Sofia Areal
(Lisbon, 1960)

Is one of the most important Portuguese visual artists of her generation. She began her training in 1979 at the Hertfordshire College of Art and Design in St Albans, UK. In Portugal she studied etching and painting at Ar.Co. (Art and Visual Comunication Center).

Her first group exhibition was in 1982 at the 1ª Mostra de Artes in Lagos, Portugal and her first solo show was in 1990 at Galeria Alda Cortez, Lisbon. Since then, Sofia has exhibited in various countries individually and collectively. She had a retrospective exhibition covering the last 10 years of her career in 2011 at the Galeria da Cordoaria Nacional and in 2012 was awarded the Femina prize for the visual arts.

Her work is represented in several important collections such as: CAM – Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Lisbon; Serralves Foundation, Porto; Caixanova Foundation, Pontevedra; FEVAL, Cáceres; Funchal Museum of Comtemporary Art, Funchal; Carmona e Costa Foundation, Lisbon; Casa da Cerca Comtemporary Art Center, Almada; Banco Espírito Santo Collection, Lisbon; Millennium BCP Foundation, Lisbon; Coleção Cachola, Elvas.


Sofia Areal