Pedro Calapez, who was born in Lisbon in 1953, is one of the most internationally acknowledged portuguese contemporary artists. He first exhibited his work in the seventies and had his first solo exhibition in the eighties. Today, Pedro’s work has been widely exhibited in Portugal and internationally, with participations at the Venice Biennale (1987) and São Paulo Biennale (1991) being but a few examples. Museu Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía (Madrid), Gulbenkian Foundation (Lisbon) and Serralves Museum (Oporto) are also just some of the institutions that have Pedro's prolific work on their permanent collections.
His studio in Lisbon, where Calapez has been for over 20 years, has now a total of 300 square meters. He still wishes it had 600, but it has come a long way since his start. We were warmly welcomed and got to know the different working areas, made from smaller warehouses that Pedro has been collecting and connecting. A painting room, an exhibition and photography room, a library, a workshop where works are prepared before paint and, of course, an office, were some of the charming places that we got to live and capture.
He walks to his studio everyday and works until the sun sets, preparing for upcoming projects such as exhibitions at Eippel Gallerie in Cologne, Galeria Luis Adelantado in Mexico City and Galeria Mário Sequeira in Braga. And also being a great host.