"In my painting work an architectural dimension draws utopic and fictional spaces manipulated by colour, an element that can be fascinating as much as intriguing and with a great transformative potential."
Ana Pais Oliveira (1982) lives and works in Espinho, Portugal. She graduated in Painting at the School of Fine Arts, University of Porto (2005) and she has a PhD on Art & Design - Painting with the project Colour between pictorial and architectural space: relational processes in contemporary artistic practices (2015). She is a resident artist at Fórum de Arte e Cultura de Espinho, where she has her studio and collaborates in several initiatives. Painting is part of her life since she graduated and she is also a dance teacher and a mom. She fights every day to continue doing what she loves.
In her painting work, the idea of utopia is always present, connecting with a fictional and imaginary architecture that invades pictorial space through colour, which has a significant transformative potential in our perception of depth, volume and illusion.
She was part of the Portuguese selection for the Young European Biennial 2013/2015, was selected to the XV Open Call of Galeria Luis Adelantado in Valencia (2013) and won Kunstpreis Young Art Award <33 [colour] from the Gallery Art Forum Ute Barth in Zürich, Switzerland, where she had her solo show in the summer of 2014. She was also long listed to the Solo Award 2016 / London Art Fair 2017, promoted by Wilson Williams Contemporary Art Gallery, London and won the XLIX Concurso Internacional de Pintura Homenaje a Rafael Zabaleta, Quesada, Jaén, Spain (2019), the acquisition prize Amigos da Biblioteca-Museu de Amarante in the 9th Edition of the Prize Amadeo de Souza-Cardoso (2013), the First Prize Aveiro Jovem Criador (2009), the First Prize Engenho e Arte (2009), the First Prize Arte XXI 10 (2009) and the First Prize Eixo Atlântico in the VIII Biennial Eixo Atlântico do Noroeste Peninsular (2008), among other painting prizes.