Marcia Vaitsman, born in Brazil, has a degree in media studies with specialization in radio and TV from the Universidade de São Paulo. She was a student at the University of Vienna, Austria, in the Media Institute and Germanistic Institute. Marcia has a post graduation degree in Audiovisual Art from the prestigious Academy of Media Arts – KHM (Kunsthochschule fuer Medien), Cologne, Germany. From 2000 to 2007, Marcia worked as a member of the artistic team and teaching staff at KHM.
Marcia has received several acknowledgements such as the Idea Capital Travel Grant, Atlanta and the Prize “Mostra de Artistas no Exterior” from the Biennial of Sao Paulo Foundation. She also received project grants from FUNARTE, Brazil; from UNESCO-Aschberg, France/Finland and twice from Prince Claus Fund, The Netherlands. She was granted a six-month artist in residence at IAMAS (Institute of Advanced Media Art and Science), Japan and honorable mention, Video Art Prize, Bremen Filmbüro, Germany. In 2003 Marcia was the winner of “Projeto Cria de Casa”, photography competition at Espaço OPHICINA, São Paulo, Brazil; and in 2001 EMMA (Electronic Multimedia Award) winner, London, UK. Marcia’s work has been nominated and invited to several video art festivals around the world.
Marcia has a final degree in photography from SCAD, Atlanta, from whom she received the Frances Larkin McCommon fellowship for two years. She is currently finishing her PhD thesis in Contemporary Art at University of Coimbra, Portugal. She lives in the USA, keeping her residence in São Paulo, Brazil.