"Canal Caveira", 2014


António Bolota was born in Benguela, Angola, in 1962 and moved to Portugal at the age of 15. He currently lives and works in Lisbon. Trained as a Civil Engineer – an area where he has developed his professional activity –, Bolota renewed his interest in art in the 1990s, studying Art History and Aesthetics and completing the Advanced Course in Sculpture at ArCo – Centro de Artes e Comunicação Visual in 2008. His professional activity has frequently offered him the possibility to revive and give temporary new uses to old buildings undergoing reconversion. It was thus that he founded and helped establish several independent exhibition spaces in Lisbon, as is the case with Bartolomeu 5 (2003-2004), Avenida 211 (2004-2012) and Ar Sólido (programmed by Bolota and Marco Pires between 2013 and 2015). Located in a magnificent building on the Avenida da Liberdade promenade, the Avenida 211 space became a central place for visual artists to produce and present their work, featuring dozens of studios and some of the most dynamic exhibition spaces in Lisbon. Run by the artists themselves or young curators, these spaces included Kunsthalle Lissabon, Parkour, Barbershop, Escritório and Sala Bebé. His main solo exhibitions have been held at Galeria Vera Cortês, Lisbon (2020 and 2016); Galeria Quadrum, Lisbon (2019); Appleton Square, Lisbon (2016); Fórum Eugénio de Almeida (Évora, 2016); Galeria Quadrado Azul, Lisbon and Porto (2010, 2012 and 2014); White Pavilion, Museu da Cidade, Lisbon (2010) and Ermida de Guadalupe, Vila do Bispo (2010). He has also featured in group exhibitions such as Escala 1:1. 21 Artistas Cntemporáneos Portugueses, Tabacalera, Madrid (2018); Cosmic, Sonic, Animistic, CIAJG – José de Guimarães International Centre for the Arts, Guimarães (2017); Sala dos Gessos, Electricity Museum, Lisbon (2016); Canal Caveira, Cordoaria Nacional, Lisbon (2015); Ar Sólido, Lisbon (2015); Landarte, Cascais (2014); António Filipe, Parkour, Lisbon (2013); Como Proteger-se do Tigre, 16th Cerveira Biennial, Vila Nova de Cerveira (2011); Estados Gerais, Artecontempo, Lisbon (2009) and Espaço lnterpress, Lisbon (2006). In 2009 he was nominated for the EDP New Artists Award.

solo exhibitions

- Aclive, Casa da Cerca, Almada, Portugal
- Workforce / Mão-de-obra, curated by Bruno Marchand, Culturgest, Lisbon, Portugal
- Suspenso, Galeria Vera Cortês, Lisbon, Portugal– Sem título, Travessa da Ermida, Lisbon, Portugal

- Ser Sombra [desenho], curated by Nuno Faria, Fundação Carmona e Costa, Lisbon, Portugal
- Assentamento, curated by Sara Antónia Matos, Galeria Quadrum, Lisbon, Portugal
- Site-specific intervention, In Spite Of, Loja 77, Centro Comercial Mota Galiza, Porto, Portugal
- Sem escala, Vera Cortês Art Agency, Lisbon, Portugal
- Falésia, curated by Sara Antónia Matos, Appleton Square, Lisbon, Portugal
- Cume, Fórum Eugénio de Almeida, Évora, Portugal
- Sem título, Galeria Quadrado, Azul, Lisbon, Portugal
- Vazadouro, Casa Museu Julio Pomar, Oldschool, Lisbon, Portugal
- Sem título, Galeria Quadrado Azul, Lisbon, Portugal
- Esculturas, Galeria Quadrado Azul, Lisbon, Portugal
- A última luz do dia, Pavilhão Branco, Museu da Cidade, Lisbon, Portugal
- Sem título, Galeria Quadrado Azul, Oporto, Portugal
- Sem título, Ermida de Guadalupe, Algarve, Portugal
- Sem título, Uma Certa Falta de Coerência, Oporto, Portugal
- Sem título, BMC, S. Domingos de Rana, Portugal
- Sem título, Bicesse, Portugal

group exhibitions

- Mais Nada se Move em Cima do Papel, curated by Sara Antónia Matos, Centro de Artes de Águeda, Portugal
- ProjectoMAP 2010–2020. Mapa ou Exposição, curated by Alda Galsterer and Verónica de Mello, Museu Coleção Berardo, Lisbon, Portugal
- Alexandre Farto aka Vhils + António Bolota, Galeria Vera Cortês, Lisbon, Portugal
- Black Box: Potlatch, curated by Julião Sarmento, Museu do Caramulo, Caramulo, Portugal
- Escala 1:1. 21 artistas contemporáneos portugueses, Tabacalera Madrid, Spain
- Cosmic, Sonic, Animistic, CIAJG, Guimarães, Portugal
- A arquitectura dos artistas, curated by José Neves, Atelier-Museu Júlio  Pomar, Lisbon, Portugal
- Sala dos Gessos, curated by João Pinharanda and Ana Anacleto, Museu da Eletricidade, Lisbon, Portugal
- Canal Caveira, Cordoaria Nacional, Lisbon, Portugal
- Projeto Contentores, EDP Foundation, Lisbon, Portugal
- Baratácaro, (with Carla Filipe), Montra, Lisbon, Portugal
- Da Fábrica que desvanece a baía do Tejo, Seixal, Portugal
- Land Art, Quinta do Pisão, Cascais, Portugal
- António Filipe, Parkour, Lisbon, Portugal
- CAAPP, Paredes, Portugal2011Como Proteger-se do Tigre, 16a Bienal de Cerveira, Vila Nova de Cerveira, Portugal
- Junho das artes, Óbidos, Portugal
- Uma mesa e 3 cadeiras, Etic, Lisbon, Portugal
- Estados Gerais, Artecontempo, Lisbon, Portugal
- Prémio EDP Novos Artistas, Central Tejo, Lisbon, Portugal
- Avenida 211, 4th floor, Lisbon, Portugal
- Articulações, Allgarve, Algarve, Portugal
- Nota de Encomenda, Assírio e Alvim, Lisbon, Portugal
- Open Studio, ZDB, Lisbon, Portugal
- Out to Punch, Lisbon, Portugal
- Objecto simulacro, Hospital Júlio de Matos, Lisbon, Portugal
- Sim Não, Auditório de Serralves, Oporto, Portugal
- Ar.Co Almada, Lisbon, Portugal
- Intervenção na paisagem, Lavre, Portugal
- Telhado, Interpress, Lisbon, Portugal
- Exercício, Bartolomeu 5, Portugal
- Exercício, Galeria Fernando Santos, Garagem, Porto, Portugal
- Camas, Hospital Júlio de Matos, Lisbon, Portugal
- Penetrações, Bartolomeu 5, Lisbon, Portugal2002
- Ambientar-te, Leiria, Portugal
- 60 anos do H.J.M., Hospital Júlio de Matos, Lisbon, Portugal
- Prémio Vespeira, Montijo, Portugal2001
- Feira de Arte de Santander, Galeria Fábrica das Artes, Torres Vedras, Portugal
- Memórias de Cascais, Exílios do Estoril, CMC, Portugal
- Cristo na Arte, Fábrica das Artes, Torres Vedras, Portugal
- 750 anos, Galeria Fábrica das Artes, Torres Vedras, Portugal
- Centenário do Aquário Vasco da Gama, Lisbon, Portugal
- Mar, Lisbon, Portugal
- Obras s/papel, SNBA, Lisbon, Portugal
- Guerra e Paz, Quartel General de Sta. Margarida, Portugal
- Utopia – Pintura no Ar, Bienal de Cascais, Portugal


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