Ana Manso (1984) lives and works in Lisbon. Her practice is closely tied with the medium of painting and the painterly surface, which serves as a point of departure for the artist’s exploration of frequently appropriated and abstracted forms. Her paintings are realized through the process of layering and accumulation, the juxtaposition of which, both reveals and conceals parts of her painterly process and suggest a revised reading of the medium as such, may this be through the sculptural or through the cinematic. Her recent body of work brings a new and darkened color pallet, with a more complex language of abstraction. The structure of the painterly surface becomes more dense and worked. Although faithful to the field of the non-representational, a tendency to repeat a body of patterns and signs becomes pertinent in the artists work, challenging thus the borders and pushing the limits of our understanding of what remains and what no longer is abstract.
Ana Manso has studied painting at the Art Academy in Lisbon. Her work has been exhibited at Museu Serralves (Oporto), FUTURA Centre for Contemporary Art (Prague), Spike Island (Bristol), Chiado 8 – Arte Contemporânea (Lisbon), Museo Nazionale di Capodimonte (Naples), Fondazione Rivolidue (Milan) or Museu da Electricidade (Lisbon) among others. Her works are part of the collection of Museu Serralves (Oporto), Museu de Arte Contemporânea de Elvas (Elvas, Portugal) or the Câmara Municipal de Lisboa (Lisbon) among others.