Painter to Porto - Portugal
Born in 1971, Joana Vasconcelos is a Portuguese visual artist with a career spanning over 30 years, recognized for her monumental sculptures and immersive installations.
Decontextualizing everyday objects and updating the arts and crafts concept for the 21st century, she establishes a dialogue between the private sphere and public space, popular heritage and high culture. With humor and irony, she questions the status of women, consumer society and collective identity.
The recipient of more than 30 awards, in 2009 she received the rank of Commander of the Order of Infante D. Henrique by the Presidency of the Portuguese Republic and in 2022 she became an Officer of the Order of Arts and Letters by the French Ministry of Culture. From Lisbon to the world, since 2006 she manages the Atelier Joana Vasconcelos with about 50 employees and, in 2012, she created the Joana Vasconcelos Foundation to grant scholarships, support social causes and promote art for all.