b. 1949, Portugal

João Penalva Biography

João Penalva is a Portuguese artist who has been living in the UK since studying at Chelsea School of Art in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Making art is his second career – in his first he was a dancer, working with Pina Bausch and Gerhard Bohner. His work betrays this history - it is primarily about storytelling through the partnership of images and elaborate often beguiling narratives. Penalva is known for making large-scale installations in various media, as well as more intimate works with video and slide projections, sound, drawing, painting and found materials. Through these media he addresses narrative modes and the relationships between images, text, language and sound. His storytelling is often fractured, presenting juxtaposed narrative elements, allowing the viewer a latitude of freedom in their interpretation.

João Penalva Featured Artworks

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Looking up in OsakaEbisu Higashi 2 cho-me, Naniwa-ku (#2) by João Penalva contemporary artwork photography, print
João Penalva Looking up in OsakaEbisu Higashi 2 cho-me, Naniwa-ku (#2), 2005–2006 Archival pigment print on Innova Smooth Cotton High White 315 gsm paper, dry-mounted on Alu Reynobond, acrylic glass, oak frame, unique
202.7 x 152.7 x 5.7 cm
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Back of a scenic floor cloth labelled ‘Act II’. Ball scene. Synthetic dyes on sized canvas by João Penalva contemporary artwork photography
João Penalva Back of a scenic floor cloth labelled ‘Act II’. Ball scene. Synthetic dyes on sized canvas, 2019 Archival pigment print on Hahnemühle Photo Rag 308 g, museum board, Plexiglass, oak frame
117.6 x 97.6 cm
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Scenic prop.Bird catcher’s cage.Cloth-wrapped PVC structure with cotton and polyester thread net. by João Penalva contemporary artwork photography
João Penalva Scenic prop. Bird catcher’s cage. Cloth-wrapped PVC structure with cotton and polyester thread net., 2019 Selenium toned lith silver gelatin print on Fomatone MG, museum board, Plexiglass, oak frame
70.6 x 60.6 cm
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Scenic flat being repaired.Cave scene.Water-based and synthetic dyes on seized canvas, water-based glue andnewspapers. by João Penalva contemporary artwork photography
João Penalva Scenic flat being repaired. Cave scene. Water-based and synthetic dyes on seized canvas, water-based glue and newspapers., 2019 Archival pigment print on Hahnemühle Photo Rag 308 g, museum board, Plexiglass, oak frame
117.6 x 97.6 cm
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Three lightbulbs, red, blue, and green by João Penalva contemporary artwork photography
João Penalva Three lightbulbs, red, blue, and green, 2003 Chromogenic print dry-mounted on Alu-Dibond, card, oak frame and museum glass
128 x 102 x 5 cm
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Modern Toys by João Penalva contemporary artwork photography
João Penalva Modern Toys, 2011 Two parts work. Part 1: silver bromide print on Ilford Warm Tone Glossy fibre paper. Part 2: pigment print on Hahnemühle Photo Rag 310g paper
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Display Stand, Sarkin Bequest no. 30 SD by João Penalva contemporary artwork photography
João Penalva Display Stand, Sarkin Bequest no. 30 SD, 2011 Two parts. Part 1: silver bromide print on Ilford Warm Tone Glossy fiber paper mounted on Dibond, maple frame, oak frame, museum board. Part 2: pigment print on Hahnemühle Photo Rag mounted on Dibond
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W1W 8QN by João Penalva contemporary artwork painting
João Penalva W1W 8QN, 2015 Archival pigment printing on linen dry-mounted on Alu-Dibond
226 x 150 cm
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João Penalva Recent Exhibitions

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João Penalva Represented By

Simon Lee Gallery contemporary art gallery in Hong Kong Simon Lee Gallery Hong Kong, London, New York

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