Ana Santos
Espinho, Portugal, 1982. Lives and works in Lisbon, Portugal.

The work of Ana Santos develops itself from a daily practice of meeting and accumulation of materials and objects.

Each object, each material, has in itself the key of its solution: is the exercise of the practice that allows to test, to choose, to change, to re-change, to reject, until finally meet the solution.

The making of is constituted through the exercise and the studio practice, and operates from the relation with the materials.

The thinking is pragmatic, that is, it seeks to understand the material’s intrinsic qualities and how they are solved in the artistic object.

First, there is the material and then the solution.

The materials do not have a fixed provenance; they may come from the street (found objects) or from construction materials shops.

The choice of the material is based on its physical behaviour, and on the possibilities of what it can or cannot do.

The speculative thinking questions the intentions, motivations and decisions that orientate the work. The operative thinking builds the relationship with materials. Objects work not as things but as signals. Objects are evocations of the shape: they are signals of the thinking about the material.

There is a fast operation wanting to make clear the gesture that produces it.

Solo Exhibitions (selection)
2017
matryoshka, Galeria Quadrado Azul, Porto, Portugal.
2015
Stanza, The Goma, Madrid, Spain.
Ana Santos, Galeria Quadrado Azul, Lisbon, Portugal.
2013
Common denominator, The Goma, Madrid, Spain.
inverno, Galeria Quadrado Azul, Porto, Portugal.
2012
Loop, Espaço Campanhã, Porto, Portugal.
Une image de fou, Galeria Nuno Centeno, Porto, Portugal.
Trabalho, Chiado 8 – Arte contemporânea, Lisbon, Portugal.
Group Exhibitions (selection)
2017
10.000 Anos depois entre Vénus e Marte, Galeria Municipal do Porto, Porto, Portugal.
2016
Conversas: Arte portuguesa recente na Coleção de Serralves, Museu de Arte Contemporânea de Serralves, Porto, Portugal.
2015
Afinidades Electivas. Julião Sarmento Coleccionador, Museu da Electricidade, Lisbon, Portugal.
Au sud d'aujourd'hui: Art contemporain portugais [sans le Portugal], Fondation Calouste Gulbenkian, Paris, France.
AA Contemporary Art Collection, Coimbra, Portugal (curated by Delfim Sardo).
The Lulennial: A Slight Gestuary, Lulu, Mexico City, Mexico (curated by Fabiola Iza, Chris Sharp).
2014
Ana Santos/ João Ferro Martins, Carpe Diem Arte e Pesquisa, Lisbon, Portugal.
Acervo. Artistas Portugueses en la Colección Novacerrada, Centro de Arte Alcobendas, Madrid, Spain.
Aprender a Caer, La Casa Encendida, Madrid, Spain.
Wondering Paths, Plataforma Revólver, Lisbon, Portugal.
12 Contemporaries – Present States, Museu de Serralves, Porto, Portugal.
2013
Prémio EDP Novos Artistas, Galeria Fundação EDP, Porto, Portugal.
2012
First Avenue: One-way Street, Porto, Portugal.
Shoreline – artes plásticas na colecção do Ar.co, Centro Cultural de Sines, Sines, Portugal.
Jugada a Tres Bandas, Galeria The Goma, Madrid, Spain.
2011
Musicircus, Roullet, New York, USA.
In Back of the Real, ISCP – International Studium and Curatorial Program, New York, USA.
Walk Like an Egyptian, ISCP – International Studio and Curatorial Program, New York, USA.
2010
Open Studio, ISCP – International Studio and Curatorial Program, New York, USA.
Portugal Arte Bienal Personal Freedom, Pavilhão de Portugal, Lisbon, Portugal.
Appleton Recess #1, Appleton Square, Lisbon, Portugal.
2009
Drawing by Numbers, Avenida 211, Lisbon, Portugal.
Uma Mesa e Três Cadeiras, ETIC, Lisbon, Portugal.
2008
Bolseiros e Finalistas do Ar.Co, Espaço Tranquilidade, Lisbon, Portugal.
Enunciados, Espaço Avenida 211, Lisbon, Portugal.
2007
Open Studio, CAM – Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian, Lisbon, Portugal.
Ana Santos - Desenho, Dalila Gonçalves – Registo Fotográfico, Plumba, Porto, Portugal.
2006
Anteciparte, Lisbon, Portugal.
Open Studio, Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian, Almada, Portugal.
Awards
2014
EDP Foundation New Artists Prize, Portugal.
Collections
Coleção Julião Sarmento, Portugal .
Colección Navacerrada, Spain.
Fundacion Barrié, Spain.
Fundação Carmona e Costa, Portugal.
Colección DKV, Spain.
Ekard Collection, The Netherlands.
ArCo - Centro de Arte e Comunicação Visual, Portugal.
Museu de Arte Contemporânea de Serralves, Porto.
AA Contemporary Art Collection, Portugal.
Untitled, 2017. PVC, bronze, iron, polyester threads. 274 x 51 x 30 cm. Image credits: Filipe Braga / Galeria Quadrado Azul 
matryoshka, (Installation view), 2017. Image credits: Filipe Braga / Galeria Quadrado Azul 
Untitled, 2017. Found object (iron) and glitter. 131 x 30 x 28,5 cm. Image credits: Filipe Braga / Galeria Quadrado Azul 
Untitled, 2016. Two sun screen, satin ribbon, lead, wood and motor. 209 x 36 x 35 cm. Image credits: Filipe Braga / Galeria Quadrado Azul 
Untitled, 2015. Limestone and parafina. 31,5 x 34,2 x 2,8 cm. Image credits: Filipe Braga / Galeria Quadrado Azul 
Untitled, 2017. Bronze. 53 x 21 x 7 cm. Image credits: Filipe Braga / Galeria Quadrado Azul 
Untitled, 2017. Found object (glass). 114,5 x 142 x 0,5 cm. Image credits: Filipe Braga / Galeria Quadrado Azul 
Untitled, 2016. Bronze. 27 x 8,5 x 31 cm. Créditos da imagem: Filipe Braga / Galeria Quadrado Azul 
Untitled, 2015. found object, polyester threads. 85 x 35 x 36cm 
Untitled, 2015. objecto encontrado, fios de polyester. 85 x 35 x 36cm 
Untitled, 2013. spray on found object. 85 x 42 x 46cm 
Untitled, 2013-2015. aluminium, polyurethane, tape . 126 x 105 x 50cm 
Untitled, 2013-2015. Aluminium, polyurethane, tape (detail). 126 x 105 x 50cm 
Exhibition - Ana Santos, Galeria Quadrado Azul, Lisbon. Instalation view, 2015. Image credits: Daniel Malhão 
Exhibition - Ana Santos, Galeria Quadrado Azul, Lisbon. Instalation view, 2015. Image credits: Daniel Malhão 
Exhibition - Ana Santos, Galeria Quadrado Azul, Lisbon. Instalation view, 2015. Image credits: Daniel Malhão 
Untitled, 2015. Granite, paraffin. 21,8 x 14,4 x 2,7 cm. Image credits: Daniel Malhão 
12 Contemporaries: Present States Serralves Museum, Porto. View of the exhibithion, 2014. Image credits: Filipe Braga 
Untitled, 2009. India-ink on playwood. 70 x 53 x 0,3cm. Image credits: Filipe Braga 
12 Contemporaries: Present States Serralves Museum, Porto. View of the exhibithion, 2014. Image credits: Filipe Braga 
Untitled, 2012. India ink and acrylic on balsa wood. 78x47x0,4 cm. Image credits: Filipe Braga 
12 Contemporaries: Present States Serralves Museum, Porto. View of the exhibithion, 2014. Image credits: Filipe Braga 
12 Contemporaries: Present States Serralves Museum, Porto. View of the exhibithion, 2014. Image credits: Filipe Braga 
EDP, Young Artists Prize, X edition EDP Foundation, Porto. View of the exhibition, 2013. Image credits: Filipe Braga 
EDP, Young Artists Prize, X edition EDP Foundation, Porto. View of the exhibition, 2013. Image credits: Filipe Braga 
Untitled, 2013. India ink on wire, plant. 47 x 95 x 0,5cm. Image credits: Filipe Braga 
Untitled, 2013. Found object (glass). 7,5 x 82 x 31cm. Image credits: Filipe Braga 
inverno Galeria Quadrado Azul, Porto. View of the exhibition, 2013. Image credits: Filipe Braga / Galeria QuadradoAzul 
Untitled, 2012. India ink on lead. 9 x 100 x 11,5cm. Image credits: Filipe Braga / Galeria QuadradoAzul 
Untitled, 2013. Carton, tape, polyester threads, spray on plastic plate, metal wire. 182 x 47 x 8cm. Image credits: Filipe Braga / Galeria QuadradoAzul 
Untitled, 2012. Wood, acrylic and india ink on balsa wood. 107 x 36 x 3cm. Image credits: Filipe Braga / Galeria QuadradoAzul 
Untitled, 2012. Acrylic and india ink on balsa wood. 44,5 x 34 x 0,4 cm. Image credits: Filipe Braga / Galeria Quadrado Azul 
Untitled, 2012. Ecoline on pine wood. 33,5 x 35 x 0,5 cm. Image credits: Filipe Braga / Galeria QuadradoAzul 
Untitled, 2012. Pigment on wood. 134,5 x 63,5 x 2,5 cm. Image credits: Filipe Braga / Galeria Quadrado Azul. Serralves Collection 
inverno Galeria Quadrado Azul, Porto. View of the exhibition, 2013. Image credits: Filipe Braga / Galeria QuadradoAzul