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)
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)
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
Museu de Arte Contemporânea de Serralves, Porto.
Ar.Co, Portugal.
Untitled, (detail), 2012. Maneki-Neko. 125 x 5 x 5 cm. Image credits: Teresa Santos / Pedro Tropa 
Trabalho, (Installation view), 2012. Variable dimensions. Image credits: Teresa Santos / Pedro Tropa 
Untitled, 2011. Spray on hula hoop, tape. 117 × 93 × 2 cm 
Untitled, 2011. Spray on plastic, tape. Variable dimensions 
Untitled, (installation view), 2012. Variable dimensions. Image credits: Vera Carmo 
Untitled, 2012. Two glass bottles, spray, brass. 20 x 18 x 18 cm. Image credits: Vera Carmo 
Untitled, 2012. Spray on MDF, screw. 73 x 73 x 5 cm. Image credits: Vera Carmo 
Untitled, 2012. Acrylic on balsa wood. 33 x 8 x 0,2 cm. Image credits: Vera Carmo 
Untitled, 2012. Indian ink on balsa wood. 41 x 4 x 0,2 cm 
Untitled, 2012. Indian ink on balsa wood. 10 x 21 x 0,1 cm. Image credits: Vera Carmo 
Untitled, 2012. Indian ink on balsa wood. 10 x 21 x 0,1 cm 
Untitled, 2009. Velvet on brass. 19,5 x 17 x 0,2 cm. Image credits: Dalila Gonçalves 
Untitled, 2012. Plaster, iron. 60 x 166 x 171 cm. Image credits: Dalila Gonçalves 
Untitled, 2008. Lead, scenery paper. 45 x 37 x 17 cm. Image credits: Vasco Barata 
Untitled, 2012. Found object, fabric, plastic paint. 91 x 50 x 13 cm. Image credits: Dalila Gonçalves 
Untitled, 2012. Paper. Variable dimensions. Image credits: Teresa Santos / Pedro Tropa 
Trabalho, (installation view), 2012. Variable dimensions. Image credits: Teresa Santos / Pedro Tropa 
Trabalho, (installation view), 2012. Variable dimensions. Image credits: Teresa Santos / Pedro Tropa 
Untitled, 2009. Golden leaf on palm leaf. Variable dimensions 
Untitled, 2008. Enamel paint on wire. Variable dimensions. Image credits: Pedro Barateiro