Marco Tulio Resende was born in 1950 in Belo Horizonte in the State of Minas Gerais, where he still lives and works.
He graduated in Fine Arts in 1974 from the Guignard School of the University of Minas Gerais (UEMG) where he studied under the supervision of several artists such as Amilcar de Castro, Sara Ávila and Lotus Lobo. During his student years at Guignard, he participated in the 3rd National Art Salon of the Pampulha Art Museum, and won in 1971 an award at the Salon of the Young Men's Christian Association in Belo Horizonte. As a college student, he also participated in the following years in the 4th and 6th National Student Art Salon of UFMG (Federal University of Minas Gerais), held in Belo Horizonte. In 1973, he took part in the 12th International Biennial of São Paulo, and was awarded a prize at the 5th Summer Salon sponsored by the newspaper Jornal do Brasil at MAM (Museum of Modern Art) of Rio de Janeiro. In 1975, he participated in the group exhibition New Trends organized at the Paço das Artes in São Paulo, and held his first solo exhibition at the Gallery of the Cultural Institute Brazil - United States (ICBEU) in Belo Horizonte, in which he showed a series of drawings.
He completed his Master’s course at the Art Institute of Chicago, for which he received a scholarship from the Fulbright Commission (1975-1979). In Chicago, he had the opportunity to know Professor Robert J. Loescher, a specialist in Iberian and Latin American Art who played an important role in his academic development. As his Master’s adviser, Professor Loescher helped the artist not only to better understand the dimension of contemporary art but also to deepen his insight into his roots and culture in the context of Brazilian art. Marco Tulio developed reflections on his work and created a series of drawings entitled Tordesillas as an attempt to integrate art theory into artistic practice.
During these years, he received the Drawing Prize at the 9th National Art Salon of Belo Horizonte (1977) and an Honorable Mention from the Fellowship Program of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, USA (1978). After returning to Belo Horizonte in 1979, he held two solo exhibitions: the first at the ICBEU Gallery, in which he showed the Tordesillas series, and the second at the Public Library Gallery, in which he displayed experimental art work with photographic interventions.
The 1980s were marked by Marco Tulio’s encounter with his generation and his participation in several group exhibitions with such artists as Marcos Benjamim, Fernando Lucchesi and Humberto Guimarães. In 1980, he participated in the group exhibition News from the Earth, in which he presented a new phase of his artwork related to urban-oriented objects. The exhibition was curated by the artist and art critic Márcio Sampaio, Director of Visual Arts at the Clovis Salgado Foundation and a catalyst for bringing together young artists from Belo Horizonte.
In the same year, he was included in an exhibition at the National Salon of Rio de Janeiro, and received the First Prize at the 12th National Art Salon of Belo Horizonte with a series of drawings and objects entitled Urbanália which revealed the ritualization of urban precariousness. This series set the tone of his poetry.
In 1981, he took part in a group exhibition at the Cultural Center in Brasília, and had his work exhibited in the National Salon of Rio de Janeiro. Also in 1981, he was awarded the Drawing Prize at the 3rd Brazilian Drawing Show in Curitiba.
In 1982, he held two solo exhibitions: one at Funarte’s Macunaíma Gallery in Rio de Janeiro, and the other at the Grande Galeria do Palácio das Artes in Belo Horizonte, in which he showed paintings and objects of the expanded Urbanália series. In the same year, he was guest artist at the 5th Northwest Visual Art Salon in Penápolis/SP, and participated in the 14th National Art Salon of Belo Horizonte.
In 1983, he was invited to participate both in the Global Art (VideoExpo), held at the Clovis Salgado Foundation and sponsored by Rede Globo Television, as well as in the group show 6 Artists From Brazil, an exhibition with artists/professors from the Guignard School held at the Dixon Gallery of the Institute of Education at the University of London, England. In 1984, he participated in the group exhibitions Ten Artists from Minas at the Museum of Contemporary Art of São Paulo, curated by Márcio Sampaio, and in the 6th Brazilian Drawing Show in Curitiba. In the same year, he was awarded the Prize for Painting at the Salon of Art sponsored by the State Council for Culture of Minas Gerais, and also held a solo exhibition at the Institute of Architects of Brazil in Belo Horizonte, in which he presented paintings in large formats.
From 1985 to 1987, he participated in the following significant group exhibitions: Old Mania, organized by Marcus Lontra at the Parque Lage in Rio de Janeiro (1985); 08 or 80 at the Fluminense University in Niterói (1985); Brazil/Painting/Today at the Oscar Seraphico Gallery in Brasilia-DF (1986/87), and Panorama of Brazilian Painting at the Museum of Modern Art of São Paulo (1986).
In 1986, he held several solo exhibitions in Belo Horizonte. At the Gesto Gráfico Gallery, he presented a new series with his first cutouts oscillating between painting and object. A second solo exhibition took place at the Sala Corpo e Exposição, and a third one at the Itaú Art Gallery, in which he showed the series Diaries linked to records resulting from his research and experiences.
For his Diaries, he was awarded the Acquisition Prize at the 17th National Art Salon of Belo Horizonte (1987) and the Trip to Brazil Prize at the Funarte National Salon in Rio de Janeiro (1988). He also participated in the 5th Paulista Art Salon (1987) and in the group exhibition A Mirror in the Dark, an exhibition project awarded by FIAT Automobiles.
In 1988, he held solo exhibitions at the Anna Maria Niemeyer Gallery, at the Cândido Mendes Cultural Center - both in Rio de Janeiro, and at the Manoel Macedo Art Gallery in Belo Horizonte.
In 1989, he takes part in the following important group exhibitions: Banners of Freedom, a traveling exhibition throughout France organized by the Alliance Française in honor of the Bicentennial of the French Revolution; Each Head a Sentence, a traveling show throughout Brazil coordinated by José Alberto Pinho Neves and Arlindo Daibert; Minas in General Lines, held at the Art Museum of Olinda/PE; and Six Brazilian Artists, an exhibition held at the Raue Gallery in Bonn, Germany, with the participation of Karen Lambrecht and Marco Gianotti.
Marco Tulio begins the year of 1990 with a solo exhibition at the Corpo Gallery in Belo Horizonte, and the group exhibition From Shape to Shape (News from the Earth 10 Years Later) at the Clovis Salgado Foundation in Belo Horizonte, curated by José Alberto Nemer. Here he presented the result of ten years of research and experimentation with paintings and large-format cutouts. Also in 1990, he received a scholarship from the Goethe Institut to study in Germany, where he participated in the group exhibition Aspects of Latin American Art, held at the Ruta Correa Gallery in Freiburg.
In 1991, he was included in the group exhibition Abstrakt at the Rute Correa Gallery in Freiburg and in the “BR 80” exhibition project, which consisted of workshops and shows focused on Brazilian painting in the 1980s. Organized by the Itaú Cultural Institute and curated by Frederico Morais and Márcio Sampaio, the project included the participation of several Brazilian artists
In the 1990s, he consolidated his artistic career by participating in several solo exhibitions at the following galleries Manoel Macedo Gallery in Belo Horizonte (1991); Gallery of the Federal University of Espírito Santo in Vitória (1992); Anna Maria Niemeyer Gallery in Rio de Janeiro (1993); Kolams Gallery in Belo Horizonte (1993/99); Marília Razuk Gallery in São Paulo (1993/99); Ruta Correa Gallery in Freiburg (1996); Corpo Gallery in Belo Horizonte (1997), and Referência Gallery in Brasilia (1998).
He also took part in the following group exhibitions: Mining, held at the LR Escritório de Arte in São Paulo (1995); as an invited artist in the exhibition project Imaginary Facades, held in Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo, and curated by Fhilippe Mouillon, with the participation of 100 international artists (1996); Soapstone, organized by the Kolams Gallery in Belo Horizonte (1997); The Making of Contemporary Art, held at the Pampulha Art Museum, and curated by Marilia Andrés Ribeiro, in celebration of the 100th anniversary of Belo Horizonte (1997); Land and Sea in Sight, curated by Agnaldo Farias, and fostered by the project "Travels of the Itaú Cultural Institute" in São Paulo (1998); Art in Movement, an exhibition project held at SESC Pompeia in São Paulo, and curated also by Agnaldo Farias, with the participation of Nelson Leiner, Iole de Freitas, Paulo Pasta, Carlos Fajardo and Gil Vicente (1998); an exhibition celebrating the 10th anniversary of the UFMG Cultural Center, coordinated by Fernando Pedro and Marilia Andrés (1999), and the exhibition Objects, held at the Marília Razuk Gallery in São Paulo (1999).
In 1996 and 1997, he took part in the Visiting Artist Program of the UFMG School of Fine Arts, in which he shared the workshop with Humberto Guimarães and Orlando Castaño.
In 1998, he was invited by the Sheffield Hallam University to participate as a guest artist in the exchange program between the Guignard Art School and the English University, which was sponsored by the British Council.
Between these years, Marco Tulio had important group exhibitions at the following galleries: Gallery 57 in Leiria, Portugal (2000); Dialogue, at the Light Cultural Center in Rio de Janeiro (2001), an exhibition together with the artist Manfredo Souzanetto; Manoel Macedo Gallery in Belo Horizonte (2001); Dialogues, Touching Amilcar at Santander Cultural in Porto Alegre (2002), curated by the art critic Tadeu Chiarelli, and an exhibition at the Marília Razuk Gallery in São Paulo (2003). He also participated in 2013 in the “Faxinal Art Residence” project in Paraná. In 2005, he was invited to participate in the exhibition Brésil, l'Héritage Africain at the Musée Dapper in Paris, France, as part of a Brazil-France project. In 2006, he took part in the exhibition Muriliana: Murilo Rubião 90 at the Clovis Salgado Foundation and in the exhibition Pictorial, both in Belo Horizonte. . In 2007, his work was included in the exhibition 80 09 Moderns Post-moderns Etc. at the Tomie Ohtake Institute in São Paulo, and in the exhibition Several Impressions at the Clovis Salgado Foundation, coordinated by the engraver and artist Thaïs Helt. Solo exhibitions in this period: Etcoetera, at the CEMIG Art Gallery in Belo Horizonte/MG (2008); Ecce Homo, at the Nello Nuno Art Gallery in Ouro Preto/MG (2010); Ex-Libris at the Livrobjeto Gallery in Belo Horizonte/MG (2011), as well as solo exhibitions at the ArteBA Fair in Buenos Aires, Argentina and at the Lemos de Sá Gallery (2011). In 2012, he participated in the exhibition Books of Artists at the LivroBjeto Gallery in Belo Horizonte, and was invited by the Assembleia/MG TV Channel to make a presentation about his artistic career which was broadcast in the program Memory and Power.
In 2015, he participated in the Vale Museum (Vila Velha/ES) of the CÓDICE exibition, which brought together works by Amilcar de Castro (in memoriam), Marco Tulio Resende and Thaïs Helt. In 2016, he held the AXIS solo exhibition, in the city of Belo Horizonte/MG and in 2018 at the SESIMINAS Cultural Center in the city of Ouro Preto/MG, exhibitions that had a visiting audience of 320,000 people, as well as several educational actions.
He also participated in 2016 in the group exhibitions Útero do Mundo - MAM - Museu de Arte Moderna de São Paulo - SP and Cantata - Centro Cultural Minas Tênis Clube - BH/MG. The Exhibition Desconstrução do Esquecimento - Cultural Center UFMG - BH /MG, and the exhibition “Sobre O Que Se Desenha” - Pampulha Art Museum - BH /MG, both exhibiting the works of artists belonging to the permanent collection of these institutions. In 2019, the individual exhibition OLHO NU, at Centro Cultural UFMG - Belo Horizonte/MG, which presented an overview of the artist's 50 years of work.