Alexander Pilis

Montreal and São Paulo, Canada and Brazil


“ If you can’t find it, invent it: architecture is a theatre. ” Alexander Pilis was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and currently lives and works in Montreal and São Paulo. Pilis is a dedisciplined architectural investigator, artist, curator and professor working under the aegis of Architecture Parallax – a methodology that displaces sight as the singular verification of reality. Moreover, Pilis instigates a multi-media project exploring issues and questions raised by his work The Blind Architect: Visual Crisis as a critique of the modernization of vision and the collapse of the depth of field. He has produced catalogues and books which have been published in Brazil, Canada, Germany and the United Kingdom.

Pilis has participated in various solo and group exhibitions, delivered lectures and organized-constructed exhibitions, workshops and symposiums in various museums, architecture and art schools in Canada, Brazil, Uruguay, Germany, USA, Hungary, Italy, Spain and the UK.

His works have been exhibited at the Power Plant and Koffler Gallery (Toronto), Museu de Arte Contemporânea de São Paulo and Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo (São Paulo), Tàpies Foundation and La Caixa (Barcelona), The Modern Tate (London), Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen IFA (Stuttgart), Museo del Chopo (Mexico), Winnipeg Art Gallery (Winnipeg), Western Front Gallery (Vancouver), São Paulo Bienal (1987, 2002 and 2004) and Joyce Yahouda Gallery (Montreal). Pilis is represented by Galéria Virgílio in São Paulo, Brazil.

Curator : Joyce Yahouda


Architecture Parallax : Vision of Difference, Difference of Vision


Observatoire Place Ville Marie

Artist's artworks and activities

Architecture Parallax : Vision of Difference, Difference of Vision