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Gonçalo Preto

Providence, Rhode Island

Artist Statement

My work explores the vibrant energy in silence and stillness, and how a penumbra can act as a place of revelation and omission. I have found that the subtle and ambiguous areas of shadow stimulate the imagination and activate visual sensitivity and nostalgia. In these shadowed spaces, I aspire to create moments of suspense, visual puns, and a sense of discordant reality. Frequently, my subjects come from personal references, historical facts, and scientific research which are then decontextualized and transformed into nonlinear fictional narratives. Nonetheless, in the last year, my perspective shifted inward, and I developed an interest in the mirage-like aspects of the familiar and mundane, resulting in the desire to depict the unnoticed.

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Artist Biography

Gonçalo Preto (b.1991, Lisbon, Portugal) lives and works in Providence, Rhode Island. Gonçalo has studied at the Faculty of Fine Arts of Lisbon, Portugal (2009-2012), Kassel Kunsthochschule, in Germany (2011-2012), and the Academy of Art University in San Francisco (2014-2015). He is currently doing his MFA in Painting at the Rhode Island School of Design (Class of 2024).

Solo shows: Untitled, with Santiago Reyes Villaveces, Ncontemporary, Milan (2020); Middle Finger Pedestrians, Galeria Madragoa, Lisbon (2019); LIMBO, Museu Carlos Machado, Ponta Delgada, Azores (2019); FRAG-MEN-TO, Galeria Madragoa, Lisbon (2017).

Selected group shows: New Visions, The Love You Gallery, Miami (2022); O Horizonte é o Meio, Galeria Liminare, Lisbon (2022); EMBORA, Galeria Madragoa in Rome (2021); 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), Approx., Galeria Madragoa at Sadie Coles HQ, The Shop, London (2018), SEVER, Galeria Boavista, Lisbon (2017).



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