Francisco Vidal

Exhibitions

Biography

Francisco Vidal was born in Lisbon, Portugal in 1978, and he now lives and works between Luanda, Angola and Lisbon, Portugal.

He was awarded his MFA by Columbia University in New York, NY, USA in 2010, after having earned a BA from Escola Superior de Artes e Design in Caldas da Rainha, Portugal in 2002, and completing the Independent Study Programme at Mamaus School of Visual Arts in Lisbon, Portugal in 2005.

Vidal is best known for his paintings and drawings which bring together bold colour and pattern on handmade paper or canvas, often tiled together to create installations. The artist’s work playfully blends various aesthetic influences, including Cubism, African wax-print textiles, and 1980s hip-hop culture, as well as contemporary graffiti and street art. Born in Portugal to Angolan and Cape Verdean parents, the artist deals with ideas which are closely tied to the diaspora experience, examining narratives and identities which arise from a hybrid of cross-cultural upbringing. Colonial histories and their consequences are interrogated in his work, with a strong emphasis on the impact of labour practices, conflict and violence.

Recent solo exhibitions include Estúdio, Lumiar Cité, Maumaus School of Visual Arts, Lisbon, Portugal (2017); Luuanda Rising, Wozen Studio, Luanda, Angola (2017); a solo project at Focus: African Perspectives, The Armory Show, New York, NY, USA (2016); Utopia Luanda Experience – Arquitectura da Paz, Baginski Gallery, Lisbon, Portugal (2016); Workshop Maianga Mutamba, Tiwani Contemporary, London, UK (2015); and Água e Luz, Instituto Camões, Luanda, Angola (2014).

The artist exhibited as part of the Angolan Pavilion for at the 56th Venice Biennale in 2015, as well as the 2015 Expo Milano in Milan, Italy. In 2017, his work was shown as part of the Afropolitan Festival at Bozar in Brussels, Belgium, and in 2018, his work will be included in Encontro em Macau, the Sino-Lusophone Cultural and Arts Festival. Other group exhibitions include Artes Mirabilis, UCCLA – Union of Portuguese Speaking Capitals Cities, Lisbon, Portugal (2018); Metamorphosis, Jahmek Contemporary, Luanda, Angola (2018); Portugal-Portugueses, Museu Afrobrasil, São Paulo, Brazil (2016); and Glocal – No Regional de um Espaço Sem Fronteiras, Wozen Studio, Luanda, Angola (2016).

Vidal’s work is included in Portuguese collections such as that of the EDP Foundation, PLMJ Foundation, and Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, as well as the Scheryn Art Collection in South Africa.

Education

2010

MFA, Columbia University School of the Arts, New York, NY, USA.

2005

Maumaus Independent Study Programme, Maumaus School of Visual Arts, Lisbon, Portugal.

2002

BA Fine Arts, Escola Superior de Artes e Design, Caldas da Rainha, Portugal.

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2018

Alter Ego, Encontro em Macau: Sino-Lusophone Cultural and Arts Festival, Macao Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China.

2017

Estúdio, Lumiar Cité, Maumaus School of Visual Arts, Lisbon, Portugal.

Luuanda Rising, Wozen Studio, Luanda, Angola.

2016

Solo Project, Focus: African Perspectives, The Armory Show, New York, NY, USA.

Utopia Luanda Experience - Arquitectura da Paz, Baginski Gallery, Lisbon, Portugal.

2015

Workshop Maianga Mutamba, Tiwani Contemporary, London, UK.

2014

Água e Luz, Instituto Camões, Luanda, Angola.

2009

youtube_painting@barbearia_africana.com, Gallery 111, Lisbon, Portugal.

2008

Water, Gallery 111, Lisbon, Portual.

Ecotone, Gallery 111, Lisbon, Portugal.

2006

Subbus, Gallery 111, Lisbon, Portugal.

Pause 05:05:06, VPFCreamArt, Lisbon, Portugal.

Selected Group Exhibitions

2018

Artes Mirabilis, UCCLA - Union of Portuguese Speaking Capitals Cities, Lisbon, Portugal.

Metamorphosis, Jahmek Contemporary, Luanda, Angola.

2017

Afropolitan Festival, Bozar, Brussels, Belgium.

2016

Portugal-Portugueses, Museu Afrobrasil, São Paulo, Brazil.

Glocal - No Regional de um Espaço Sem Fronteiras, Wozen Studio, Luanda, Angola.

2015

Angolan Pavilion, 56th Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy.

Angolan Pavilion, Expo Milano, Milan, Italy.

Food and Culture: Education for Innovation, Representing Angola at Expo Milan 2015, Italy.

On Ways of Travelling, Angolan Pavilion, 56th Venice Biennale, Italy.

 

2014

BAI Art 16: Respostas ao (Des)envolvimento, Academia Bai, Luanda, Angola.

2013

Angolan Young Artists, National Museum of Natural History, Luanda, Angola.

2012

Luanda's New Paintings, Espaço Bahia, Luanda, Angola.

2011

Mabaxa, Triennial of Luanda, Soso Gallery - Contemporary African Art, Luanda, Angola.

MFA Thesis Exhibition, Fisher Landau Center for the Arts, Long Island, USA.

2010

ResPublica 1910 e 2010 face a face, Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Lisbon, Portugal.

Povo, EDP Foundation, Lisbon, Portugal.

Bicentennial Exhibition, National Museum of Fine Arts, Santiago, Chile.

Dia pela Noite, Lux, Lisbon, Portugal.

2009

Em Bragança, Apontamentos de Arte Contemporânea, Centro de Arte Contemporânea Graça Morais, Bragança, Portugal.

2008

Á Volta do Papel - 100 Artistas, Centro de Arte Manuel de Brito, Algés, Portugal.

Mundos Locais: espaços, visibilidades e fluxo, transculturais, Centro Cultural de Lagos, Portugal.

2007

Troca de Olhares (Exchanging Glances), Instituto Camões, Cidade da Praia, Cape Verde, and touring to Luanda, Angola and Maputo, Mozambique.

2006

9370-111, Galeria das Mudas, Calheta, Ilha da Madeira, Portugal.

2005

EDP Prize, Pavilhão de Portugal, Coimbra, Portugal.

Anteciparte, Estufa Fria, Lisboa, Portugal.

Architecture As Interim, Maumaus School of Arts, Lisbon, Portugal.

Residencies

2017

Territórios, Wozen Studio, Luanda, Angola.

2016

Summer School, Hangar, Lisbon, Portugal.

Biography & Press

2016

A.J. Samuels, Portugal’s 10 Contemporary Artists and Where to Find Them, theculturetrip.com, 23 October 2016.

Atak, Awut, Francisco Vidal on striving for utopia and what it means to be a political artist, trueafrica.co, 4 March 2016.

2015

Timmermans, Amelie, Pavilion of Angola: on Ways of Travelling, iam-africa.com, 1 June 2015.

Woord, Betty, How I work: artist Francisco Vidal, thespaces.com, 1 November 2015.

Spicer, Emily, Francisco Vidal: ‘It’s an artist’s role to dream’, studiointernational.com, 24 November 2015.

Compton, Nick, Machine art: Francisco Vidal's Workshop arrives at London's Tiwani Contemporary, wallpaper.com, 18 November 2015.

Banks, Grace, Francisco Vidal Adorns Machete's With Flowers For His First Exhibition at Tiwani Contemporary, forbes.com, 10 December 2015.

Kedmey, Karen, In His First U.K. Solo Show, Francisco Vidal Imagines the Artist as a Machine and the Studio as a Workshop, artsy.net, 16 November 2015.

Forrest, Nicholas, Francisco Vidal Turns Machetes, Machines into Art in London, blouinartinfo.com, 18 November 2015.

Kinsman, Houghton, Tracing Emerging Contemporary Art Practice in Angola, anotherafrica.net, 6 March 2015.

Collections

EDP Foundation, Portugal.

PLMJ Foundation, Portugal.

Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Portugal.

Scheryn Art Collection, South Africa.