Born in Barcelos, in the centre of Amazonas state, Denilson Baniwa is an Indigenous artist from the Baniwa people. He currently lives and works in Niterói in Rio de Janeiro state. As an activist for the rights of indigenous peoples, he has been giving lectures, workshops and courses since 2015, working mainly in the south and southeast regions of Brazil and also in Bahia.
In 2018, he held the exhibition “Terra Brasilis: o agro não é pop!” (Terra Brasilis: agro is not pop!), at the Art Gallery of the Fluminense Federal University (UFF), also in Niterói, as part of the project “Brasil: A Margem” (Brazil: The Margin), produced by the university. In the same year, he participated in the artist residency of the fourth edition of the Corpus Urbis Festival, held in Oiapoque, Amapá. He has been in exhibitions at CCBB, Pinacoteca of São Paulo CCSP, Hélio Oiticica Cultural Center, Museu Afro Brasil, MASP, MAR and the Sydney Biennial. Besides being a visual artist, Denilson is also a publicist, digital culture producer and hacker, who contributes to the construction of indigenous imagery in various media such as magazines, films and tv series. In 2019, he was nominated for the PIPA Prize and won the online category of the prize.