Francisco Tropa

Francisco Tropa was born in Lisbon in 1968. He studied sculpture at Ar.Co – Centro de Arte e Comunicação Visual in Lisbon from 1987 to 1992, at the Royal College of Arts of London in 1992 and at the Kunstakademie Münster in 1995 and 1996.

Since his first individual exhibition in 1991, Francisco Tropa’s artistic output has focused mainly on sculpture, although drawing, the performing arts and more recently photography and film have become frequent and significant modes of expression in his artistic imagination and practice.

Tropa’s work has earned widespread critical and institutional acclaim and he is now considered one
of the most unique and idiosyncratic figures on the Portuguese art scene. Individual shows of his work
have been put on at major national contemporary art centres such as the Serralves Museum (1998), the Modern Art Centre of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation (2003) and Culturgest (2006). He has also taken part in international landmark events, among them the São Paulo Biennial (1999), the Melbourne Biennial (1999), Manifesta (2000) and the 2003 Biennale di Venezia, where he was invited to join the central exhibition ‘Dreams and Conflicts’ by head curator Francesco Bonami. In 2011, besides taking part in the 54th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia, the artist will be present at the upcoming Istanbul Biennial.

Francisco Tropa currently lives and works in Lisbon.





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