Márcio Vilela was born in 1978, Recife, Brazil.
He has a degree in photography from the Escola Superior de Tecnologia de Tomar and a master's degree from the European Master of Fine Art Photography at IED Madrid.
In 2008 he was one of seven artists selected for the Anteciparte award. In 2010 he developed a two-year residency at Carpe Diem-Arte e Pesquisa, which resulted in the solo exhibition Mono, in 2012. That same year he was selected for the Abre Alas 8 award, promoted by the gallery A Gentil Carioca, in Rio de Janeiro.
Also in 2012 he participated in an artist residency on the island of São Miguel, Azores, invited by Galeria Fonseca Macedo. This residency resulted, in 2014, in the exhibition Azores, with the launch of an artist's book with the same name.
In 2014, he was invited by the Museu de Arte Moderna Aloísio Magalhães to hold an artist residency in the city of Recife, with the intention of developing a new work on landscape and color study.
In 2015, he was one of the artists invited to the Creative Residencies of Pico do Refúgio, in São Miguel.
In 2018, he is one of the artists invited to participate in the series Um Artista, of Canal Arte1 Brasil. Also in 2018, he presents the project Chromatic Study for Blue at the National Museum of Brasilia.
In 2019 he presents the exhibition Satellites at the National Museum of Contemporary Art in Chiado, Lisbon, Portugal.
Since 2007, he holds a teaching position in the field of photography.
Márcio Vilela's works are represented at the National Museum of Contemporary Art of Chiado - MNAC, National Museum of Brasilia, Museum of Modern Art Aloísio Magalhães, António Cachola Collection and in several private collections.
Márcio Vilela lives and works in Lisbon.