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Paulo Canilhas

Portugal Born in: 1969

Advanced Course in Visual Arts, AR.CO – Center of Art and Visual Communication.

Attended several courses related to visual arts.

Worked one year in an Artistic Residence in the studio of the sculptor António Júlio and, later, one year as Curator's Assistant in a gallery of Lisbon.

His practice primarily focuses on painting and installations. Drawing and sculpture with aluminum – the preferred material for working in three dimensions, also feature in his body of work. Building objects, using hands, tools and primary materials are an intrinsic part of his works.

In addition to the absolutely decisive contribution made by AR.CO – Center for Art and Visual Communication, the “All-Around" exhibition (Loures, 2015) is a positive turning point in the way it has influenced and structured his creative process and the execution of the projects that followed.

I am concerned about the individual's relationship with society.

It is in this context that I exist.

With some beaten path, I allow myself to observe in several directions, for a recent past or for the future still absent, where is what I am looking for, what has not yet happened. When I take a look at the past, I identify the social and personal nuances that have occurred and their direct influence on my work, and then, with anxiety, look for what comes next. In this process, I distance myself, criticize and try to evolve. Looking for more. Ever.

I am not a painter, I am not a sculptor, much less a photographer or director, but I am a little bit of everyone, I don't have a favourite area and this allows me to navigate as free as we all should be. I will not achieve perfection in either of these areas, I am as sure of that as I am sure of knowing that this is not what I am looking for, but I will do a lot in both, I will challenge myself a lot, I will provoke a lot ... as I always try to do.

With my work, I try to establish a contact between my reality and that of those who dedicate a few minutes of observation, and I look, of course, for the vanishing point that gives me the perspective of a differentiating dialogue for my artistic production.

In this society, the one I observe, super productive, is it still possible to be differentiating? ... that's the fuel that moves me!

Paulo Canilhas

Individual exhibitions (short list)


Galeria novaOgiva "Lastro"



"As pedras do caminho que faço" # 2 Galeria Teatro-Cine Pombal


"As pedras do caminho que faço" # 2 Galeria Via Idea



"As the pedras do caminho que faço" Galeria Solar dos Zagallos



"All around" Galeria Municipal Vieira da Silva

Parque da Cidade de Loures - Loures


"Watch out for the gap" Galeria MAC - Movimento Arte Contemporânea

R. Sol ao Rato - Lisbon


"Escuta (te)" Galeria Municipal de Exposições

Palácio Qta. da Piedade, Vila Franca de Xira


"SOLIDUS" # 2 Galeria Municipal Castelo Pirescoxe, Loures

"SOLIDUS" Galeria Municipal de Abrantes, Abrantes


"BIO" # 3 Galeria Fábrica Braço de Prata Lisboa

 "ORGANIC" Galeria MAC movimento Arte Contemporânea

A V. Álvares Cabral - Lisbon

Group exhibitions (short list)


"Em Trânsito" For.Ever Art Gallery - Lisboa


Cerveira Biennial


Biennial of Desenho de Almada

"7 Traços" Baganha Galeria - Porto


"CONTRASTS" 11ª Exhibition Coletiva Shairart Galeria Shairart - Braga


Exposição Coletiva 20º aniversário MAC. Galeria MAC movimento Arte Contemporânea - Lisbon

4ª Exposição Coletiva Shairart Galeria Shairart - Braga


“Artistic challenge of Óbidos” Galeria NovaOgiva


"Vive-arte 2011" Sala-Taller María Nieves Martín - Espanha


Galeria Paula Cabral "Lisbon’Angels". Lisboa


'Someone Chose Different' APW Gallery - Nova York

APW World of Imagination Gallery - Nova York

"Festival do Amor" Jorge Viera Museum - Beja

Galeria da Cooperativa Árvore Concurso de Desenho a grafite - Porto

Prizes / Mentions


Honorable mention - Drawing - Almada Drawing Biennial

- A jury composed of:

Filipa Oliveira - Casa da Cerca and artistic director - Almada Contemporary Art Center

João Pedro Cochofel - Visual artist and member of the administration of the Diferença gallery

Louro Artur - Painter, teacher and representative of Imargem

2014 • Prize - Sculpture

- By the MAC gallery - Contemporary art movement

2011 • Prize - Cultural collaboration

- Gallery Par la MAC - Contemporary Art Movemen

2010 • Revelation Artist Award

- By the MAC gallery - Contemporary art movement

2009 • Finalist of the London Calling in London - England

- A jury composed of:

Vanessa DesClaux - Assistant Performance Curator, The Tate Modern, London

Tom Morton - Curator at the Hayward Gallery, London and editor-in-chief at Frieze • Francesco Manacorda - Curator at the Barbican Art Gallery, London

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Paulo Canilhas, Coleção Libertação - Liberation Collection, Painting

Paulo Canilhas

Coleção Libertação - Liberation Collection, 2018
43.3 x 39.4 x 1.6 inch

$ 5,707

Paulo Canilhas, Lastro #17, Painting

Paulo Canilhas

Lastro #17, 2019
39.4 x 39.4 x 1.6 inch

$ 4,819

Paulo Canilhas, Lastro #4, Painting

Paulo Canilhas

Lastro #4, 2019
39.4 x 39.4 x 1.6 inch

$ 4,819

Paulo Canilhas, Lastro #3, Painting

Paulo Canilhas

Lastro #3, 2019
27.6 x 39.4 x 1.6 inch

$ 4,819

Paulo Canilhas, Série: As pedras do caminho que faço, Painting

Paulo Canilhas

Série: As pedras do caminho que faço, 2018
59.1 x 51.2 x 1.6 inch

$ 6,975

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