Figures on Stage
Born in Lisbon [Portugal], Margarida Neto is a Visual Arts teacher with a degree in Painting from the António Arroio School of Arts in Lisbon, Portugal. She’s completed courses in Painting, Aesthetics and Art History at the National Society of Fine Arts, as well as attended a degree programme in Technological Sciences at the Universidade Aberta [University Aberta] in Lisbon. In 1962 she travelled to Paris on a Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation Grant under the guidance of Artist João Vieira and Dr. Rio de Carvalho.
Her contribution to the panels of the “Aula Magna” in the Rectory of the Universidade Aberta remains a highlight of her career. Awarded the Quadrante Prize for Painting, she has participated in many individual as well as collective exhibitions, and was selected for the Biannual Exhibition at La Coruña, Plasencia and Vila Nova de Cerveira.
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Titled “Figures on Stage”, the theme is an amalgamation of painting and dance. In this set of paintings, Neto, inspired by the work of choreographer Olga Roriz, holds onto moments and eternalizes them through trace and colour. They are “Registers of Memory”, and this for Neto is painting. These registers capture the meaning and feeling of the movement.
Technically, Neto uses subdued lighting and contrast to enhance the detail of the physical bodies. As a result of contemplation, reflection and delivery, “Figures on Stage” depicts moments frozen in time that paradoxically continue to be alive. It is up to the individual to contemplate and set them free.
2007 Alamanda Negreiros Gallery at The Portugese Consulate, Toronto
2006 Municipal Library at Ajuda, Lisbon
Holmes Place, Oeiras
Youth Challenge Espaco Optico, Lisbon
2005 Brancamp Palace, Lisbon
Porto Corvo Palace, Lisbon
Quinta das Lagrimas Hotel, Lisbon
2003 Municipal Gymnasio Gallery, Lisbon
Fitares Gallery, Sintra
2002 MAC Contemporary Art Movement
SPGL Gallery, Lisbon
Quadrante Galery, Odivelas
2001 65A Gallery, Lisbon
2000 National Institute for Residences, Lisbon
1999 Art Shopping, Atrium Saldanha, Lisbon
St. Domingo Cultural Place, Sintra
X Biennal International of Art, Vila Nova de Cerveira
1998 Salon de Otono de Pintura de Plasencia, Spain
1997 Malaposta Cultual Centre, Lisbon
Samora Barros Gallery, Albufeira
1996 Municipal Museum of Loures