Cildo Meireles (born 1948 in Rio de Janeiro, where he lives and works) is a conceptuel
artist, installation artist, and sculptor. His works, often large and dense, encourage the viewer's interaction. In 1970 he developed “Insertions Into Ideological Circuits”, a political art
project which aimed to reach a wide audience while avoiding censorship. He was one of the founders of the Experimental Unit of the Museu de Arte Moderna in Rio de Janeiro in 1969, and in 1975 he edited the art magazine Malasartes
. In 2008 he won the Velázquez Visual Arts Prize, presented by the Ministry of Culture of Spain.