Rocha Pitta's diverse practice is connected to a deep fascination with the subtle transformations of the world around him - the slow erosion and alteration of desert terrain, the descent of a fog and the fluctuations of underwater formations. His installations, videos, and paintings have captured the vibrancy of a living planet by training the viewer's eye on the slow changes of materials, the physical progressions of miniscule particles of a land, and the sudden shifts in the weather.
He was awarded the Marcantonio Vilaça Prize, Brazil (2005) and the Open Your Mind Prize, Switzerland (2009). In 2011, he entered the shortlist of the EFG Bank & ArtNexus Acquisition Award Nomination. In 2014, he participated in the artistic residency program Circulating AiR, organized by Stiftelsen 3,14, Norway.
The artist held solo exhibitions at Museu de Arte da Pampulha, Belo Horizonte, Brazil (2002); Arts Initiative Tokyo, Japan (2008); Meyer Riegger, Karlsruhe, Germany (2009);...Parque Lage, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (2010); Solo Projects, ARCO, Madrid, Spain (2011); Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (2011); Andersen's Contemporary, Copenhagen, Denmark (2012); Santa Maria Incoronata Church, Milan and the Gluck50 Gallery, Milan, Italy (2013), Galeria Millan, São Paulo, Brazil (2013 and 2018); Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York, USA (2017), among others.
Notable group exhibitions include: J'en Rêve at Fondation Cartier pour L'art Contemporain, Paris, France (2005); A Time Frame at PS1-MoMa, New York, USA (2006); Nova Arte Nova at Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (2008); The Travelling Show, Galería Fundación/Colección Jumex, Mexico City, Mexico (2009); the 30th Bienal de São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil and The Garden of Forking Paths Sculpture Project, Migros Museum Für Gegenwartskunst, Zurich, Switzerland (2012); Future Nature, Jack Hanley Gallery, New York, USA (2016); What's Up - The Americas, Whiteley's, London, UK (2017); Time as Landscape: Inquiries of Art and Science, Cornell Fine Arts Museum, Winter Park, USA (2017); Crash test, La Panacée-MoCo, Montpellier, France (2018); Mother Sky, Boesky West, Aspen, USA (2018); Passado/Futuro/Presente, MAM-SP, São Paulo, Brazil (2018); Hugo França & Thiago Rocha Pitta: Tropical Molecule, Boesky West, Aspen, USA (2019); High Line, Channel: Water Lines organized by Melanie Kress, New York, USA (2019) and the 5th and 9th editions of the Mercosul Biennial, Porto Alegre, Brazil (2005 and 2013).