themselves.

Felipe Molitor


BA - Industrial design (Graphic Design department)  at University Center of the City of Rio de Janeiro (UniverCidade), Rio de Janeiro, Brazil


“Sapateado” - Duo Exhibition with Allan Gandhi, Acervo - São Paulo, Brazil

“Baba na fronha” (curated by Ricardo Sardenberg), Projeto Vênus - São Paulo, Brazil

How I Feel (curated by Mama Like) - Duo Exhibition with Ivana De Vivanco, 208 Bowery - New York, United States

A forma das Coisas, Espaço.CC - São Paulo, Brasil



Entrepanos (curated by Ricardo Ribenboim e Rachel Vallego), Casa Fiat de Cultura - Belo Horizonte, Brazil

Entranha estranha (curated by Guilherme Teixeira), Espaço mini lounge - São Paulo, Brazil

Visions of paradise (curated by Ricardo Sardenberg), The Boiler Room project - Galeria Jaqueline Martins - Brussels, Belgium

Apocalypse now: são tantos apocalipses  (curated by Rafael Bqueer e Ricardo Sardenberg ), Projeto Vênus - São Paulo, Brazil

A Máquina Lírica (curated by Pollyana Quintella), Luisa Strina Gallery - São Paulo, Brazil

Chat Cube (curated by Rudá Cabral), Homeostasis ( - online exhibition

Aragem, Anita Schwarts Gallery - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Futuração (curated by Lucas Albuquerque) , Aymoré Gallery - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Monster High group show (online exhibition) - São Paulo, Brazil

Ao ar, livre (online exhibition curated by Tiago de Abreu Pinto) - Brazil

Nine out of ten (curated by Ricardo Sardenberg), Projeto Vênus - São Paulo, Brazil

Fog Machine (online exhibition), part of the University of the Underground research program - Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Art in Isolation, North Dakota Museum of Art - North Dakota, US

ainda mt nada (online exhibition) - Brazil

Ressetar (curated by Duilio Ferronato), Diversity Museum - São Paulo, Brazil

Abre Alas (curated by Keyna Eleison, Pablo de La Barra e Yhuri Cruz ), A Gentil carioca - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Mini e uma noite (curated by Claudio Savaget), Copanzinho - São Paulo, Brazil

Reality show - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

A menina mais feia da turma, Ateliê 397 - São Paulo, Brazil

Antes Tarde Duke Nukem, Deactivated Hospital - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Parabéns (curated by Guilherme Teixeira), Tingua building mezzanine - São Paulo, Brazil

FESTIVAU DE C4NN3$ - sem anos de história, Lona gallery - São Paulo, Brazil

Abraço coletivo (curated by Paula Borghi), Ateliê397 - São Paulo, Brazil

Programa de Exposições TRETA, Ateliê397 - São Paulo, Brazil

A Casa Da Galerista (curated by Maria Monteiro) , Copan - São Paulo, Brazil  

Corpo além do corpo (curated by Carollina Lauriano) , Ponder - São Paulo, Brazil

The Others (curated by Tokio galeria), Brasil Perú Cultural Center - Lima, Peru

No Borders, Miscelanea Bcn - Barcelona, Spain

Salad days, Young Space winter online exhibition (curated by Kate Mothes)

Conversão (curated by Carlos Issa e Ana Helena Tokutake), Sé gallery - São Paulo, Brazil

Altplana (curated by Bia Bittencourt), Elevado - São Paulo, Brazil

Laço, Paço das Artes - São Paulo, Brazil

Tattoo the Girl, Mutuo Centro de Arte - Barcelona, Spain

Ofício Coletivo, Public Archive of the State of Rio Grande do Sul - Porto Alegre, Brazil

Parede 2010, International Poster Art Festival, Federal Justice Cultural Center -

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Mental Mazes (curated by Ryan de la Hoz), Double Punch gallery, San Francisco - CA, US


Olhão web residency program / June

University of The Underground - research bureau “If I can’t dance I don’t want to be part of your revolution - Amsterdam - Tbilisi / April - June


ArtMaze Mag issue 22

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Friend Zone, Published by Blood of the young

FAQ Magazine #9

Revista Saladah #1, #2, #3 , Published by Grupo Sal