Ana Vidigal completed the Painting Course at the School of Fine Arts (ESBA) in Lisbon in 1984 and was awarded a scholarship from the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation (1985/87). She studied etching under Bartolomeu Cid dos Santos, at the Casa das Artes in Tavira (1989), and was painter in residence at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Fortaleza de São Tiago, Funchal (1989/99).
In 1995, she was commissioned by Lisbon Underground to create tiled panels for Avalade station, and again in 2002 – this time for the new Alfornelos station. In 1997, she was invited by the Portuguese Institute of Architectural Heritage to create a porcelain cup as part of the ‘An Artist, A Monument’ project.
She has been exhibiting as a solo artist since 1981, and has presented the following individual exhibitions over the last two years: Casa dos Segredos [House of Secrets], Instituto Superior Técnico, Lisbon; Austeridade e Pequenos Sinais de Fumo [Austerity and Little Smoke Signals], Municipal Gallery of Abrantes; Estilo Queen Anne [Queen Anne Style], Baginski Galeria/Projetos, Lisbon; Cine Mar(a)vil(h)a – Videos – Teatro Praga, Lisbon; the brain is deeper than the sea – Outros Olhares, Novos Projetos [Different Perspectives, New Projects], Museu do Chiado – MNAC, Lisbon.
She has taken part in many group exhibitions and is represented in various public collections, notably: Banco de Portugal, Lisbon; BES España; CAM, Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Lisbon; Culturgest, Lisbon; the Berardo Collection; the Deutsche Bank Collection; the Manuel de Brito Collection; the Serralves Foundation, Porto; PLMJ Foundation, Lisbon; MACE – Elvas Contemporary Art Museum, Elvas; Metropolitano de Lisboa, Lisbon ; Museu do Chiado, Lisbon. In 1999 she was awarded the Maluda Prize, and was shortlisted for the EDP Painting Prize in 2001. She received the Amadeo de Souza-Cardoso Prize in 2003. In 2010, CAM held a retrospective of her work titled Menina Limpa Menina Suja [Clean Girl Dirty Girl], curated by Isabel Carlos.
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