BASSANTI

Born in Lisbon in 1979. As of 2010 he stopped signing his artwork as Ivo Moreira and began signing Bassanti.

In 1997 he completed Curso Geral de Artes, Escola António Arroio, immediately beginning his studio artwork at Ateliers de S. Paulo, in Lisbon.

In 1999 he was invited to pursue his painting artwork at Galeria Zé dos Bois where he stayed as an artist‑in‑residence until 2013.

In 2007 he briefly attended Faculdade de Belas Artes de Lisboa where he soon realised that the academy could no longer offer him the sustainability he needed for his search, and as a result he has followed a path where his knowledge of things is essentially empirical.

His artwork conveys an intense autobiographical search of a primarily intuitive nature in which the building process is increasingly more relevant in terms of the final outcome. His personal path and artwork mutually influence one another merging into one sole movement where actions, experience, artwork and thought continuously unfold one another. In this regard, his travels have soon begun to play a fundamental role in his evolution and growth, offering essential platforms for understanding the contexts within which he operates. By questioning what is familiar and by being permeable to assimilate what is new, his artwork reflects a constant journey inside and outside himself.

Since 1995 he has consistently worked on graphic diaries and artist books as a means to record his travels.

He has been in several artist residencies, among which: Basel (1997), sharing the studio of painter Daniel Böemle; Salvador da Bahia (2000‑2001) and Goa (2003‑2004), in independent studios; Morocco (itinerant); Berlin (2007 and 2010), at Spukkommune; New York (2009), at Point B; Paris (2010), at 59 Rivoli; Hamburg (2010), at Gängenviertel; Porto (2011), at Casa Amarela; Tarrafal, Cape Verde (2013); Chiang Mai, Thailand, at Lhompran Centre (2014).

Since 2010 his artwork has stretched over more diversified scenarios beginning to explore other areas (through the eyes of painting) such as writing, music, performance, photography, video, textiles, silk screening, mural painting, installation and cooking, sometimes working in partnership with other artists.

PEDRO AMARAL

Lives and works in Sintra. Without an artistic background, he worked actively in illustration during the 80s and 90s. The collective Sparring Partners founded with Alice Geirinhas and João Fonte Santa in 1995 marks his entry in the world of contemporary art, where he exposes regularly ever since. Painting has been the chosen primary support, together with video, installation and performance.

From the ZDB Gallery to the integration in some of the most outstanding exhibitions of the 90s ((in collaboration with names and commissioners / artists such as Paulo Mendes and Pedro Cabral Santo), to individual exhibitions in galleries and art fairs, he never abandoned independent contexts like Projeto Museu – Casa Bernardo, o Pogo Teatro, the project “Atlas Secreto” or the most recent curated exhibitions of pamphlet art by João Fonte Santa. He is represented in the collections Círculo de Artes Plásticas de Coimbra, Museu do Neorealismo, Fundação PMLJ and several private collections, both in Portugal and abroad.Lives and works in Sintra. Without an artistic background, he worked actively in illustration during the 80s and 90s. The collective Sparring Partners founded with Alice Geirinhas and João Fonte Santa in 1995 marks his entry in the world of contemporary art, where he exposes regularly ever since. Painting has been the chosen primary support, together with video, installation and performance.

From the ZDB Gallery to the integration in some of the most outstanding exhibitions of the 90s ((in collaboration with names and commissioners / artists such as Paulo Mendes and Pedro Cabral Santo), to individual exhibitions in galleries and art fairs, he never abandoned independent contexts like Projeto Museu – Casa Bernardo, o Pogo Teatro, the project “Atlas Secreto” or the most recent curated exhibitions of pamphlet art by João Fonte Santa. He is represented in the collections Círculo de Artes Plásticas de Coimbra, Museu do Neorealismo, Fundação PMLJ and several private collections, both in Portugal and abroad.