Sara Maia

Willingly ironic and provocative, Sara Maia, a young Lisboate artist, staged the big disorder of human passions in her paintings and frescos of drawings. Born to be alive, the title chosen for her new exhibition, well known to have been that of an international disco hit in late 70's, sets the tone. Like the character of the song, Maia rejects the sham, the ideal of perfection carried by images of advertisements, the reign of appearances and the blink-blink that governs our modern societies.
In her artistic work, she exploits the force of criticism of the grotesque and the symbolism, and she represents the world as a stage of theater where the relationships of love, of domination and of dependence take place between distorted beings, travestites, or even hybrid and transgender people. What matter is to remove the social varnish because underneath there are the intimate wars between will and desire, the civilized and the bestial, the good and the evil. Wars in which the stake is nothing less than the total fulfillment of our individuality. To take the risk of being  oneself, the risk of being "definitely alive", that is to take the risk of being caught out by its desires. As Jérôme Bosch in the XVth century or Max Beckmann more recently, Maia places us in front of this risk, less in order to denounce its excesses than to investigate its modalities and offer to the spectator the possibility of a cathartic experiment. And it's not insignificant that the artist takes the narrative of her art works from her country's folk tales and ancient mythologies, genuine melting pots of the collective unconscious. Thus, in the painting named : monkey ! the Beast would be a female monkey, the Beauty a man of good family, the love between them forever impossible or ridiculous, unless... The fables have a morality that paintings and drawings of Sara Maia do not say.

Audrey Koulinsky 

Nace en Lisboa, 1974. Vive e trabaja en Lisboa.

FORMACION 

  • 1991-97 Diplomada de Ar.Co (Centro de Arte e Comunicação Visual)

EXPOSICIONES INDIVIDUALES 

  • 2013 Aftermath - panel, Gulbenkian Foundation
  • 2013 Mural-Hostel Boutique Barcelona / Zoorooms
  • 2012 Biospace - Block T, Dublin
  • 2012 Born to be alive - Galerie Koulinsky Marseille & Paris 
  • 2011 Keep calm all you need is love - Artistic residency Artfunkl / UK-Manchester
  • 2011 Domestic Wild Life - City Museum, Lisbon (Portugal)
  • 2010 Role playing - Mosteiro de São Bento da vitória, TNSJ (National Theatre Oporto), Porto (Portugal) 
  • 2009 Love you dysfunctional - Ermida de Nº Senhora da Conceição, Lisbon (Portugal)
  • 2008 Projecto Finissage - Maus Hábitos, Oporto (Portugal)
  • 2007 Dog’s Sleep - Sala do Veado, Museo de Historia Natural, Lisbon (Portugal)
  • 2006 Cabeças de Palha - Galeria Fonseca Macedo,S.Miguel, Açores (Portugal)
  • 2005 Sete Dias - Galeria Artadentro, Capital da Cultura, Faro
  • 2004 Le coeur au bord des lévres - Galeria Patrice Trigano, Paris (France)
  • 2004 Drawings - Instituto Camões – Ambassade du Portugal, Paris (France)
  • 2003 Edifício Chiado, Museu da Cidade, Capital da Cultura 2003, Coimbra
  • 2002 Centro Cultural de Cascais, Aversão e riso , Cascais
  • 2001 Galeria Mário Sequeira, Happy Lady , Braga
  • 2001 Patriarcal – EPAL , Sara Maia, , Lisboa
  • 2000 Galeria Municipal de Montijo, Tédio, Montijo
  • 2000 Sala do Veado, Museu de História Natural, Tédio, Lisboa
  • 2000 Galerie Paula Fampa, Rumor, Braga
  • 1999 Galerie Ratton, Lisboa 
  • 1995 Banco Comércio e Indùstria, Lisboa
  • 1995 Casa dos Açores, Lisboa

EXPOSICIONES COLECTIVAS  

  • 2009 Novos ao 8itavo Mês - Pedro Serrenho Gallery, Lisbon (Portugal)
  • 2005 CAAM – Centro Atlantico de Arte Moderno, La Costilla Maldita, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria
  • 2005 Movimentos Perpétuos, Tributo a Carlos Paredes, Lisboa
  • 2004 Movimentos Perpétuos, Tributo a Carlos Paredes, Lisboa
  • 2002 Culturgest, Lisboa, Novas Aquisições da Culturgest
  • 2001 Galeria Mário Sequeira, Nova Figuração, Braga
  • 2001 Museu de Arte Moderna – Colecção Berardo, Pique-Nique, Sintra
  • 2000 Museu Nogueira da Silva, Braga
  • 2000 Exposição da Colecção de Obras da Galeria Desenho, Estremoz
  • 1999 Prémio Amadeo de Sousa Cardoso, Museu de Amarante, Amarante
  • 1999 Quinta da Cruzadas, Sintra
  • 1999 Prémio Bienal do Montijo, Montijo
  • 1997 Ar.Co’97, Solar dos Zagalos, Almada
  • 1996 SNBA, Diversidades, Lisboa
  • 1996 Ar.Co´96, Solar dos Zagalos, Almada
  • 1993 Prémio de Pintura João Barata, Lisboa
  • 1993 Banco Comercial de Macau, Revelações 93, Porto
  • 1992  Prémio de Pintura Fidelidade, Biblioteca Nacional, Lisboa

FERIAS

  • 2005 Galeria Patrice Trigano, Bolonha
  • 2004 Galeria Patrice Trigano, FIAC, Paris
  • 2004 Galeria Patrice Trigano, ARCO, Madrid
  • 2003 Galeria Patrice Trigano e Galeria Mário Sequeira, ARCO, Madrid
  • 2003 Galeria Mário Sequeira, Cáceres
  • 2003 Galeria Mário Sequeira, Feira Internacional de Cologne, Colónia
  • 2002 Galeria Mário Sequeira, Fac, Lisboa
  • 2002 Galeria Mário Sequeira, ARCO, Madrid
  • 2002 Galeria Mário Sequeira, Cáceres
  • 2002 Galeria Mário Sequeira, Feira International de Cologne, Colónia
  • 2001 Galeria Mário Sequeira, FAC – Feira de Arte Contemporânea, Lisboa
  • 2001 Galeria Mário Sequeira, ARCO, Madrid
  • 2001 Galeria Mário Sequeira, Cáceres
  • 2001 Galeria Mário Sequeira, Feira International de Cologne, Colónia

PREMIOS

  • 2000 Drawing award “Bienal do Montijo”
  • 1993 3ird Prize in painting “Fidelidade”
  • 1993 Distinction “Prémio João Barata”

COLECIONES 

  • Coleccione Banco Privado, Lisboa
  • Coleccione Berardo, Museu de Arte Moderna, Sintra
  • Coleccione Caixa Geral de Depósitos, Lisboa
  • Coleccione de Obras da Galeria Desenho, Estremoz
  • Coleccione Mário Sequeira, Braga
  • Coleccione Vítor Madeira, Lisboa
  • Coleccione João Rendeiro, Lisboa
  • Coleccione Sáragga Leal, Lisboa
  • Coleccione P.L.M.J., Lisboa
  • Coleccione Juan Bartez, Madrid

Sara Maia, site specific drawing
Sara Maia, site specific drawing
Sara Maia, O aconchego (confort / cosiness), 2009, acrylic on canvas, 250 x 200 cm
Sara Maia, The young dictator, 2011, acrylic on canvas
Sara Maia, music box 1 (interior), 2011, wooden white box with black China ink drawings, 2 x 3,75 x 2,5 m - Pièce unique
Sara Maia, music box 1 (detail), 2011, wooden white box with black China ink drawings, 2 x 3,75 x 2,5 m - Pièce unique
Sorte macaca (Monkey!), 2009, acrylic on canvas, 245 x 200 cm
Strip Tease, 2009, acrylic on canvas, 200 x 200 cm
Sara Maia, Love you disfunctional, 2009, acrylic on canvas, 250 x 200 cm
Sara Maia, music box 2 (entrance), 2011, wooden white box with black China ink drawings, 2 x 2,5 x 2,5 m - Pièce unique
Sara Maia, music box 2 (interior), 2011, wooden white box with black China ink drawings, 2 x 2,5 x 2,5 m - unique piece
Sara Maia, music box 2 (interior), 2011, wooden white box with black China ink drawings, 2 x 2,5 x 2,5 m - unique piece
Sara Maia, untitled, 2007, black China ink on paper, 56 x 76 cm
Sara Maia, untitled, 2007, black China ink on paper, 56 x 76 cm
Sara Maia, untitled, 2007, black China ink on paper, 56 x 76 cm - coll. privée