FRANCISCO VIDAL


Francisco Vidal 2. U.topia Luanda series, 2015, Angola's pavilion
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Francisco Vidal was born in Lisbon, Portugal, in 1978 and currently lives and works in Lisbon. In 2010, he received his MFA from Columbia University School of the Arts, New York following the Maumaus Independent Study Program from Maumaus School of Visual Arts, Lisbon, Portugal in 2005 and a bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts from the School of Art and Design, Caldas da Rainha, Portugal, in 2002. He feels African even though he was not born on the continent and is a product of the African diaspora in Portugal. Francisco has been working on drawings, sculpture, and installation pieces to create a universe that is not easily classified, but whose continuity reflects his viewpoint and his development as a person. His works, in various formats, are the outcome of increasingly meticulous reflection on the reality he lives in. In parallel with his own practice as a painter, Vidal has played an instrumental role in fostering the visual arts scene in Luanda. In 2012, along with Rita GT, Antonio Ole and Nelo Texeira, he founded e-studio Luanda, a Luanda-based artists’ collective, project space, and studio complex that holds regular exhibitions and runs an art education program.

Francisco Vidal’s current practice revisits the modernist idea of technology as central to the dream of utopia, represented by the machine. Tiwani Contemporary will present a site-specific installation by Vidal, produced using his utopia machine: a standard-size plywood box containing an all-in-one toolkit for the mass production of screen prints, also functioning as a papermaking device.

Joined together, these paper tiles form a modular canvas, a cardboard skin that can cover infinite surfaces. The machine was born of a response to Vidal’s own experience of migration and the challenges faced by the modern, itinerant artist. In parallel with Francisco Vidal’s practice as a painter, he has played an instrumental role in fostering the visual arts scene in Luanda. Vidal is one of the most singular artistic voices to have recently emerged from Angola, and his work was part of the official selection for the Angolan Pavilion at the 56th Venice Biennale in 2015.

SELECTED SOLO AND TWO-PERSON EXHIBITIONS

2015

Solo exhibition, Tiwani Contemporary, London, UK

2014

Água e Luz, Instituto Camões, Luanda, Angola

2012

AIR – African Industrial Revolution (collaboration with Rita GT), UNAP – National Union of Visual Artists, Luanda, Angola

Agora a seguir e como, Candonga Studio (collaboration with Rita GT), Museum of the City of Viana do Castelo, Portugal

2011

Candonga’s Message No. 2: Rhino and Elephant, Candonga Studio (collaboration with Rita GT), National Museum of Natural History, Lisbon, Portugal

2009

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

2008

Water, Gallery 111, Lisbon, Portual

Ecotone, Gallery 111, Porto, Portugal

2006

Subbus, Gallery 111, Lisbon, Portugal

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

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2015

African Industrial Revolution (A.I.R.), with e-studio Luanda, Tiwani Contemporary, London, UK

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

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

Devour Part I (part of Devour! Social Cannibalism, Political Redefinition and Architecture), with e-studio Luanda, Freiss Museum in cooperation with Savvy Contemporary, Berlin, Germany

Devour Part III (part of Devour! Social Cannibalism, Political Redefinition and Architecture), with e-studio Luanda, KunstKraftWerk Leipzing, Germany

2014

BAiart16, 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

Tatoli Ba Kultura, Dili, Timor Leste

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

O 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