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ABOUT

João Figueiredo was born in Lisbon in 1970. His academic career includes several years dedicated to the study of Art History and a course in animation cinema at the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation. He graduated in Design in 1993 from IADE and later attended the drawing and visual arts course at AR.CO.

João Figueiredo was born in Lisbon in 1970. His academic career includes several years dedicated to the study of Art History and a course in animation cinema at the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation. He graduated in Design in 1993 from IADE and later attended the drawing and visual arts course at AR.CO.

He works for several years in advertising and design. Several successful advertising campaigns passed through his hands have been responsible for the artistic direction of several publications and author of numerous book covers by successful authors, among others, Vasco Graça Moura, Leonor Xavier and Margarida Rebelo Pinto. Receives the honourable mention for the Expo98 logo and the 1st prize in direct marketing, for the Martini brand. He founded two design companies, AB21 and Design Partners.

In 2000, his first painting works appeared in the exhibition "Mortas por Natureza" followed a year later by the exhibition "Frutos Proibidos" in partnership with Jacinto Luis.

In 2004, he was awarded the "Nadir Afonso Prize" at the Contemporary Art Fair in Estoril, and his work was selected by architect Nadir Afonso himself. That same year, the still life phase ends with "Lilliput Chamber".

In 2005, with the unprecedented and exclusive support of Swarovski, a new phase begins with projects for the reinterpretation of classic works.

He presents “Portraits of memory” in Lisbon at the Grémio Literário and “Rinascimento dil Rittrato” at the International Biennial of Contemporary Art in Florence, earning him a prominent review in the “New York Arts Magazine”.

In 2006 he presents “Again for the first time” at the Ministry of Finance in Lisbon.

Throughout his career, the “Prémio Vespeira”, the “Prémio Artur Bual” and “Bienal de Cerveira” deserve mention, receiving in 2005 the honorable mention of the “Prémio D. Fernando II” by the Municipality of Sintra.

At the end of 2006, he presented in London “Less is more” at the Zizi Gallery, which is his debut in a solo exhibition abroad.

As part of the “Seven Wonders of the World” festivities held in Lisbon, he is invited to present the project “SEVEN - From Past to Pop” at the Museum of the City, having been one of the works presented, awarded an honourable mention in the “III Premio of Erotic Art ”.

In Porto in late 2007, he presented his first work in photography “D-TALES - Digital Tales”. A photographic reinterpretation of his plastic works.

On the occasion of the State visit to Portugal of the Kings of Sweden, in 2008, he is invited to create a work intended to be offered by the Portuguese State, reinterpreting for this purpose the portrait of the second wife of D. Pedro I of Brazil, D. Amélia of Beauharnais. The same reinterpretation of this portrait is part of the “Once upon a time… 1808-908” exhibition at the Ministry of Finance, a contribution to the “Celebration of the 200th anniversary of the Portuguese Court's visit to Brazil” and the “100 years of the regicide”.

In 2010, the exhibition “Don’t Tell Me The Truth” opens, where the visit of the first lady of Portugal, Maria Cavaco Silva, receives a private title.

In 2006 he presents “Again for the first time” at the Ministry of Finance in Lisbon.

Throughout his career, the “Prémio Vespeira”, the “Prémio Artur Bual” and “Bienal de Cerveira” deserve mention, receiving in 2005 the honorable mention of the “Prémio D. Fernando II” by the Municipality of Sintra.

At the end of 2006, he presented in London “Less is more” at the Zizi Gallery, which is his debut in a solo exhibition abroad.

As part of the “Seven Wonders of the World” festivities held in Lisbon, he is invited to present the project “SEVEN - From Past to Pop” at the Museum of the City, having been one of the works presented, awarded an honourable mention in the “III Premio of Erotic Art ”.

In Porto in late 2007, he presented his first work in photography “D-TALES - Digital Tales”. A photographic reinterpretation of his plastic works.

On the occasion of the State visit to Portugal of the Kings of Sweden, in 2008, he is invited to create a work intended to be offered by the Portuguese State, reinterpreting for this purpose the portrait of the second wife of D. Pedro I of Brazil, D. Amélia of Beauharnais. The same reinterpretation of this portrait is part of the “Once upon a time… 1808-908” exhibition at the Ministry of Finance, a contribution to the “Celebration of the 200th anniversary of the Portuguese Court's visit to Brazil” and the “100 years of the regicide”.

In 2010, the exhibition “Don’t Tell Me The Truth” opens, where the visit of the first lady of Portugal,  Maria Cavaco Silva, receives a private title.

Within the scope of ARTCOM, it wins the 1st Prize with a plastic installation exhibited in Cascais entitled “Family Portrait”.

In 2010, in Andorra, at the invitation of the Embassy of Portugal to commemorate the Day of Portugal, Camões and the Portuguese Communities presents “Imatges de la Memória”.

“PT - Woman - A Tribute” is presented in Tokyo, at the invitation of the Embassy of Portugal to commemorate the “140th anniversary of the signing of the Peace Treaty between Portugal and Japan”, a reflective exhibition that honoured Portuguese women, with interpretations of portraits of illustrious female figures from the history of Portugal.

In 2012 she presented the project “look Into Me” consisting of 12 female portraits launched in 2013 by Vista Alegre as markers for dinner service

“Cinderella or the revenge of garbage” is the name of hes first art/installation, a project presented in partnership with ALLARTS GALLERY for ARTE LISBOA 2013

2015 presents its biggest project ever at the Convento dos Capuchos at the invitation of the Municipality of Almada under the title “CONTEMPLATION” where it presents painting, installation, sculpture and video.

In the same year, he presented “WE LOOK AT THE SAME SKY” in Tehran at the invitation of the Portuguese Embassy in Iran

2020 marks the commemoration date of 20 years dedicated to painting with the presentation of the project OPUS NIGRUM suite 33, which includes the painting exhibition and the installation project in suite 33 of Hotel Pestana Cidadela.

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