(Lisbon, 1953), lives and works in Lisbon.
The artist began taking part in exhibitions in the seventies and in 1982 he had his first solo exhibition.
Pedro Calapez creates paintings that engage with space, influence our perception of archi-tecture and the exhibition room. From small formats to large scale interventions and site-specific installations, this Portuguese artist has marked a whole generation of Portuguese and Spanish artists, himself having strong connections to artists like Richter or Twombly.
He has exhibited his work individually in various galleries and museums: in 2016, there will be an important monographic exhibition of his work, shown at Carmona e Costa Foundation The secret of the shadow. Paperworks 2012-2016 in Lisbon, as well as solo shows at museum CIAJG in Guimarães, and galleries in Porto and Zurique; in 2015 he showed: OPENSPACE, Galeria Belo-Galsterer, Lisbon; E não havia nada que não viesse do olhar, Galeria Mário Sequeira, Braga; FROM THE LOW VALLEYS, Galerie Seippel, Cologne, Germany, and Off limits - Espacio sin retorno, Galeria Luis Adelantado, Mexico City, Mexico.
In 2014, he realized his first solo show in New York, at Lynch Tham Gallery. Previously, Pedro Calapez showed There is only drawing, Luis Seoane Foundation, La Coruña, Galicia, do pequeno espaço entre as coisas Galeria Municipal Nova Ogiva, Óbidos; Branchings, Rosalux, Art Office, Berlin (all in 2013); dark skies, Casa das Histórias, Paula Rego House for Contemporary Art, Cascais, Lameiros, Contemporary Art Centre Graça Morais, Bragança, Gymnasium (diário íntimo), Carpe Diem, Lisbon (all in 2012); Painting places, CAB - Caja Burgos Art Centre, Burgos (2005); ground zero, CGAC - Galicia Contemporary Art Centre, Santiago de Compostela (2005); Selected works 1992-2004, Gulbenkian Foundation, Lisbon (2004); Madre Agua, MEIAC - Contemporary Art Museum, Badajoz and CAAC - Andalucia Contemporary Art Centre (2002); Field of shadows, Pilar i Joan Miró Foundation, Majorca (1997); Involuntary memory, Chiado Contemporary Art Mu-seum, Lisbon (1996).
Calapez participated in the Biennials of São Paulo (1987 and 1991) and Venice (1986). His work is represented in the following public collections: Caixa Geral de Depósitos, Lis-boa; Centro de Arte Caja Burgos, Burgos; Central European Bank, Frankfurt; CGAC- Gali-cian Contemporary Art Centre, Santiago de Compostela; Chase Manhattan Bank N.A, New York; António Cachola Collection, Elvas; European Investment Bank, Luxembourg; Coca-Cola Foundation Spain, Madrid; Pilar and Joan Miró Foundation, Majorca; Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Lisbon; EDP Foundation, Lisbon; Luso American Foundation, Lisbon; PLMJ Foundation, Lisbon; Portugal Telecom Foundation, Lisbon; MEIAC, Ibero-American Contemporary Art Museum, Badajoz; MNCARS, Reina Sofia Contemporary Art Museu, Madrid; Serralves Museum, Porto and others.
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