SOFIA AREAL (Lisbon, 1960)
Is one of the most important Portuguese visual artists of her generation. She began her training in 1979 at the Hertfordshire College of Art and Design in St Albans, UK. In Portugal, she studied etching and painting at Ar.Co. (Art and Visual Communication Centre).
Her first group exhibition was in 1982 at the 1ª Mostra de Artes in Lagos, Portugal and her first solo show was in 1990 at Galeria Alda Cortez, Lisbon. Since then, Sofia has exhibited in various countries individually and collectively. She had a retrospective exhibition covering the last 10 years of her career in 2011 at the Galeria da Cordoaria Nacional the exhibition was accompanied by a book published by Babel, with texts of among others: Jorge Silva Melo and Professor Luís Campos e Cunha. In 2012 Areal illustrates the literary magazine published by Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Colóquio Letras. In 2013 launches a book together with Harvard Professor, Allan Hobson – “ Creativity”. Since 2013, Areal has started an international exhibition program, in Macau – Orient Foundation 2014, Oslo - Embassy Art Space 2015 and Dublin in 2016. In the same year a film by Jorge Silva Melo, “Sofia Areal: Um Gabinete Anti-Dor” premiers. In 2017 Areal continues a series of exhibitions, started in 2016 in quARTel das Artes in Abrantes, about her own private collection in Lagos Cultural Centre, followed by MUDAS. Contemporary Art Museum of Madeira and Centro Cultural Raiano - a series, which will continue in 2019. In the same year Areal will have an exhibition in the Portuguese Cultural Centre in Luxembourg. In 2017-2018 creates a tiles panel together with a group of artists and 3 individual ones, all with Ratton Gallery in Lisbon. In 2019 exhibits in The Portuguese Cultural Centre in Luxembourg.
Collections (selection) CAM - Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Lisbon; Serralves Foundation, Porto; Caixanova Foundation, Vigo; FEVAL, Cáceres; Funchal Museum of Comtemporary Art (MUDAS), Funchal; Carmona e Costa Foundation, Lisbon; Casa da Cerca Comtemporary Art Center, Almada; Millennium BCP Foundation, Lisbon; Novo Banco Collection, Lisbon; PLMJ Collection, Lisbon; Leal Rios Collection, Lisbon; Cachola Collection, Elvas; Coleção Fernando Ribeiro, Abrantes; Coleção Luís Ferreira, Lisbon; Coleção Alberto Caetano, Lisbon.