Paulo Canilhas

1969, Almada.

Advanced Course in Visual Arts, AR.CO – Center of Art and Visual Communication.

Attended several courses related to visual arts.

Worked one year in an Artistic Residence in the studio of the sculptor António Júlio and, later, one year as Curator’s Assistant in a gallery of Lisbon.

His practice primarily focuses on painting and installations. Drawing and sculpture with aluminum – the preferred material for working in three dimensions, also feature in his body of work. Building objects, using hands, tools and primary materials are an intrinsic part of his works.

In addition to the absolutely decisive contribution made by AR.CO – Center for Art and Visual Communication, the “All-Around” exhibition (Loures, 2015) is a positive turning point in the way it has influenced and structured his creative process and the execution of the projects that followed.

Solo Exhibitions (short list)

Galeria novaOgiva
“As pedras do caminho que faço” #2
Galeria Teatro-Cine Pombal
“As pedras do caminho que faço” #2
Galeria Via Idea
“As pedras do caminho que faço”
Galeria Solar dos Zagallos
Galeria Municipal Vieira da Silva
Parque da Cidade de Loures – Loures
“Mind the Gap”
Galeria MAC – Movimento Arte Contemporânea
R. Sol ao Rato – Lisboa
Galeria Municipal de Exposições
Palácio Qta. da Piedade
Vila Franca de Xira
Galeria Municipal Castelo Pirescoxe
Galeria Municipal de Abrantes
Galeria Fábrica Braço de Prata
Galeria MAC movimento Arte Contemporânea
Av. Álvares Cabral – Lisboa

Group Exhibitions (short list)

‘Em Trânsito’
For.Ever Art Gallery – Lisboa
Bienal de Cerveira
Bienal de Desenho de Almada
‘7 Traços’
Baganha Galeria – Porto
‘CONTRASTES’ 11ª Exposição Coletiva Shairart
Galeria Shairart – Braga
Exposição Coletiva 20º aniversário MAC.
Galeria MAC movimento Arte Contemporânea – Lisboa
4ª Exposição Coletiva Shairart
Galeria Shairart – Braga
‘Óbidos Art Challenge’
Galeria NovaOgiva
‘‘Vive-arte 2011’
Sala-Taller María Nieves Martín – Espanha
Galeria Paula Cabral. Lisboa
‘Something Different’
APW Gallery – Nova York
‘World of Imagination’
APW Gallery – Nova York
“Festival do Amor”
Museu Jorge Viera – Beja
Galeria da Cooperativa Árvore Concurso de Desenho a grafite – Porto

Prize/ Mentions

• Honourable Mention – Drawing – Almada Drawing Biennial
– A jury composed by:
• Filipa Oliveira  – Casa da Cerca’s and Artistic Director – Almada Contemporary Art Center
• João Pedro Cochofel  – Visual Artist and member of the Administration of Diferença Gallery
• Louro Artur  – Painter, Teacher and delegate of Imargem
2014 • Prize – Sculpture
By the MAC Gallery – Contemporary Art Movement
2011 • Prize – Cultural Collaboration
– By the MAC Gallery – Contemporary Art Movemen
2010 • Revelation Artist Award
– By the MAC Gallery – Contemporary Art Movement
2009 • London Calling Finalist in London – England
– A jury composed by:
• Vanessa DesClaux – Assistant Curator of Performance, The Tate Modern, London
Tom Morton – Curator at the Hayward Gallery, London and contributing editor at Frieze• Francesco Manacorda – Curator at the Barbican Art Gallery, London

I am concerned about the individual’s relationship with society.
It is in this context that I exist.

With some beaten path, I allow myself to observe in several directions, for a recent past or for the future still absent, where is what I am looking for, what has not yet happened. When I take a look at the past, I identify the social and personal nuances that have occurred and their direct influence on my work, and then, with anxiety, look for what comes next. In this process, I distance myself, criticize and try to evolve. Looking for more. Ever.

I am not a painter, I am not a sculptor, much less a photographer or director, but I am a little bit of everyone, I don’t have a favourite area and this allows me to navigate as free as we all should be. I will not achieve perfection in either of these areas, I am as sure of that as I am sure of knowing that this is not what I am looking for, but I will do a lot in both, I will challenge myself a lot, I will provoke a lot … as I always try to do.

With my work, I try to establish a contact between my reality and that of those who dedicate a few minutes of observation, and I look, of course, for the vanishing point that gives me the perspective of a differentiating dialogue for my artistic production.

In this society, the one I observe, super productive, is it still possible to be differentiating? … that’s the fuel that moves me!

Paulo Canilhas