Catarina Dias




Catarina Dias is an artist whose work embodies the fluidity between word and image, erosion and assemblage, the inner and outer world. Her practice is characterized by its dense yet contemplative nature. She complexifies the processes of perception through her sensitive pictorial language, which combines different plastic languages, such as cinematographic imagery and poetic text, using a variety of techniques and materials, such as paper or fabric. This complex intertwining, along with their multifaceted subject matter, imbues her works with fragmentary and juxtaposing narratives. Her specific approach simultaneously evokes a sense of depth and urgency, saturating the work with rawness and vulnerability, as if the images or words she depicts defy containment. The artist incorporates both archived words, phrases, and poems from her own lexicon, and while these texts may appear to offer a decipherable and readable visual anchor, in fact, they further add a sense of unease and disorientation.

The work of Catarina Dias has been exhibited at EDP Foundation - Museu da Electricidade, Lisbon; Appleton Square, Lisbon; Espaço Avenida, Lisbon; Uppercut, Lisbon; Pavilhão Preto - Galerias Municipais de Lisboa, Lisbon; Museu de Arte Contemporânea de Elvas, Elvas; Galeria Municipal do Porto, Porto; or Ar Sólido, Lisbon; among others. Her works are part of the collection of Foundation MAAT / EDP; António Cachola Collection; Portuguese State Contemporary Art Collection – CACE; EGEAC/CML Collection; Centro de Arte Oliva – Norlinda e José Lima Collection; Ilídio Pinho Foundation Collection; among others.



Catarina Dias is born in London. She lives and works in Lisbon.


Advanced Course in Visual Arts, Ar.Co, Lisbon


Master in Fine Arts, Byam Shaw School of Art, University of The Arts, London


Nomination CELPA/Vieira da Silva Revelation Prize


Nomination EDP Foundation’s New Artists Award

Selected Solo Shows


Through Wet Air – Pavilhão Branco, Galerias Municipais de Lisboa


WE KNOW YOU DON'T SEE US (Projectspace) – Jahn und Jahn, Lisbon


Mamute – Galeria Vera Cortês, Lisbon


a cor de um eclipse (with Pedro H. Paixão) – Ar Sólido, Lisbon

This is Heat, Old School #42 (one night presentation), Lisbon


Digging for fire in a long multilayered stream. Thoughts. Sounds. Sensations Movements melt together in such condensation transpiring its own taking place Here. Now. And elsewhere – Vera Cortês Art Agency (Part I) and Appleton Square (Part II), Lisbon


clone MYD – Espaço Avenida, Lisbon

MYSTIC DIVER – Black Pavilion, Museum of the City of Lisbon

Selected Group Shows


Contravisões, Photography – António Cachola Collection, Elvas


UPPERCUT editions – New space, Lisbon


COME HERE, THERE’S SOMETHING I WANT TO SHOW YOU (with Corita Kent) – Uppercut, Lisbon


A Guerra como Modo de Ver, works from António Cachola collection – MACE - Museum of Contemporary Art of Elvas


10000 anos depois entre Vénus e Marte, works from António Cachola collection – Galeria Municipal do Porto

Quatro Elementos – Galeria Municipal do Porto


the colour of an eclipse – Ar Sólido, Lisbon

Carte Blanche to Diogo Pimentão – Untilthen Galerie, Paris


O pouco ou muito a diferença é pouca – Módulo, Lisbon


6+6 Perspectives on Minde’s textile industry – Minde

Nothing Comes From Nothing – Parkour, Lisbon


Portuguese Artists Abroad – EDP Foundation, Lisbon


13 – Avenida 211, Lisbon


Empire – R.K. Burt Gallery, London