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Statement


Through painted and sculpted fictions, my practice consists in pursuing and creating a sensation of eeriness that certain places, things and phenomenons provide that, due to their foreign nature, I incorporate in a universe under the designation of Nenhures, or in english, Nowhere. Using a mystical and magical language, I create ambiences that oscillate between the wild nature and artificial things, in interstices that suggest alternate worlds.

It is in such a space that I create situations that dilute the line between the real and the imaginary. I reveal the utopian intention of this process through an apparently naive language, veiled and mysterious. These places imply some recent or ancient event that invokes an inherent secret to each image. I appropriate the child’s strategy of “make-believe” to approach the precariousness of spaces, things and beings. It is these enclaves that I aim to explore the fragile relation between us and the utopian.


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CV


Rafaela Nunes. B. 1991, Lisbon, Portugal.

EDUCATION
2017 MFA Painting, Faculty of Fine Arts, Lisbon
2013 BFA Painting, Faculty of Fine Arts, Lisbon

SOLO SHOWS
2015 Refúgio, Guilherme Cossoul, Lisbon

GROUP SHOWS
2020 Quantos Á-Quatro cabem no Á-Quatro, Edifício Á-Quatro, Barreiro
2018 Ensaios sobre a (in)flexibilidade do natural - Parte I, Ministry of the Environment, Lisbon
2017 Bienal de Espinho, Espinho Municipal Museum, Espinho
2017 Suburbia, Faculty of Fine Arts Gallery, Lisbon
2016 Franzina, Roundabout.Lx, Lisbon
2016 1º Prémio CAT 2015/2016, Casa das Artes de Tavira
2016 Contra o Desgosto, Fundação PT, Lisbon
2015 12x12, Atelier Travessa, Lisbon
2015 Exposición de Pensionados en Segovia, Alhóndiga de Segovia, Spain
2015 GA-BA, Faculty of Fine Arts, Lisbon
2015 De onde para onde, School of Economics and Management, Lisbon
2015 Artis 2015, Casino Estoril Art Gallery, Estoril
2014 O Porto e a Península, Galeria Península, Porto Alegre, Brazil
2014 Exposição colectiva, Media Capital, Barcarena
2014 Finalistas Pintura FBAUL 12’13, National Society of Fine Arts, Lisbon
2013 Vinte e Dois, VAÅG Art Gallery, Lisbon
2013 Laboratório de Anatomia - Ver e Pensar o Corpo, University of Lisbon Rectory, Lisbon
2013 XXVI Spring Salon, Casino Estoril Art Gallery
2011 GA-BA, Faculty of Fine Arts, Lisbon
2010 Palmela, Espaço Fortuna, Palmela
2009 Pintar ao Ar Livre, Palmela Village Golf Resort, Palmela

RESIDENCIES
2018 Festival A Salto: Tomada Artística da Cidade de Elvas, Elvas, Portugal
2017 Centro de Estudos de Arte Contemporânea, Vila Nova da Barquinha, Portugal
2015 Palácio de Quintanar, Segovia, Spain

COLECTIONS
Lisbon Law School
AGEAS Insurance


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Texts


︎︎︎ Ensaios sobre a (in)flexibilidade do natural por Andreia César
︎︎︎ Suburbia por Isabel Sabino
︎︎︎ Refúgio por Letícia de Melo

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Nenhures — Rafaela Nunes
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