Daiara Tukano Brazilian, b. 1982

Daiara Hori Figueroa Sampaio (b. São Paulo, 1982), a traditional Duhigô name, belongs to the Erëmiri Hãusiro Parameri clan of the Yepá Mahsã people, better known as Tukano. She is an artist, independent communicator, indigenous rights activist, and Human Rights researcher.


Daiara's work centers on researching her people's traditions and spirituality, particularly the Hori. In doing so, she dedicates herself to understanding the visions she experiences in her dreams and through collaborative studies with her family. She also closely examines the artwork on traditional objects within her culture. The resulting artworks reference the shared history of transformation among the Tukano people. Through her art, Daiara thoroughly investigates her culture and experiments with different forms and lighting to grasp the profound impact these traditions have on us.


She has a Master’s degree in Human Rights from the Universidade de Brasília and a bachelor’s in Fine Arts from the same institution. She was the coordinator of Rádio Yandê, the first indigenous web-radio in Brazil, from 2005 to 2021. She won the PIPA Prize Online 2021 and the Prince Claus Prize 2022 from the Dutch Prince Claus Fund.


Daiara had the solo exhibition Pamuri Pati: World of Transformation, at the Museu Nacional da República, in Brasília in 2023. She was the invited artist at the 30th Programa de Exposições at the Centro Cultural São Paulo, SP, in 2020, when she executed the project Pamuri Yukese


Select group exhibitions: Dear Earth, Hayward Gallery, London, UK (2023), Brasil Futuro: as formas da democracia, Museu Nacional da República, Brasília, Brazil, (2023); Histórias Brasileiras, Masp, São Paulo, Brazil (2022); Contramemória, Theatro Municipal de São Paulo, Brazil and Brasilidade pós-modernismo, Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil, Brazil; In 2021 she participated in the show Kaa Body – Cosmovision of the rainforest, at Paradise Row, London, UK; 34th Bienal de São Paulo – Though It’s Dark, Still I Sing, São Paulo, SP and Moquém Surari – Arte Indígena Contemporânea, Museu de Arte Moderna de São Paulo – MAM, São Paulo, Brazil; as well as Véxoa: nós sabemos, Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil, 2020; Reantropofagia, at the Centro Cultural of the Universidade Federal Fluminense, Niterói, Brazil, 2019; Lettre au Vieux Monde, Mottattom, Geneva, Switzerland, 2019; Transmakunaima: o buraco é mais embaixo, Memorial dos Povos Indígenas, Brasília, Brazil, 2018; Armadilhas indígenas, Memorial dos Povos Indígenas, Brasília, Brazil, 2016. In 2022, Daiara Tukano curated Nhe’é Porã, at the Museu da Língua Portuguesa, in São Paulo an exhibition on the indigenous languages in Brazil.