Isabel  Ribeiro
Covilhã, Portugal, 1976. Lives and works between Porto and Lisbon.

Painting, drawing, sculpture and video are the media used by Isabel Ribeiro to represent situations and spaces. For the construction of images, she appropriates references from the western literary imaginary or from everyday signage.

The artist, who started exhibiting in 2001, is interested in the diversity of anxieties generated in modernity that have to do with a failure of the individual with his environment: the individual and the collective crisis, the conflict between the individual and the social, transformations of space, forces of change, the constant failure of the movements that advocate change, the loneliness of the fight, dilemmas and the longevity of the community, depression, unemployment, loneliness and tedium.

A usual procedure in many of her paintings is the production of slightly changes, displacements, new frameworks, the substitution or deletion of elements from the image of reference. They are images indicating places to escape, places that talk about failure. Other works, auto-biographical, are distorted only by the contingency of the technique, such as Paisagens Nocturnas. Transferred from photography to painting, they represent directly the real. 

The artist’s name is also connected to the foundation of Salão Olímpico and Projecto Apêndice, two of the spaces that arouse in Porto, in the last years, managed by the artists themselves.

Solo Exhibitions (selection)
2017
Saturnidade, Espaço MIRA, Porto, Portugal.
2016
Orange, Rosalux, Berlin, Germany.
2015
Funócio, Paços da Cultura, S. João da Madeira, Portugal.
2014
Castigo, Laboratório das Artes, Guimarães, Portugal.
fracciente, Quadrado Azul, Porto, Portugal.
2011
Sublinhado, Museu de Arte e Arqueologia de Viana do Castelo, Portugal.
2010
Truir, Galeria Reflexus, Arte Contemporânea, Porto, Portugal.
2009
Debaixo de cinza, Caroline Pagés Gallery, Lisbon, Portugal.
Sucedior, Galeria Reflexus, Arte Contemporânea, Porto, Portugal.
2007
Período de máximo, Galeria Reflexus, Arte Contemporânea, Porto, Portugal.
2006
Desligado, Projecto Apêndice, Porto, Portugal.
Group Exhibitions (selection)
2017
Que farei eu com esta espada?, Zaratan - Arte Contemporânea, Lisbon, Portugal.
2016
Arte & Negócios, Associação Industrial Portuguesa, Lisbon, Portugal.
2015
matadouro n*5, Museu Bernardo, Caldas da Rainha, Portugal.
All Rights Reserved – Coisas do Mundo na Coleção Norlinda e José Lima na Oliva, Oliva Creative Factory, S.João da Madeira, Portugal.
Viagem ao Princípio do Mundo, Fórum da Maia, Maia, Portugal.
Laboratório das Artes 10 anos – Território de Trabalho, Centro Cultural Vila Flor, Guimarães, Portugal.
Atlas Secreto III, Igreja de São Vicente, Évora, Portugal.
2014
Secret Atlas- Oporto, Espaço MIRA, Porto, Portugal.
40 Anos do 25 de Abril, Casa Oficina António Carneiro, Porto, Portugal.
2013
PROYECTOR, Espaço Malmo, Madrid, Spain.
Casa Ocupada, Casa da Cerca, Almada, Portugal.
War(m) Up, Casa Bernardo, Caldas da Rainha, Portugal.
2012
Au delà des mots, Résidence André de Gouveia, Paris, France.
Para além das palavras, Espaço Campanhã, Porto, Portugal.
shapes and forces, Galeria Quadrado Azul, Porto, Portugal.
Aproximações à profundidade, Sala do Veado, Lisbon, Portugal.
Cinco Séculos de Desenho na Colecção da FBAUP, Museu Nacional Soares dos Reis, Porto, Portugal.
2011
IMAN, Casa das Artes, Vila Nova de Famalicão, Portugal.
2010
Mono, CAPC, Coimbra, Portugal.
Tough Love, Plataforma Revólver, Lisbon, Portugal.
Small is beautiful, Caroline Pagés gallery, Lisbon, Portugal.
If I can't dance, I don't want to be part of your revolution, Plataforma Revólver, Lisbon, Portugal.
Museu s.m., Museu Machado de Castro, Coimbra, Portugal.
2009
Opções & futuros #4, Fundação PLMJ, Lisbon, Portugal.
Entroncamento, Espaço Avenida 211, Lisbon, Portugal.
Está a morrer e não quer ver, Espaço Campanhã, Porto, Portugal.
Desenho em-volto, Espaço Avenida 211, Lisbon, Portugal.
2008
In Formal, Museu Martins Sarmento, Guimarães, Portugal.
A river ain’t too much to love – (Part-ilha), Spike Island, Bristol, United Kingdom.
Na, mi van?, SZAF, Mücsarnok Kunsthalle, Budapest, Hungary.
JCE, Galerie im Traklhaus, Salzburg, Austria.
JCE, Klaipeda Exhibition Hall, Klaipeda, Lithuania.
2007
JCE, New Talents in the European Art Scene, Théâtre de Montrouge, Montrouge, France.
Antimonumentos, Galeria António Henriques, Viseu, Portugal.
Colectiva, Galeria Reflexus Arte Contemporânea, Porto, Portugal.
25 Frames por Segundo, Cinema São Jorge, Lisbon, Portugal.
Decrescente Fértil, Plataforma Revólver, Lisbon, Portugal.
2006
Busca Pólos, Pavilhão de Portugal, Coimbra, Portugal.
Busca Pólos, Centro Cultural Vila Flor, Guimarães, Portugal.
FIAV 0.5, Pêssego prá Semana, Porto, Portugal.
Bienal de Chaves, Chaves, Portugal.
Collections
Fundação PLMJ, Portugal.
Fundação Idílio Pinho, Portugal.
Chaves City Hall collection, Portugal.
Pinhel City Hall Collection, Portugal.
em cada excesso há um cadáver, 2012. Oil on canvas. 80 x 80 cm 
Balança I, 2012. Indian ink on wall. Variable dimensions 
templo prostilo, 2012. Graphite on paper. 23 x 40,50 cm 
Balança II, 2012. Indian ink on wall. Variable dimensions 
Íman, 2011. Oil on canvas on wood. 37 x 37 cm 
um nível abaixo – PDR, 2011. Oil on canvas on wood. 18 x 30 cm 
Encaixe, 2010. Oil on canvas on wood. 30 x 42 cm 
Av. rodrigues de freitas, 2010. Oil on canvas. 22 x 25 cm 
Hidratar, 2010. Oil on canvas. 21 x 23 cm 
If i can't fly, i don't want to, 2010. Indian ink on Wall . Variable dimensions. Image credits: Vera Marmelo 
Buraco, 2010. Graphite on paper. 95 x 75 cm 
If i can't fly, i don't want to, 2009. Oil on canvas. 42 x 30 cm 
Três anos e tal depois, (70 objects), 2009. Cast iron. Variable dimensions 
Borodine's, 2007. Oil on canvas. 150 x 150 cm. Image credits: Blues Photography Studio 
Alterne, 2007. Oil on canvas. 23 x 34 cm 
Tendão I, 2007. Oil on canvas. 20 x 25 cm 
Clayton, 2007. Oil on canvas. 40 x 60 cm 
Piotr (Kropotkin) Motel, 2007. Oil on canvas. 150 x 200 cm 
Nervo, (still), 2003. MiniDV PAL transfer to DVD, color, with stereo sound. 55'34" (loop)