MADRAGOA
Gonçalo Preto
Lisbon, Portugal, 1991
About the Artist

What immediately strikes from Goncalo Preto’s production it’s how his sophisticated pictorial technique is applied to the creation of situations that are often embedded with a tense atmosphere, as parts of disconnected narratives that compose the whole visual world of the artist. Since his second solo show, Middle Finger Pedestrians, presented at the gallery in November 2019, the artist started a new series of paintings originated by the interest in the representation of dim environments, focusing on the portrayal of different light sources and on how the observer's eye adapts to the blackness of the different represented scenes. His most recent works show a development in this research about vision where the artist plays with our vision and its reaction to light, focus, proximity, abstraction and the mysterious creation scenes that seem to belong to everybody’s lost memories. 

Gonçalo Preto was born in Lisbon, in 1991 and actually he lives and works in Lisbon.

He studied at the Faculty of Fine Arts in Lisbon (2009-2012), the Kassel Kunsthochschule in Kassel (2011-2012) and the Academy of Art University in San Francisco (2014-2015). 

Solo and two-persons exhibitions include:  Untitled, with Santiago Reyes Villaveces, Ncontemporary Project Room, Milan (2020); Middle Finger Pedestrians, Galeria Madragoa, Lisbon (2019); LIMBO, Museu Carlos Machado, Ponta Delgada, Azores (2019); FRAG-MEN-TO, MADRAGOA ENCIMA, Galeria Madragoa; Lisbon (2017).

Recent group exhibitions include: CABINET, Museu Nacional de História Natural e Ciência, Lisbon (2019); Active Synthesis, Forum Arte Braga, Braga (2019); There will never be a door. You are inside, Collection Teixeira de Freitas, Fundación Santander, Madrid (2019); COLA CUSPO, Espaço AZ, Lisbon (2018); Nome do Meio, Moradia, Lisbon (2018) Approx, Galeria Madragoa at Sadie Coles HQ, The Shop, London (2018), SEVER, Galeria Boavista, Lisbon (2017); Blue, The Switch Gallery, Lisbon (2016); Babel, Miguel Justino Contemporary Art, Lisbon (2016); 4, Cidadela Art District, Cascais (2015).

Portfolio

 

GP_PORTFOLIO 15'02'2021.pdf
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Selected Exhibitions

 

Middle Finger Pedestrians

Installation view at Madragoa, Lisbon, Portugal

November 16th, 2019 - January 11th, 2020

 

Middle Finger Pedestrians

Installation view at Madragoa, Lisbon, Portugal

November 16th, 2019 - January 11th, 2020

 

Middle Finger Pedestrians

Installation view at Madragoa, Lisbon, Portugal

November 16th, 2019 - January 11th, 2020

 

Cabinet

Installation view at Museu Nacional de História Natural e Ciência, Lisbon, Portugal

September 13th – 30th, 2019

 

Cabinet

Installation view at Museu Nacional de História Natural e Ciência, Lisbon, Portugal

September 13th – 30th, 2019

 

Cabinet

Installation view at Museu Nacional de História Natural e Ciência, Lisbon, Portugal

September 13th – 30th, 2019

 

Limbo

Installation view at Museu Carlo Machado - Nucleo de Santo Andre, Walk & Talk, São Miguel, Azores, Portugal

July 6th - 20th, 2019

 

Gonçalo Preto

Installation view at Madragoa at Art-O-Rama, Marseille, France

August 31st - September 2nd, 2018

 

Approx.

Installation view at Madragoa at CONDO London 2018 hosted by Sadie Coles HQ, The Shop, London, United Kingdom

January 13th – February 10th, 2018

 

Interlude

Installation view at SWAB, Barcelona 2017

September 28th - October 1st, 2017

 

SEVER

Installation view at Galeria da Boavista, Lisbon, Portugal

July 21st - October 1st, 2017

 

Fragmento

Installation view at Galeria Madragoa, Lisbon, Portugal

March 23rd - May 6th, 2017

 

Fragmento

Installation view at Galeria Madragoa, Lisbon, Portugal

March 23rd - May 6th, 2017

 

Fragmento

Installation view at Galeria Madragoa, Lisbon, Portugal

March 23rd - May 6th, 2017