Coruche, Portugal, 1980. Currently lives and works in Lisbon, Portugal
João Marçal’s oeuvre has been developed essentially within the field of painting.
Apparently abstract, his work almost always incorporates literal references from day-to-day life, many of an autobiographical nature: fabric patterns, packaging designs, public transport graphics, logos, architectural details. In most cases, it is possible to identify a universe dating from the 1980s and 1990s.
The autonomy of forms is counterbalanced by affective ties, like two poles that simultaneously attract and repel, as if this involved a kind of Sentimental Abstractionism or Nostalgic Formalism. Multiple layers coexist and interact in each work, which may be inspired by reports of personal episodes, and may include reflections primarily focused on the technical and historical possibilities of the medium itself. A fundamental vector of Marçal’s recent work has been the space(s) occupied by painting, beyond its material evidence and physical limits as an object.
João Marçal has regularly exhibited his works since 2003, including participation in group exhibitions and solo projects for independent spaces such as: Salão Olímpico, PêSSEGOpráSEMANA, IN-TRANSIT, Laboratório das Artes, Mad Woman In The Attic, Espaço Campanhã, Espaço Avenida, Maus Hábitos, A Certain Lack of Coherence, Espaço Mira, Parkour and Sismógrafo.
In 2005, using the pseudonym of Marçal dos Campos, he launched a project in the field of musical production, which he has developed in parallel with his activity as a fine artist. Starting in 2017, he began to use sound in some of his works and installations.
He participated in the artistic residencies Casa Mahare, Pizarra (2019), Residency Unlimited, in New York (2017), Résidences à i'Octroi, in Tours (2015) and Singular Collective Memories - Guimarães European Capital of Culture 2012, in Guimarães (2012)
Solo Exhibitions (selection)
Sad Trip, O Armário, Lisbon, Portugal.
Dzi Bead, Galeria Quadrado Azul, Lisbon, Portugal.
(with Ana Manso), Museu Geológico - Multiusos Room, Lisbon, Portugal.
Anexo A, O Anexo , (a project by Marta Espiridião and Ana cachola), Lisbon, Portugal.
Pavilhão Branco, Lisbon, Portugal.
New Car Smell, (a project by Estelle Nabeyrat), Ar Sólido, Lisbon, Portugal.
Remote, Caribbeing House, Brooklyn, New York, USA.
Ivre, Ar Sólido, Lisbon, Portugal.
Lhotse Summit, Octroi de Tours .
Quarto, Galeria Graça Brandão, Lisbon, Portugal.
Goin’ Blind, Parkour, Lisbon, Portugal.
We’re all alone, Galeria Adhoc, Vigo, Spain.
D.ª Maria Amélia, Galeria Nuno Centeno, Porto, POrtugal.
Group Exhibitions (selection)
Ver as Vozes dos Artistas #2, Maus Hábitos, Porto, Portugal.
A line going for a walk, Monitor gallery, Lisbon, Portugal.
Trabalho Capital: Ensaio sobre gestos e fragmentos, Oliva Creative Factory, S. João da Madeira, Portugal.
Intersticial: Diálogos no Espaço entre Acontecimentos, Núcleo de Arte da Oliva, São João da Madeira, Portugal.
Campo de Visão - Aquisições CML 2016/2017, Galeria do Torreão Nascente da Cordoaria, Lisbon, Portugal.
Variations Portugaises, Centre d'Art Contemporain, Meymac, france.
Quote / Unquote. Entre Apropriação e Diálogo, MAAT, Lisbon, Portugal.
Them or Us!, Galeria Municipal Almeida Garrett, Porto, Portugal.
Lugares de Viagem – Bienal da Maia 2015, Fórum Maia, Portugal.
Unfolding Modernisms (for future thoughts), Ivaliden1 Galerie, Berlin, Germany.
Sem Quartel, Sismógrafo, Porto, Portugal.
A Entrevista Perpétua, Edifício AXA, Porto, Portugal.
Collecting Collections and Concepts, Fábrica ASA, Guimarães, Portugal.
Fundação EDP Collection.
Fundação Ilídio Pinho.
Coleção Figueiredo Ribeiro.
Coleção de Arte Moderna e Contemporânea - Norlinda e José Lima.
Coleção António Cachola.
Coleção da Câmara Municipal de Lisboa.
Coleção da Câmara Municipal do Porto.