Not Vital studied in Paris and Rome before moving to New York in 1974. He now lives between Brazil, Chile, China, Niger and Switzerland. Vital’s works are inspired from his various travels and researches of different cultures around the world. Not Vital was part of a disparate group of artists in New York in the 1980s that included Julian Schnabel,Jean-Michel Basquiat and Keith Haring.
"My real studio is in my head. So it's always where I am right now."
Vital researches and processes the traditions of the respective cultures he visits, only to transform them into a general language of forms and symbols which have become characteristic of his sculptures and installations. The viewer is attracted by the tension between organic form and inorganic material in Not Vital's work, giving his works an almost meditative, timeless quality. Vital has exhibited internationally at venues including the Guggenheim Museum, New York; Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York; The Arts Club of Chicago; Ullens Centre of Contemporary Art, Beijing; Museum der Moderne, Salzburg; Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna; and Kunsthalle Bielefeld. In 2001 Vital participated in the 49th Venice Biennale.