João Marçal
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 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)
2019
Sad Trip, O Armário, Lisbon, Portugal.
2018
(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.
2017
New Car Smell, (a project by Estelle Nabeyrat), Ar Sólido, Lisbon, Portugal.
Remote, Caribbeing House, Brooklyn, New York, USA.
2016
Ivre, Ar Sólido, Lisbon, Portugal.
2015
Lhotse Summit, Octroi de Tours .
Quarto, Galeria Graça Brandão, Lisbon, Portugal.
2014
Goin’ Blind, Parkour, Lisbon, Portugal.
2013
We’re all alone, Galeria Adhoc, Vigo, Spain.
2012
D.ª Maria Amélia, Galeria Nuno Centeno, Porto, POrtugal.
Group Exhibitions (selection)
2019
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.
2018
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.
2017
Quote / Unquote. Entre Apropriação e Diálogo, MAAT, Lisbon, Portugal.
Them or Us!, Galeria Municipal Almeida Garrett, Porto, Portugal.
2015
Lugares de Viagem – Bienal da Maia 2015, Fórum Maia, Portugal.
Unfolding Modernisms (for future thoughts), Ivaliden1 Galerie, Berlin, Germany.
2014
Sem Quartel, Sismógrafo, Porto, Portugal.
2013
A Entrevista Perpétua, Edifício AXA, Porto, Portugal.
2012
Collecting Collections and Concepts, Fábrica ASA, Guimarães, Portugal.
Exhibition view. Inner 8000er, Pavilhão Branco, Lisbon, 2018 
Boreal, 2018. Acrylic on canvas. 202 x 285 cm 
Porta, 2018. Acrylic on canvas. 268 x 146 cm 
Dead Zone, 2018. Acrylic on wood and enamel on iron. 38 x 47 x 87 cm 
Inner 8000er, 2018. Acrylic on linen. Four elements: 120 x 158 cm, 266 x 40 cm, 43 x 53 cm, 120 x 93 cm (shelf: 31,5 x 8000 x 31,5 cm) 
Exhibition view. Inner 8000er, Pavilhão Branco, Lisbon, 2018 
Untitled, 2018. Acrylic on canvas. 159,7 x 150 cm 
Exhibition view. Inner 8000er (Remote serie), Pavilhão Branco, Lisbon, 2018 
Exhibition view. Inner 8000er (Remote serie), Pavilhão Branco, Lisbon, 2018 
Exhibition view. Inner 8000er (Remote serie), Pavilhão Branco, Lisbon, 2018 
Blood Sports (Remote Serie), 2017. Acrylic on wood. 35,6 x 28 cm 
Pretty Woman (Remote Serie). Acrylic on wood. 35,6 x 28 cm 
Crocodile Dundee (Remote Serie), 2017. Acrylic on wood. 35,6 x 28 cm 
Back to the Future (Remote Serie), 2017. Acrylic on wood. 35,6 x 28 cm 
Commando (Remote Serie), 2017. Acrylic on wood. 35,6 x 28 cm 
Alien (Remote Serie), 2017. Acrylic on wood. 35,6 x 28 cm 
Kickboxer (Remote Serie), 2017. Acrylic on wood. 35,6 x 28 cm 
First Blood (Remote Serie), 2017. Acrylic on wood. 35,6 x 28 cm 
Rambo (Remote Serie), 2017. Acrylic on wood. 35,6 x 28 cm 
Twins (Remote Serie), 2017. Acrylic on wood. 35,6 x 28 cm 
Three Mans and a Baby (Remote Serie), 2017. Acrylic on wood. 35,6 x 28 cm