Catarina Dias

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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.

Vita

1979

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

2001—2002

Advanced Course in Visual Arts, Ar.Co, Lisbon

2002—2003

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

2002

Nomination CELPA/Vieira da Silva Revelation Prize

2011

Nomination EDP Foundation’s New Artists Award

Selected Solo Shows

2024

Through Wet Air – Pavilhão Branco, Galerias Municipais de Lisboa

2023

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

2019

Mamute – Galeria Vera Cortês, Lisbon

2016

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

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

2015

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

2010

clone MYD – Espaço Avenida, Lisbon

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

Selected Group Shows

2023

Contravisões, Photography – António Cachola Collection, Elvas

2021

UPPERCUT editions – New space, Lisbon


2019

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

2018

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

2017

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

Quatro Elementos – Galeria Municipal do Porto

2016

the colour of an eclipse – Ar Sólido, Lisbon

Carte Blanche to Diogo Pimentão – Untilthen Galerie, Paris

2014

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

2013

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

Nothing Comes From Nothing – Parkour, Lisbon

2009

Portuguese Artists Abroad – EDP Foundation, Lisbon

2008

13 – Avenida 211, Lisbon

2004

Empire – R.K. Burt Gallery, London