Graça Costa Cabral
Works | 1982 – 2015

26 de janeiro a 8 de abril



From January 26 until April 8th 

Graça Costa Cabral

Graça Costa Cabral was born (1939) on the Island of São Miguel in the Azores, but she moved to Lisbon when she was very young. She studied at the António Arroio School, and also at the Fine Arts School, where she began her career as a sculptor. She was a co-founder of Ar.Co, a project to which she dedicated her life as both a teacher and a director. Throughout this period, she continued to develop her work as a sculptor, undertook a significant number of commissions and regularly participated in individual and collective exhibitions.

She was always able to combine teaching and making sculpture in an exemplary manner. When working in the Ar.Co workshops alongside her students, she would explore the new technologies and materials that were gradually embedded in the learning programmes.

In the last three years of her life, she planned this exhibition, which was first presented in Lisbon, with a wholehearted dedication, gathering unexhibited works and drawings together with a careful selection of her well-known sculpture series.

Given her enthusiasm, and her desire, it is with a sense of fulfilment and pleasure that I now present this exhibition in the place where she was born.

Manuel Costa Cabral

Manuel Costa Cabral


Manuel Costa Cabral was born in Lisbon in 1941. He completed his studies in painting at the Escola Superior de Belas-Artes de Lisboa, in 1963. In 1973, he was one of the founders of Ar.Co – Centro de Arte e Comunicação Visual. In 1993, he was bestowed the title of Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Art, London. He was the director of the Calouste Gulbenkian Fondation’s Fine Art Department from 1994 to 2011.

A consultant for the Carmona e Costa Foundation since 2011, he has curated multiple exhibitions, including the shows “Graça Costa Cabral – Sculpture and Drawing 2016” and “Maria José Oliveira – 40 Years of Work” in 2017. Since 2015, he has been the responsible for the yearly edition of the “Carmona e Costa Conferences.”

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