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Pedro Cabrita Reis

Light art

June 4, 2013

One of Portugal’s best known artists, Pedro Cabrita Reis is known for his complex oeuvre that spans very disparate media, from the painted over pencil and pastel drawings, the large scale painting, via sculptural works to site specific installations that can reach architectural dimensions.

Pedro Cabrita Reis was born in 1956 in Lisbon, the city where he currently lives and works. He has exhibited widely and participated in numerous international exhibitions, including documenta IX in 1992; in 2003 he represented Portugal at the Venice Biennale. He has exhibited extensively across the globe including the current exhibition at the Power Plant in Toronto, Tate Modern, London (2013), Museu Colecção Berardo, Lisbon (2011), Museum for Contemporary Art, Leuven (2011), Carré d’Art, Nîmes (2010), Hamburger Kunsthalle (2009), Museo Tamayo, Mexico City (2009), Fondazione Merz, Torino (2008), Kunsthaus Graz (2008), Museo d’Arte Contemporanea, Rome (2006), Modern Art Center, Gulbenkian Foundation, Lisbon (2006), Kunsthalle Bern (2004) and Camden Arts Centre, London (2004).

Deeply interested in nature, landscape, architecture and color, Cabrita Reis creates works marked by a highly individualized philosophical and poetic discourse. He uses simple materials that he recycles through constructive processes, using a suggestive power of association to explores issues of space, architecture and memory.

Featured image: Pedro Cabrita Reis - Absent Names, 2003 - photo credits of the artist and Magazzino Arte Moderna

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