Cao Guimarães is a filmmaker and visual artist. His works combine the idea of cinematographic time and the notion of contemplation, common to the visual arts, with special attention to the prosaic beauty and vital energy of brief instants of everyday life. Guimarães graduated in philosophy from the Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG) and journalism from the Pontifical Catholic University of Minas Gerais (PUC-MG). Since the late 1980s, he has been showing his output in prestigious institutions such as the Tate Modern, in London, and the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), in New York. His pieces feature in collections of the likes of Fondation Cartier Pour l’Art Contemporain, Paris; the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; the São Paulo Museum of Modern Art (MAM); and Instituto Inhotim, Brumadinho, Brazil. In 2013, Guimarães held the exhibition Ver é uma Fábula, at the Itaú Cultural institute, in São Paulo, encompassing over a decade of his artistic production. His films have featured in many festivals, such as the Locarno International Film Festival (2004, 2006 e 2008); the Sundance Film Festival (2007); the Cannes Film Festival (2005); and the São Paulo International Film Festival (2004 and 2006). He lives and works in Belo Horizonte.