Lives and works at Cascais / Lisbon, Portugal
Paulo Arraiano (Portugal, 1977) has participated in several exhibitions, both solo and collective, national and international, including: "Point Of View", Pena Palace, (Sintra, Portugal), “Periplos", CAC Málaga Museum, (Málaga, Spain); ”Atemporal” Graphos Gallery (Rio De Janeiro, Brazil); “1/81”, Coa Museum, (V. N. Foz Côa, Portugal); "Down To Earth", The Dot Project Gallery, (London, Uk); "Fold/Fault", Forty/Forty Gallery, (Warsaw, Poland); "Re.Act”, Angra do Heroísmo Museum (Azores Islands), “G40”, Art.Whino Gallery, (Washington DC, USA), “C/E”, Egipt Palace Museum, (Oeiras, Portugal); “Djerbahood”, Curated By Galerie Itinerance, (Djerba, Tunisia); “Hifa”, Harare International Festival Of Art, (Harare, Zimbabwe); "(De)Nature", Curated By Pauline Foessel,(Comporta Portugal); “One Night Stand!”, Curated by Sandro Resende, Palácio do Freixo, (Porto, Portugal); “LaTour13”, Curated By Galerie Itinerrance (Paris, France); “Circles Of Hope”, Trädgården (Stockholm, Sweden); “GoWest”, WestBerlin Gallery (Berlin, Germany); “Spaces Within” Pure Evil Gallery (London, UK); “LaGa”, Museé d’Art Moderne (Luxembourg); “Circles Of Hope”, Scope, Miami Basel (Miami, USA); “G40”, Together Gallery (Portland, USA); “G40”,, Anno Domini Gallery (San José, CA, USA); National Building Museum, (Washington DC, USA); “MusaTour”, BBS Gallery (Tokyo, Japan); “UrbanLx”, Influx Contemporary Art (Lisbon, Portugal); “Between Walls”, António Prates Gallery (Lisbon, Portugal); “Are You Having a Crisis”, Curated By Sandro Resende, P28 (Lisbon, Portugal), among others. He has also participated in several artist residency programmes, such as LAC (Lagos, Portugal), Walk&Talk (Azores Islands), Transforma (Torres Vedras, Portugal), among others, as well as in countless international public art projects. His works are present in several Public Collections including: CAC Málaga Museum, Spain; Luciano Benneton Collection, Italy; Sztuki Zewnetrznej Fundation, Poland; Fundação D. Luís, Museum Quarter, Portugal And Pestana Group, Cidadela Art District, Portugal.Paulo Arraiano has a degree in Communication by ISCEM (Lisbon) and studied Painting at Ar.Co – Centro de Arte e Comunicação Visual (Lisbon).
FOLD/FAULT (Miguel Moore) A geological Fold occurs when one or a stack of originally flat and planar surfaces, such as sedimentary strata, are bent or curved as a result of permanent deformation. A geological Fault is a planar fracture or discontinuity in a volume of rock, across which there has been significant displacement as a result of rock mass movement. In the fast-paced frenzy that drives our contemporary societies, where thoughts and impulses are beamed by way of artificial satellites and express the paramount need to scroll through the snippets of information that make up the latest trends, the current post-digital, new-media generation is faced with the unprecedented shift from direct life experience to an artificial way of connecting/disconnecting with the natural/analogical world. This loss of sensorial reference and contemplation is increasingly contributing to distance human beings from the elements of the natural world. In this dazzling new reality, the pictorial tradition of landscape painting no longer seems apt to capture the intricate web of new significations emerging from cityscapes in the age of the global city. Delving deep into the contradictions and losses engendered by this new social and technological paradigm, Paulo Arraiano creates still frames similar to satellite images and plane views by way of physical motion and action painting, reconnecting the human body both physically and emotionally to the landscape. The Fold/Fault Series explores the creation of images perceived with the help of contemporary technology that somehow both connect and disconnect us from the physical and emotional relationship between our body and the landscape. By capturing some of the dramatic, primeval forces that bring the Earth's landscapes into being, this series highlights the intimate link that lies between human emotions and the gamut of energies that emanate from the surrounding environment. Impelled by the disquietude of living in a place which seems impossible to comprehend in full, giving rise to the condition that propels us to reinvent the way we both read and interpret it, Paulo Arraiano's abstract landscapes seek to express a condition before the appearance of the human element. His poetic visual reflections transport us to a state that precedes us, human beings, as a reference. And yet, it is by way of his humanity and for us, human beings, that these primal landscapes are wrought and consecrated on his canvasses. Countering the high-speed dazzle of the artificial with the slow-paced, yet truly formidable power of the natural