Alvarenga Marques

I like to play with images, decontextualize them and establish relationships between them in a multicultural and multiracial approach creating unexpected and unusual environments


Brief biographical statement:

Alvarenga Marques or Al.Ma. is a Portuguese artist who was born in Mozambique , where she spent her childhood.  

 Actually she lives and works at Porto, in the north of Portugal, divided between teaching and plastic creation.

AlMa took her Licentiate Degree in Painting in 1992 at FBAUP (University of Fine Arts of Porto).

She has participated in several collective Exhibitions and activities since 1988 in Portugal, Germany, Brazil, France, Spain, Canada, etc., She held several solo exhibitions in Portugal and received some awards and distinctions both in Portugal and abroad.

AlMa comes from a generation of artists that has chosen, facing a saturated visual world, the appropriation and recycling of several images from varied sources, for the last twenty, thirty years. 

Yet, her inclusion in this group is controversial, since instead of the usual method of unconditional stealing of references, historic quotations and the respective recycling giving rise to a scattering of the meaning, her case has been revealing a restricted idiosyncratic orientation. That Alma wants us to be enraptured by this childhood world seems to be, in the very act, her aim. Though it clearly shows, at first sight, a good imitation of the compulsory childish trend to write and paint on inappropriate surfaces, the author’s vandalism, only apparently innocent, goes obviously even farther.In this fluid, transparent and theatrical space, an interaction of mutual influence, either graphic or plastic, reveals itself – between the background pulsation (staging reality) and the overlapped drawings (paradigmatic of the childish imaginary). From this agitation an expressive strength of a nostalgic, metaphysic and a kind of lost time atmosphere appears. 

About her process the artist says:” I like to play with images and establish tensions, to focus attention from some icons by opposition to  others. At the present, I frequently use images like pop stars or very recognized objects in comparison with others less recognized, like   typical, regional or tribal ones.Sometimes this context creates a bizarre and an unexpected environment that I intend to catch the observer and lead him to wonder.I broach the subject with a playful mood, and use scrawls to demarcate the territory that represents my imagination”.


Anselm Kiefer


1985-1992 Licentiate’s degree in Plastic Art – Painting Porto, Portugal
Alvarenga Marques

O artista no trabalho

Prêmios e Prêmios

2009 Painting Prize - "Encontrarte" Amares, Portugal

2004 III Fine Arts Prize-Baviera XXI century - Museum of Cerveira Biennial – V.N.Cerveira, Portugal

2003 Special Recognition – All Media . Painting III – Period Gallery – Omaha/Nebraska, Estados Unidos

2002 Prize show (artisti finalisti) -“IT ART 2002” Pisa, Itália

2002 1st Etching Prize – 7º Salón Internacional Mercosur Diogenes Taborda/ Buenos Aires, Argentina

2000 Acquisition Prize ( Magna Artis ) Gondomar, Portugal

1994 Revelation Prize – IV Bienal de Gravura Amadora, Portugal

Exposições Individuais

2018 Near from any Sea - Piso Dois Gallery Felgueiras, Portugal

2018 Crazy Cloud Time – Almedina Galery - Municipal Museum Coimbra, Portugal

2017 Color Blind – Tile Museum Ovar, Portugal

2017 Far from any Road (Retrospetive) –AMI Amiarte Foundation Porto, Portugal

2016 2 for1 (doblo solo exhibit) Alvarenga Marques+Tim Madeira –Acervo Gallery Lisboa, Portugal

2015 Higher than the Sun III – Arte & Cultura - Quinta da Boeira V. N. Gaia, Portugal

2013 Higher than the sun II - 57 Art Gallery Viana do Castelo, Portugal

2012 Higher than the sun - Trindade Gallery Porto, Portugal

2007 Till the sun turns black - Trindade Gallery Porto, Portugal

2002 Always on my mind - OM Gallery Penafiel, Portugal

2000 Submerso - Epicentro / Arte & Produções Culturais Porto, Portugal

1999 Em Terra de Cego - OM Gallery Penafiel, Portugal

1998 Tons Férteis – Municipal Gallery Matosinhos, Portugal

Exposições Coletivas

2021 Babuchas e as MULHERES, Shoe Museum S. João da Madeira, Portugal

2021 MasKollectiv Project #signs of Hope (Catalog/Magazine) Portugal

2020 Amália, Um olhar contemporâneo - Galeria António Prates Lisboa, Portugal

2020 25 Years in 25 Stories - Zet Gallery Braga, Portugal

2020 UnUknown 2020, International online exhibition Jabalpur, Índia

2020 The Art of Sherlock - 2ª special edition, Ilustration Book Estados Unidos

2020 Art Around Us, Bhopal, Índia

2020 Segunda Face, Betanzos - Coruña, Espanha

2019 ‘UBUNTU’ - exhibition - 3ª Bienal Internacional de Arte Gondomar, Portugal

2019 ‘Arte em Lata’ - Municipal Museum Espinho, Portugal

2019 ‘VII Bienal de Culturas Lusófonas’, Exhibitions Center Odivelas, Portugal

2018 ‘80 Anos, 80 Interpretações de José Rodrigues’ – Tribute to the Master - S. Paio Convent Vila Nova de Cerveira, Portugal

2018 ‘II Edition International of Artist Books at MAB’ (Bahia Art Museum) Bahia, Brasil

2018 ’Exhibition AMADEO’ in context of Amadeo de Souza-Cardoso death centenary - Municipal Museum (FACE) Espinho, Portugal

2018 'HÁBITATS' , artistas Portugueses e Andaluzes Meca / Almeria, Espanha

2017 ‘4ª Bienal Mulheres D’Artes’ –Municipal Museum / FACE Espinho, Portugal

2017 ‘Lethes Art ‘(1th edition) Ponte de Lima, Portugal

2016 ‘PORTUG’ART exhibition’- Grafton Street,23 (Myfair)- D Group Londres, Portugal

2016 ‘Arte Urbana em MUPIS , 20 artistas na cidade’ – AMIarte Porto, Portugal

2016 ‘Art Map’(moving curatorial project) Ponte de Lima, Portugal

2016 – ‘Quem Conta Um Conto ‘–Soares dos Reis Museum Porto, Portugal

2015 ‘LP 33’ – Gal. Trindade Porto, Portugal

2015 ‘Woman With (He)art’ - Da Vinci Art Gallery Porto, Portugal

2015 ‘3.ª Bienal Internacional Mulheres d' Artes ‘– Municipal Museum Espinho, Portugal

2015 ‘ I Bienal De Arte de Gaia 2015’ V. N. Gaia, Portugal

Coleções permanentes

2021 Babouches Farouches, Shoe Museum S. João da Madeira, Portugal

2017 Tile Museum Ovar, Portugal

2016 Sculptor José Rodrigues Foundation Porto, Portugal

2015 AMIarte Foundation Porto, Portugal

2004 Bienal de Cerveira Museum Vila Nova de Cerveira, Portugal

2002 Volpe Stessens Foundation Buenos Aires, Portugal

2000 Museum of Portugal Bank Lisboa, Portugal

1998 Municipal Town Hall Matosinhos, Portugal

1995 Portuguese Cultural Center S. Tomé, São Tomé e Príncipe

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