Gian Spina was born in São Paulo (Brazil) and lived, studied and worked besides others in San Diego (USA), Vancouver (Canada), Bordeaux (France), Berlin, Frankfurt (Germany) and Ramallah (Palestine). His work and research are an interdisciplinary combination of different artistic praxis in a chain production, where one gesture leads to another in the construction of narratives. In 2002 he studied photography at the Senac Institut in São Paulo, afterwards film from 2003 to 2005 at the Vancouver Film School with Prof. Roy Hunter, from 2005 to 2006 filmtheory with Prof. Carlos Augusto Calil at the University of São Paulo and from 2007 to 2008 architecture at the Escola da Cidade. In 2010 he moved to Germany, where he studied with Prof. Sigfried Zielinski in the Vilem Flusser Archive at the Berlin University of the Arts and with Prof. Ulrike Gabriel and Prof. Juliane Rebentisch at the Academy of Art and Design in Offenbach am Main (Germany), where he received a scholarship from the Rotary-Club Offenbach am Main in 2011. He has finished his master oriented by the Philosopher Prof. Fabien Vallos at the École des Beaux Arts de Bordeaux.

Today he writes, periodically to the to the World Policy Institute, he works as a guest professor at the Art Academy of Palestine and is part of the FFIPP Human Rights.

He has crossed the Balkans and the Central Asia with a bike, the West Bank and the Himalayas walking and  speaks fluently German, English, Spanish, French and Portuguese

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“Bureau for Public Insecurities”, São Paulo, Brasil

“Tanto Tudo” Centro Cultural São Paulo, São Paulo, Brasil

“Aparelhamento” Funarte, São Paulo, Brasil

“6 graus de separação” Ateliê Fidalga, São Paulo, Brasil

“Renata Padovan em diálogo com Gian Spina” Casanova Arte, São Paulo, Brasil

“Experimenta” Gallery Lume, São Paulo, Brazil

“Exiting Paradise” (solo exhibition), kriegkstr. 12, Frankfurt am Main, Germany

“The birth, the loss and the death of the Shadowman” (video) SSIIEE, Berlin, Germany

“Lux Ferre” (video) Cine-lage Curator: Andre Parente Rio de Janeiro Brazil

“Untitled (Reiteration of Erfahrraum 1)” (Instalation) Cristal Palace – Place du Parlament, Bordeaux, France


„Lightman“ (Video) Conseil Régional d’Aquitaine, Bordeaux, France“Lightman“ (Video) Bestregarts Gallery, Frankfurt, Germany

„The Third Space“ (photo/video) Cortex Gallery , Bordeaux, France (In collaboration with Luisa Fosco)

„Instability“ (installation) European Media Art Festival, Osnabrück, Germany

„minimal eternity“ (scuptures) Sattellit Gallery , Berlin, Curator: Ulrike Gabriel

„Lightmann“ (photo series) Idealist Art catalogue Berlin Curator: Bimal Saha

„Erfahrraum 1“ /  „Erfahrraum 2“ (Installation) Solo exibition, System Gallery , Berlin

Suspended Reality“ (Installation) with the artist Anaisa Franco, in Museum of Image and Sound , São Paulo


2012/13 École des Beaux Arts de Bordeaux, France
2010/12 Academy of Arts in Offenbach am Main, Germany
2006/08 Escola da Cidade , São Paulo, Brazil
2004/05  Vancouver Film School, Canada