1964 Born Ernesto Saboia de Albuquerque Neto in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, where he now lives and works.
1988 First solo exhibition held at Petite Galerie, Rio de Janeiro.
Produces his first Colônias, groups of sculptures made of polmymide stockings filled with lead spheres.
1990 Awarded the Prêmio Brasília de Artes Plásticas.
1992 Exhibits at the Museu de Arte Moderna de São Paulo.
1994-1997 Studies at Escola de Artes Visuais do Parque Lage and at the Museu de Arte Moderna in Rio de Janeiro.
1995 First solo exhibitions outside Brazil.
Participates in the Gwangju Biennale in South Korea.
1996 Begins to include the element of smell in his sculptures, filling translucent fabrics with colorful aromatic spices.
1997 Begins work on sculptures he calls Naves, structures in flexible transparent fabric that can be touched and penetrated by the public.
Exhibits at Fundação Cultural do Distrito Federal de Brasília.
1998 Exhibits at Museo de Arte Carrillo Gil in Mexico City.
Participates in the 24th São Paulo Biennial and in the 11th Biennale of Sydney.
1999 The Contemporary Arts Museum in Houston, Texas, presents his first solo exhibition in the USA, titled Nhó Nhó Nave.
Participates in the Liverpool Biennia, and in the Carnegie International in Pittsburgh, USA.
2000 Museu de Arte Moderna, Rio de Janeiro, exhibits the project created by the artist for his wedding: O casamento─Lili, Neto, Lito e os loucos.
His works are presented in the UK at the Institute of Contemporary Art, London and at the University of Essex in Colchester; and in the USA at the SITE Contemporary Art Center in Santa Fe, New Mexico and at the Wexner Center for the Arts in Columbus, Ohio.
2001 Represents his country, together with Vik Muniz, at the 49th Venice Biennale, exhibiting two installations in Brazil's national pavilion. His work Ô Bicho! is included in the international group exhibition Plateau of Humankind (Arsenale di Venezia)
Centro Galego de Arte Contemporánea (CGAC) in Santiago de Compostela organizes his first solo exhibition at a Spanish museum: Ernesto Neto, a paisagem do corpo e o corpo da paisagem
Presents A Maximum Minimum Time Space Between Us and the Parsimonious Universe at the Berkeley Art Museum, California, USA, and Humanóides at the Kölnischer Kunstverein, Cologne).
2001-2002 Participates in the travelling exhibition Brazil: Body and Soul, organized by the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York.
2002 His work is exhibited at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, D.C, the Kunsthalle, Basel, the Württembergischer Kunstverein, Stuttgart, and the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney.
2003 The Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), Los Angeles, exhibits Three Religions, No God and the Children (Pacific Design Center).
2004 As part of the international sculpture show Lustwarande 04, the De Pont Museum in Tilburg, Netherlands, presents A Contemporary Woman and the Shadow of the Wind.
2005 Exhibits work at the Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indiana, USA.
2006 Awarded the Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres de Francia for his site-specific installation Léviathan Thot at the Panthéon in Paris. The Malmö Konsthall, Sweden, presents a selection of his work.
2007 Creates an installation for the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego (MCASD) to mark the opening of the museum's new exhibition spaces.
2008 Museo d'Arte Contemporanea di Roma (MACRO) presents his first solo exhibition in Italy.
2009 Creates Anthropodino, filling the 55,000 square-foot Drill Hall of New York’s Park Avenue Armory with structures made of transparent fabric and wood.
The Musée des Beaux-Arts in Nantes, France, presents the piece A culpa Civilizada, a partial recreation of Léviathan Thot.
2010 The Hayward Gallery, Southbank Centre, London, presents The Edges of the World, an exhibition which includes the artist's first outdoor installation.
Dengo is presented at the Museu de Arte Moderna, São Paulo; Intimacy, at the Astrup Fearnley Museet, Oslo, and Dancing Allowed, at the Contemporary Arts Center Cincinnati, Ohio, USA. The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York, installs Navedenga (1998), purchasing the work for its collection.
Participates in the 29th São Paulo Biennial.
2011 Museo de Arte Contemporáneo (MARCO), Monterrey, Mexico, presents the anthological exhibition La lengua de Ernesto. Obras 1987−2011. An important publication accompanies the show.
The Faena Arts Center of Buenos Aires presents the exhibition Hipercultura locura en el vértigo del mundo.
Participates in the 12th Istanbul Biennial.
2012 Creates a site-specific installation at the Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas, featuring a metal sculpture that carries on a dialogue with the architecture of the Renzo Piano-designed gallery.
Life is a body we are part of−A vida é um corpo do qual fazemos parte is installed at Espace Louis Vuitton Tokyo, and O Bicho SusPenso na PaisaGem, at Rio de Janeiro’S Estação Leopoldina.
2013 Exhibits at Palazzo Doria Phamphilj, home of the Brazilian embassy in Rome. Participates in the 30th São Paulo Biennial and in the 11th Sharjah Biennial, United Arab Emirates.