The work of ISABEL SIMÕES (Lisbon, 1981) is presented in various types of supports, from painting to drawing or in three-dimensional objects, that interfere and are affected by the spaces they inhabit and by a relation of scale and place with the viewer’s moving body. Object-images which are built within the process of painting and drawing itself, but deriving from others (images) captured from everyday spaces and objects – “excuses” for taking different features of perception and of the relation with the visible and the sensory as an intuitive field of action – delaying, pointing out or subverting meanings.
Simões has a degree in Painting – Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Lisbon, and exhibits regularly since 2003. The following exhibitions can be highlighted: Gravity and grace (Galeria Bruno Múrias, Lisbon, 2022), Divagar Devagar (Córtex Frontal, Arraiolos, 2021), Humor (Galeria Bruno Múrias, Lisbon, 2019), Portugal Em Flagrante – Operação 2 (CAM, Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Lisbon, 2016), Camuflagem – ESTUFA Cycle of Exhibitions (Casa-Museu Medeiros e Almeida, Lisbon, 2016), 22th Exhibition Program(Carpe Diem Arte e Pesquisa, Lisbon, 2016), Gravity and Grace (Altes Finanzamt, Berlin, 2014), An Oblique Fiction (Kunstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin, 2011), Byts- Bosch Young Talent Show (Stedelijk Museum’s Hertogenbosch, 2011), Unfolding: Space (Grimmuseum, Berlin, 2011), O Museu em Ruínas (António Cachola Collection – MACE, Elvas, 2009), Amália Coração Independente (Centro Cultural de Belém, Lisboa, 2009), Prémio Fidelidade Mundial Jovens Pintores(Culturgest, Lisbon, 2007), Opções e Futuros – Obras da coleção (Fundação PLMJ – Arte Contempo, Lisbon, 2006), 7 Artistas ao 10º Mês (Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Lisbon, 2005), Expanded Painting (2nd Prague Biennial, Prague, 2005), Rothschild Award for Painting (Lisbon, 2003).
Her work is represented in several public and private collections, such as a Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation; Portuguese State Art Collection – CACE; Ilídio Pinho Foundation; EGEAC – CML Collection; Museu de Arte Contemporânea de Elvas – António Cachola Collection; EDP/MAAT Foundation; PLMJ Foundation; Entrecanales Foundation, among others.