Born in Lisbon, 1977. Lives in Wien.



Hons B.A. in ESAD, Caldas da Rainha, Portugal
Master in Painting, Royal College of Art, London, UK


Solo exhibitions


Under the volcano, Sonae Art Cycles, MNAC - Chiado Museum, Lisbon, PT
Workplace Gallery, London, UK
Grotto, AV Festival, curated by Rebbecca Shatwell, Workplace Gallery, Gateshead, UK
I'll devour your eyes, Galerie Andreas Hueber, Vienna, AT

Passos dias a voar, Galeria Quadrado Azul. Porto, PT
The sun in darkness, Weingruell Gallery, Karlsruhe, DE
Someone a long time ago now, curated by Sophia Hao. Cooper Gallery, Dundee, UK (publication)
Dinosaur paintings, Art Los Angeles Contemporary, with Workplace Gallery, LA, US

Mirror Sea, Discoveries section with Workplace Gallery at Art Basel Hong Kong
Fierce: Riding the wave fiercely with no fear, Workplace Gallery, London, UK

Vesch, Galerie Nosbaum & Reding, Luxembourg, LU
Wound, Vesch. Vienna, AT
Spirit of the air, Wiener Art foundation, hosted by Kunstuero, Vienna, AT
Magma, Workplace Gallery, Newcastle, UK

Hugo Canoilas, ABC Berlin, Galeria Collicaliggregi , IT, Berlin, DE
The isle of the dead, Quadrado Azul Gallery, Porto, PT
Spoken words and white walls, Quadrado Azul Gallery, Lisbon, PT

Provisoriamente Definitivos ou definitivamente Provisórios, CCVF Guimarães, Guimarães, PT (catalogue)
Opere nomadi, Galeria Collicaligreggi, Catania, IT
Untitled (we can be altogether), curated by José Quaresma, MNAC - Chiado Museum, Lisbon, PT (catalogue)

A painting is getting its kicks, 1M3, Lausanne, CH
To fall in height, Galerie Nosbaum & Reding, Luxembourg, LU

Paisagens, Certamen Explum, Puerto Lumbreras, ES (catalogue)
A corridor between M and K, Quadrado Azul Gallery, Porto, PT (catalogue)

Endless Killing, curated by Chus Martinez. Huarte Contemporary Art Center, ES (catalogue)
Labyrinth, Galerie Nosbaum & Reding, Luxembourg, LU
Peinture , Sculpture, Architecture, Politique, Quadrado Azul Gallery, Lisbon, PT

Vota Octávio Pato - Ten reasons to be a member, curated by Tobi Maier, Frankfurter Kunstverein, Frankfurt, DE

Propaganda, Workplace Gallery, Newcastle, UK
English paintings and other works, organized by Vera Cortês Art Agency at the Painting Gallery of the King D. Luís, Ajuda Palace, Lisbon, PT

My fathers house (Project room), curated by Delfim Sardo, Belém Cultural Centre, Lisbon, PT

Group shows

Constructing Paradise, Austrian Cultural Forum New York, New York, US

Transitory materials - works from the PLMJ Foundation, curated by João Silvério, SNBA, Lisbon, PT

A foreign encounter, curated by Wolfgang Weileder, Galerie FOE 156, Munich, DE
Colore Uniti, curated by Angela Stief at Vienna Fair, Wien Messe, Vienna, AT
Another destination, curated by Stefan Bidner for Parallel Wien, Alte Post, Vienna, AT
Crocodile, curated by Jannis Varelas and Chris Rosa. Autocenter, Berlin, DE
Arquipélago, curated by Paulo Mendes at Matadouro, Porto, PT
Ficarra Contemporary Divan, curated by Giovane Iovane and Francesco Lucifora, Ficarra, IT (catalogue)
Dio Horia in Mykonos, curated by Marina Vranopoulou, Dio Horia, GR
Import Export, Skulpturinstitut, Vienna, AT
Dromosphere, Galleria Collicaligreggi, Catania, IT
Cold places, Galerie Andreas Hueber, Vienna, AT
Granpallazzo, curated by Ilaria Gianni. Palazzo Rospigliosi, Zaragolo, Rome, IT
Destination Wien, curated by Luca Lo Pinto, Nicholas Schaufausen, Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna, AT
Ciao!, Galleria Collicaligreggi, Catania, IT
Lesen, curated by Ingeborg Strobl, Kunstraum Niederösterreich, Vienna, AT (catalogue)
Time and mode, curated by Paulo Mendes and Emília Tavares, Pavilhão 31, Lisbon, PT (catalogue)
Performance Proletarians, organised by by Lili Reynaud-Dewar and Benjamin Valenza, broadcasted from Magasin-CNAC, Grenoble, FR

Arbeiter kehrt heim, Hugo Canoilas + Jannis Varelas, curated by Katharina Schendl, Franz Josefs Kai 3, 1010 Vienna, AT (former Bawag Contemporay)

Invited by Rosa,  Galerie Kamm, Berlin, DE
Was ist Kunst? - Mirrors of production, curated byTobi Maier, Galeria Jaqueline Martins, São Paulo, BR
Artists at Brussels, Galeria Quadrado Azul, Porto, PT
On Things On Minds, curated by Fabian Seiz and Irena Eden & Stijn Lernout, Kunstverein Schattendorf, Schattendorf, AT
Miarte - Milan Art Fair, Galeria Collicaligreggi, Milan, IT
Brussels Art Fair, Galeria Quadrado Azul, Brussels, BE
Dallas Art Fair, Workplace Gallery, Dallas, US
ARCO - Madrid Art Fair, Galeria Quadrado Azul, Madrid, ES

Are you still awake?, curated by Emília Tavares. MNAC - Chiado Museum, Lisbon, PT
Paradise Birds - 30th São Paulo Biennial - A iminência das poéticas, curated by Luiz Perez Oramas, Tobi Maier, André Severo and Isabela Villanueva ; Museum Casa do Bandeirante; São Paulo, BR (catalogue)
Drawing quote, curated by Nick Oberthaler, Pigna Project Space, Rome, IT
Porta Nigra, curated by Mark Kremer, Gallery Hidde van Seggelen, London, UK (catalogue)
Critical Alliances, organized by Marcus Proschek, Ekaterina Shapiro and Wolfgang Obermaier, HDLU - Croatian Artists Association, Zagreb, HR
Strata, curated by Francesco Stochi, Sammlung Lenikus, Vienna, AT
Roma Contemporary, Galeria Collicaligreggi, Rome, IT
Infinit tasks, curated by Paulo Pires do Vale, Calouste Gulbenkian Museum, Lisbon, PT (catalogue)
Beyond History, curated by Nuno Faria at José de Guimarães International Art Center, Guimarães, PT (catalogue)
CCC _ Collecting Collections and Concepts, curated by Paulo Mendes, European Capital of Culture, ASA Factory, Guimarães, PT (catalogue)
Art Brussels, Galerie Nosbaum&Reding, Brussels BE.
Miarte - Milan Art Fair, Galeria Collicaligreggi, Milan, IT
100 Artworks, 10 years: A selection from the PLMJ  Foundation Collection, curated by Miguel Amado. Fundação Arpad Szenes - Vieira da Silva, Lisbon, PT

Wallpaperism, curated  by Nick Oberthaler, Motel Campo, Carouge/Geneva, CH (catalogue)
ESAD 90 -10. 20 years of Fine Arts, Somafre building, Lisbon, PT (catalogue)
NeoSI: neue Situationiste Inter...nationale, Curated by Amer Abbas, Shattendorf Kunstverein, Shattendorf, AT
Just photography, curated by Bruce Haines, Martos Gallery New York, US
The days of this society are numbered, curated by Miguel Amado, Abrons Art Center, New York, US

Originalfunktional, curated by Stefan Bidner,  Wiener Art Foundation, Vienna, AT
Bienal PortugalArte10 - Personal freedom, curated by Johannes Vanderbeek, Pavilhão de Portugal Lisbon, PT
Entre Muros (Junho das Artes 10), curated by Filipa Oliveira, Óbidos, PT
Povo/ People , curated by João Manuel dos Santos, José Neves, João Pinharanda and Diana Adringa, EDP Foundation - Museu da Electricidade, Lisboa, PT (catalogue)
Drawing Time, curated by Marie Cozette, Galerie Poirel, Nancy - FRAC Lorraine, Metz FR
Broken fall (geometric), curated by Giovanni Iovane and Alessandra Pace at Enrico Astuni Studio, Bologna, IT (catalogue)
The Curve Line: Roaming around a Pancho Guedes? drawing, curated by Nuno Faria and Pedro Ressano Garcia, Allgarve, Vilamoura, PT
Diamonds on the shoe's sole, Galeria 102-100, Castelo Branco, Castelo Branco, PT
Don't stand so close to me, curated by Katharina Schendel and Ludwig Kittinger, Ragnarhof, Vienna, AT

KAAP, curated by Mark Kremer, Fort Ruigehoek, Utrecht, NL
Fiac 2009 (booth design with Christoph Meier) for Nosbaum & Reding Art Contemporain, Paris, FR
De Malangatana a Pedro Cabrita Reis - obras da CGD, curated by Jurgen Bock, CCC - Caldas da Rainha, Centro Cultural de Sines and Mosteiro de Tibães, PT
Opções e futuros - obras da Colecção PLMJ, curated by Miguel Amado, Museu da Cidade, Lisbon, PT (catalogue)
Republic or the Peoples's theatre - Estados gerais, Espaço A/C, Lisbon, PT(catalogue)
Landscape, Galerie Nosbaum & Reding Art Contemporain, Luxembourg, LU

All my favourite singers couldn´t sing..., Workplace Gallery, Gateshead, UK
8th Gyumri Biennial - parallel histories. Portuguese representation curated by Maria do Mar. Gyumri, Armenia, AR
Articulações, curated by Nuno Faria, Allgarve - organized by Serralves Museum , Antiga Fábrica da Cerveja, Faro, PT (catalogue)
Second nature, curated by Sabine Dorscheid, Dexia Bank, Luxembourg and Domaine de Chamarande, Chamarande, FR (catalogue)
Finisterra, curated by Maria do Mar, Centro Cultural S. Bartolomeu, PT (catalogue)

Dear painter paint me... with heart and reason, curated by Kaszás Tamás, Trafó Contemporay Art  Center, Budapest, HU
Antimonuments, curated by Miguel von Hafe Perez, AH Arte Contemporânea Gallery, Viseu, PT
More light than heat, curated by Jonathan Carrol, The Basement Gallery Town Hall, Dundalk, IE
Na vidraca há o ruído do diverso, Carmona e Costa Foundation, Lisbon, PT

2005 , curated by the finalists of the MA Curating , ICA - Institute of Contemporary Art, London, UK
Cubo, Hugo Canoilas e  Martinha Maia, Arte>contempo, Lisbon, PT

O um e o outro, curated by Pedro Cabrita Reis, Casa das Artes, Tavira, PT
Pintura, Galveias Palace, Lisbon, PT
Daniel Barroca, Gonçalo Barreiros, Hugo Canoilas e Virginia Mota, Bartolomeu 5, Lisbon, PT

Work, curated by Miguel Amado, Centro de Artes Visuais, Coimbra, PT (catalogue)
7 artists at the 10th month, curated by Miguel Amado, Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Lisbon, PT (catalogue)
Arte dos artistas, curated by António Pinto Ribeiro, Culturgest, Lisbon, PT (catalogue)
Continuação 3 - desenhos no século, curated by João Pinharanda, EDP Foundation at Sociedade Nacional das Belas Artes, Lisbon, PT (catalogue)

Organized projects

AkillsB (since 2007) with João Ferro Martins.

Mural Newspaper #3 (ongoing) with Miguel Ferrão  and Inês Castano. Painted on the walls of São Tomé e Príncipe (ST).

Mural Newspaper #2 (2011), Abrons Art Center, New York, US

Mural Newspaper #1 (2010). A0 printed sheets of paper posted in the streets of Lisbon, PT

Óbidos Newspaper (2010), 24 pages, black & white, A3 format. Distributed for free in the Municipality of Óbidos, PT

Ten days of collective art , with Vasco Costa. Cripta 747, Torino, IT

A Project (2008), with Maria do Mar Fazenda, Renata Sancho, Jorge Neves and Raimond Chaves, Lx Factory, Lisbon, PT

Morro Project (2007), with Vasco Costa at Projecto 270, Costa da Caparica, PT

Ambulant studio (2003-2004), street interventions Lisbon, PT

Participation in projects

Make a match (2013) with Ingela Johansson, curated by Katharina Schendel, Stockholm SE.
Nomadic Works (2012), artist publication for Life a Users Manual, curated by Luísa Santos, at Round the Corner, Lisbon PT.
Edition release (2011), Dienstag Abend von Ludwig Kittinger & Fernando Mesquita. Vesch, Vienna AT.
Not yet (2011), curated by Filipa Ramos and António Contador. The Barber shop, Lisbon. PT.
You are requested to close the eyes. Your are requested to close one eye (2010), Dienstag Abend von Ludwig Kittinger & Fernando Mesquita; Vesch, Vienna AT.
In den Straßen < Performatives/Sound/Aktion>(2010), curated by Martin Vesely; Vesch, Vienna AT.
O oráculo emudecido (2010) Hugo Canoilas and Andrea Brandão. Musa Paradisíaca - organized by Eduardo Guerra and Miguel Ferrão.
Museum display for the Falconry Museum (2009-2010). Organized by Atelier Educativo. Alter Foundation, Alter do Chão PT. With Nuno Faria, Rachel Korman, Nuno Luz, Joana Lamúrias, Ana Manso, Pedro Neves Marques, Tânia Nunes, André Romão and Gonçalo Sena.

Curated exhibitions

A show is a show is a show (2011), Cripta 747, Torino IT.
With Fabrizio Cosenza, Derek Di Fabio and Gemma Noris, Helena Hladilova, Salomé Lamas, Nils Meise, Wolfgang Obermair, Namsal Siedlecki, Sophie Dodelin, Katharina Schendl, Iacopo Seri and Dalila Vaz.

The poetics of life (2010), Galerie Dana Charkasi, Vienna AT.
With Andrea Büttner, Bruno Gironcoli, Ion Grigorescu, H.arta, Pedro Neves Marques, Fernando Mesquita, Michaela Moscouw and St. Auby Tamás.

Moholy -Telephone paintings and other works (2009). R. da Boavista Nº86. Lisbon PT.
With Aggetelek, Andrea Büttner, Nicholas Byrne, Marieke Coppens, Rósza El-Hassan, Jennifer Evans, Pedro Lagoa, Francisco Sousa Lobo, Raimond Chaves y Gilda Mantilla, Christoph Meier, Fernando Mesquita. Ute Müller, Carl Palm, Katharina Schendl, János Sugar Kaszás Tamás, Benjamin Valenza and Viola Yesiltac.

Quinze pintores (2003). Palácio do MArim Olhão. Lisboa PT.
With Martinha Maia, Miguel Moreira, Patrícia Reis and Catarina Verdier,
Um passo na floresta (2003). Antigos pavilhões HVC. Lisboa PT. (video-catalogue)
With Balin, Daniel Barroca, Nuno Carrusca, Luís Macedo, Martinha Maia, Jorge Santos, Tânia Simões, Ana Teresa

Galeria 30 dias (2001) with Balin and Luís Macedo. Caldas da Rainha PT. (catalogue)
With Balin, Daniel Barroca, Nuno Carrusca, Luís Macedo, Hugo Canoilas e Martinha Maia, Jorge Santos, Vasco Costa, Pedro Campos Rosado, Fernado Brízio, Gonçalo Pena, Ana Teresa, Pedro Cabrita Reis, José Miranda Justo, Xana, Catarina da Câmara Pereira and Ana Vieira.

Commissions and public works

Alegria no Trabalho. Mural painting, LX factory water deposit, Lisbon, PT
Sobre mim, public sculpture, S. Rafael tower entrance, Lisbon- Parque das Nações, PT
Crossing the Danube, painting of the Dome of The Lake Hotel, Albufeira, PT


IASPIS, Stockholm, SE
Lenikus, Vienna, AT
Fundação de Alter, Alter do Chão, PT
ZDB, Lisbon, PT
Budapest Galéria, Budapest, HU

Prizes, scholarships and fundings

Funding from the Triparty agreement (Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Arts Institute - Cultural Ministery and Luso American Foundation) to the Vota Octávio Pato exhibition at Frankfurter Kunstverein, Frankfurt, DE
Funding from the British Arts  Council to the Vota Octávio Pato exhibition at Frankfurter Kunstverein. Frankfurt, DE. Funding from the Triparty agreement (Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Arts Institute - Cultural Ministery and Luso American Foundation) to the Propaganda exhibition at Workplace Gallery, Newcastle, UK
Schoolarship from the Fine Art Service of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation for the Master in Painting at the Royal College of Art in London, UK
Funding from the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation to the "Margens" exhibition at Montijo Town Hall gallery, PT
1st prize, Francisco Wandschneider Award, ANJE, Porto, PT
1st prize for photography, Jov' arte, Loures

Public Collections

Sammlung Lenikus, AT
Bank of Spain, ES
Budapest Galeria, HU
Carmona e Costa Foundation, PT
CCB, Belém Cultural Center, PT
Caixa Geral de Depósitos Collection, PT
PCR  Collection (Pedro Cabrita Reis), PT
ANJE - Associação de Jovens Empresários Collection, PT
PLMJ Foundation, PT
Loures Town Hall, PT