Tereza de Arruda is an art historian working as a freelance curator. She studied art history in Berlin where she lives since 1989. She was born in 1965 in São Paulo, Brazil.

2017: Jin Lie, What is past, is still present, Museum of Contemporary Art Chengdu, Chengdu; Sigmar Polke, Die Editionen, me collectors Room Berlin; César Meneghetti, O Percurso Ausente, MUBA, São Paulo; 2016: In your heart | In your city, Køs Denmark; Clemens Krauss, Little Emperors, MOCA - Museum of Contemporary Art Chengdu; Kuba Libre, Kunsthalle Rostock; 2015: Bill Viola, Three Women, International Biennial of Curitiba; Veronika Kellndorfer, cinematic Framing, Casa de Vidro, São Paulo; Chiharu Shiota, Searching for Destination, SESC Pinheiros, São Paulo; InterAktion – Brasilienin Sacrow, Castelo Sacrow/Potsdam; 2014: A Arte que Permanece: Acervo Chagas Freitas, Museu dos Correios in Brasília and Centro Cultural Correios Rio de Janeiro; ChinaArte Brasil, Oca Museu da Cidade, São Paulo; Wang Qingsong: Follow me! Køs Museum for Kunst, Copenhaguen; Nina Fischer/ Maroan el Sani The Memory of Concrete, Museu de Arte Moderna Recife; 2013: Exemplos a seguir! Expedições em Estética e Sustentabilidad, Memorial da América Latina São Paulo, Isabelle Borges Arrow of Time, Museu Brasileiro da Escultura, Curator´s Choice, Pippy Houldsworth Gallery London; 2011/2012 Maix Mayer Raumpatrouille, Museu Brasileiro da Escultura, Sigmar Polke – Realismo Capitalista e outras histórias ilustradas, Museu de Arte de São Paulo; INDIA SIDE BY SIDE, Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil no Rio de Janeiro, SESC Belenzinho and Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil in Brasília between October 2011 and July 2012; Clemens Krauss: CLEMENS, Museu de Arte Moderna de Recife MAMAM no Pátio between February and April 2012; Maix Mayer: RAUMPATROILLE MUBE, Museu Brasileiro da Escultura between December 2011 and January 2012; Sigmar Polke: Realism Capitalist and other Illustrated Histories Museu de Arte de São Paulo between October 2011 and January 2012; Wang Chengyun, Today Art Museum Peking, 2010; José De Quadros sobreVIVER SESC Pompéia between October and November 2010; If not in this period of time: Contemporary German Paintings 1989-2010, Museu de Arte de São Paulo between October 2010 and January 2011, Yang Shaobin: First Steps-Last Words at Museu de Arte de São Paulo, co-curated 5º Vento Sul Biennial in Curitiba, Brazil; Rosilene Luduvico: The Nameless Place at Museu Bale do Rio Doce in Vila Velha, Brazil; The Big World: Recent Art from China at the Chicago Cultural Center with Gregory Knight, Asian Participation at the Havana Biennial. In 2008 she curated China: Construção/Desconstrução at the Museu de Arte de São Paulo; Clemens Krauss - Aufwand/Display and Takafumi Hara – Signs of Memory at Mostra SESC in Sao Paulo; Alex Flemming – In Memorian Galileo Galilei at St. Johannes Kirche in Berlin and at Museu de Arte Moderna do Rio de Janeiro; Clemens Krauss - Aufwand/Display at Museu de Arte Moderna do Rio de Janeiro. In January 2008 she curated the exhibition Tatsumi Orimoto – Retrospective at the Museu de Arte de São Paulo as part of the Celebration of the Centenary of the Japanese Immigration to Brazil. She also curated ASIANART – Asian Art in Berlin Mitte in September 2007 in context of Asian-Pacific-Weeks, a series of four exhibitions in different galleries and institutions simultaneously. In the same context she co-curated the exhibition INK – In Neuen Kontext with Carson Chan and Shaheen Merali presenting emerging Asian artists based in Berlin. In 2006 she curated Brasil Berlin a show presenting contemporary Brasilian art in six galleries in Berlin Mitte as part of the “Copa da Cultura”. In this context she also coordinated the exhibition "The image of Sound" in the Saint Elisabeth church, as well as the exhibition "Interventions", all of them in partnership with the Haus der Kulturen der Welt in Berlin. In the same year she curated the exhibition "Transterritorial Generation" in Paço das Artes- São Paulo in partnership with the art college for medias in Cologne, the exhibition "Interconnect@ between attention and immersion" in the ZKM - Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie Karlsruhe, and the participation of Ottjörg A.C. and Cameron Rudd at the Havana Biennial. In 2005 and 2006 she co-curated the international performance program "Verbo" in the Galeria Vermelho, São Paulo. In 2005 she curated the exhibition "Flying Carpets" of Alex Flemming in the Chicago Cultural Centre, "Stockage" of Luzia Simons as a part of the Istanbul Biennial, as well as the program "Listening Out" together with Johann Nowak as a part of the Transmediale. In 2004 she coordinated the official Greek contribution of Harris Kondosphyris, on the São Paulo Biennial. In 2003 she curated "Curator's Choice" on the Art Frankfurt and in 2002 she undertook the coordination of the contribution of Cildo Meireles on the Documenta 11.

She has been developing various projects with the following international partners:

In Germany:
Documenta11, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Art Frankfurt, Auswärtiges Amt, Art Forum Berlin, Goethe Institut – Inter Nationes, Kunstwerke, Schering Foundation, Artiade 2004, Norwegian Embassy, Kunsthalle Berlin, Künstlerhof Lietzen, Kunsthaus Schuster, Kunsthaus Raskolnikow,  Freie Kunstschule Berlin, Karl Hofer Gesellschaft, Heinrich Böll Stiftung, IFA Galerie, Brazilian Embassy, Brazilian Culture Institut in Germany, Galerie Barsikow, Latein Amerika Forum, Deutsche Brasilianische Gesellschaft, Ludwig Forum Aachen, Künstlerhaus Dortmund, Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Galerie Drei-Dresden, Galerie Blickensdorf-Berlin, Galerie Jaspers-München, Galerie in Turm-Berlin, Galerie Forum Berlin am Meer, Galerie Blickensdorf-Berlin, Galerie DNA, Berlin, Galerie weisser elefant Berlin, and others.

In Brasil:
Goethe Institut, British Council, Paço das Artes, Instituto Sérgio Motta, Instituto Cultural Itaú, Museu Brasileiro da Escultura-SP, Museu de Arte Contemporânea-Olinda, Museu de Arte Sacra-Belém, Ecco-Brasília, Espaço anexo-SP, Galeria Vermelho – SP, Galeria Valu Ória-SP, Galeria Léo Bahia-Belo Horizonte, Escritório de Arte Rosa Barbosa-SP, Galeria do Sesc Paulista, Centro de Artes Visuais Tambiá-PB, Centro Cultural São Francisco-PB, Projeto de Intervenção Urbana Arte Cidade, Projeto de Intercâmbio Cultural Linha imaginária, Festival de Inverno de Diamantina, Universidade Federal de Uberlândia, Universidade Federal de Vitória, Universidade Mackenzie.

In Great Britain:
British Council, Welsh Art International, Art and Business, Visiting Artists, TactileBosch, Studio Cardiff, Chapter Cardiff, Bayart Gallery Cardiff and others.

In Norway:
Office of Contemporary Art, Galerie Uffizzi, Baerum Commune.

In Cuba:
Centro Wifredo Lam, Casa de las Americas, Galeria Guayasamin, Taller de Grabado, Universidad de San Alejandro.

She has conducted research on the international art scene and developments in Beijing, Seoul, Gwangju, Mexiko, Miami, New York, Chicago,  Athen, London, Bristol, Cardiff, Oxford, Amsterdam, Milan, Rome, Lisboa. She attended considerable international exhibitions like Biennals in Venice, Havanna, Istanbul, Liverpool, São Paulo, Porto Alegre, Gwangju as a representative of the international press. She has also implemented researches in the commercial domain with continuous attendances on art fairs like Arco in Madrid, Miami/Basel in Miami, Art Basel, Artforum Berlin, Artcologne, ArtFrankfurt, Frieze in London, and others.

As an art critic she has written different articles for catalogues, as well as for specialized press. At the moment she works as a co-author on the art encyclopaedia "Deutsches Allgemeines Künstlerlexikon".