Rui Chafes

Lisbon, Portugal, 1966

Rui Chafes was born in 1966 in Lisbon, the city where he currently lives. Between 1984 and 1989, he completed a degree in Sculpture from the Faculty of Fine Arts of Lisbon and, from 1990 to 1992, studied at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf with Gerhard Merz. During this latter period, he translated Novalis' Fragments from German into Portuguese, an edition published by Assírio & Alvim in 1992. Chafes' work has been exhibited in Portugal and abroad since the mid-1980s.

In 1995, together with José Pedro Croft and Pedro Cabrita Reis, he represented Portugal at the 46th Venice Biennale, and did the same in 2004 at the 26th São Paulo Biennale with a joint project with Vera Mantero. In 2013, he was one of several international artists invited to exhibit at the Pavilion of the Republic of Cuba at the 55th Venice Biennale. He has held solo exhibitions in galleries and museums throughout Portugal and in several countries abroad, and his work is represented in various institutional and private collections. His works are on permanent display in public spaces in several countries. In 2011, he held a solo exhibition at the Sassi di Matera in Italy. In 2018, he exhibited large sculptures in various public spaces in the city of Bamberg, Germany. In the same year he held an exhibition ‘in dialogue’ with Alberto Giacometti at the Fondation Gulbenkian in Paris. In 2020, he made a permanent sculpture in the garden of the Fondazione Centro Giacometti in Stampa, Switzerland. In 2022, he held an exhibition with Pedro Costa and Paulo Nozolino at the Centre Pompidou in Paris, and a solo exhibition at the Museu de Arte Contemporânea de Serralves in Porto. In 2004, he received the Robert-Jacobsen Sculpture Prize from the Stiftung Würth in Germany. In 2015, he received the Pessoa Prize, awarded by the Expresso newspaper. In 2021, he received the International Association of Art Critics Award.  

Updated on 23 may 2023

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