Born and raised in Brazil, Jefferson Kielwagen is a multimedia artist who focuses on performance and social art. Theory plays an important role in his poetics, and his academic background includes both theory and practice of art and design. in Brazil, he studied graphic design and worked in the field for a few years, and then went for MA in History and Theory of Art. After a couple of years teaching in colleges there, he moved to the US in 2011 for a MFA in Sculpture, at Michigan State University, from which he graduated last year. He has recently re-located to Troy, and is happy to be a new addition to RPI's Art Department.