Caio Mahin, born 1991 in Recife, is a Brazilian jewellery artist based in Lisbon, Portugal. He graduated in Design by the Universidade Federal de Pernambuco (Brazil), with a sandwich scholarship at the Rochester Institute of Technology (USA), granted by the Brazilian Government program Science Without Borders, where he was first introduced to contemporary jewellery. After finishing a three year-long specialization in jewellery at ArCo (Portugal), he is presently realizing a menthored independent project, partially financed by Tereza Seabra’s Scholarship for ArCo Students.
The jewellery pieces of the Brazilian jewellery designer Caio Mahin convey both a very personal story and a political message: Caio Mahin’s first experiences with jewellery were very painful: growing up in Brazil, he expressed the wish to have his ears pierced as a 9-year-old boy. So his father threatened to pierce his ears himself with a rusty garden rake. The feminine aura of jewellery became a danger for Caio Mahin, but at the same time represented his deepest need for a form of expression. In his latest work, he explored the origins of this boy who wanted to have his ears pierced and also dealt with the aesthetic construction of gender roles and stereotypes, turning this project into a political topic with a queer perspective. In Pforzheim, he wants to continue and deepen this work.