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Francisco Vidal

Angolan-Portuguese, b. 1978

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Francisco Vidal

Angolan-Portuguese, b. 1978

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Born in Portugal to Cape Verdean and Angolan parents, Vidal identifies as both African and a product of the diaspora and cultural fusion. Postcolonial personhood is the main focus of his art, which explores themes of creolism, mixed identities, and transcultural currents. Vidal’s drawings, sculptures, and installations are marked by a visual lexicon that builds on Cubist portraits by Pablo Picasso, ethnographic photography, and African fabrics, as well as the bold, calligraphic lines of graffiti and street art. Vidal’s large-scale portraits are composed of layered sheets of paper, highlighting their status as both objects and paintings, and evoking an architectural physicality. Across mediums, Vidal balances technical precision with expressive freedom, creating emotive artworks that are rooted in a will to survive and the acknowledgement of historical traumas.

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Group show at a major institution
MoMA PS1
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Venice Biennale National Pavilion, and 2 more
Biography

Born in Portugal to Cape Verdean and Angolan parents, Vidal identifies as both African and a product of the diaspora and cultural fusion. Postcolonial personhood is the main focus of his art, which explores themes of creolism, mixed identities, and transcultural currents. Vidal’s drawings, sculptures, and installations are marked by a visual lexicon that builds on Cubist portraits by Pablo Picasso, ethnographic photography, and African fabrics, as well as the bold, calligraphic lines of graffiti and street art. Vidal’s large-scale portraits are composed of layered sheets of paper, highlighting their status as both objects and paintings, and evoking an architectural physicality. Across mediums, Vidal balances technical precision with expressive freedom, creating emotive artworks that are rooted in a will to survive and the acknowledgement of historical traumas.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Group
Group show at a major institution
MoMA PS1
Fair
Included in a major biennial
Venice Biennale National Pavilion, and 2 more
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Francisco Vidal Imagines the Artist as a Machine and the Studio as a Workshop
Nov 16th, 2015
Francisco Vidal Imagines the Artist as a Machine and the Studio as a Workshop
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