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Born in 1989 Pedro Matos lives and works in Lisbon. He studied at Central Saint Martins University of Arts (London) and AR.CO – Centro de Arte e Comunicação Visual (Lisbon).
The work of Pedro Matos is rooted in the existing porosity between abstraction and representation, one always on the edge of the other, to invest a contemplative feeling. It is this material from reality, underestimated and neglected, that becomes a relic of the ordinary. Paradoxically, it is not after nature but from the image that the pictorial gesture exceeds the time that flows between the initial fleeting gesture and the image, capturing its already abstract decay. What might seem to be hesitating between the figurative and its opposite resolve itself in a painting with a more metaphysical sentiment.

Public Collections

National Army Museum, London, United Kingdom

Guarda Museum, Guarda, Portugal

Biblioteca Nacional de Portugal, Lisbon, Portugal

MARCC Museum, Cascais, Portugal

Bech Risvig Collection, Aarhus, Denmark



    When We’re Gone, text by Scandale project, pal project, Paris, France

  • 2019

    Mindlessness, curated by The Dot Project, PRISME, Paris, France

  • 2017

    At once familiar and completely alien, Eduardo Secci Contemporary, Florence, Italy

  • 2016

    Less Than Objects, Galeria Presença, Porto, Portugal

    Less Than Objects, Galeria Underdogs, Lisbon, Portugal


    I Hold The Wheel To Let It Go, Galerie Clemens Gunzer, Pörtschach am WörtherSee, Austria

    Deflatable Aesthetics – Hawaii-Lisbon, Balcony Contemporary Art Gallery, Lisbon, Portugal

  • 2019

    Pausa – Basment, Esquina, Lisbon, Portugal

    Artist Book Gallery, Galeria Nuno Centeno, Porto, Portugal

  • 2018

    Abstract : Reality, The Saatchi Gallery, London, United Kingdom

    Reconstructed From Memory, FF Projects, San Pedro, Mexico

    BTS (Back to School), Travessa da Ermida, Lisbon, Portugal

    Stitching The Cracks, Kristin Hjellegjerde Gallery, London, United Kingdom

    Beneath The Surface, Eduardo Secci Contemporary, Florence, Italy

    Interior Motive(s), MPV Gallery, Den Bosch, Netherlands

    The Unbearable Lightness of Being, The Court, Pescara, Italy

  • 2017

    Jacana’s frontal shield or frontal as shields are frontal, The Workbench International, Milan, Italy

    Selected works from The Bech Risvig Collection, Huset for Kunst og Design, Holstebro, Danemark

    Out of Office, curated by Aujourd’hui – Hawaii-Lisbon, Lisbon, Portugal

  • 2016

    Preparations For A Journey, FF Projects, San Pedro, Mexico

    Aujourd’hui je dis oui, curated by Aujourd’hui and Domenico de Chirico, Galeria Boavista, Lisbon, Portugal

    Down To Earth, The Dot Project, London, United Kingdom

  • 2015

    1/81, Museu do Côa, Vila Nova de Foz Coa, Portugal

    Just because they don’t do what we do it doesn’t mean it’s wrong, The Gallery Wrong Weather, Porto, Portugal

    Where there’s something hiding beneath the surface, curated by Domenico de Chirico, Bid Project, Milan, Italy

    (De)Nature, curated by Pauline Foessel, Comporta, Portugal

  • 2013

    Warrior Saints – National Army Museum, London, United Kingdom

  • 2012

    Re:Define – The Goss-Michael Foundation, Dallas, United-States

  • 2011

    Impetus – University of Arizona Museum of Art, Arizona, United-States


  • 2020

    PATOUE, François, RICOU, Sébastien, pal mag. ISSUE #01 – TOUJOURS, cat. expo, pal project, Paris, 2020.

    “B.T.S. (Back To School)”, Stolen Books, Lisbon

    “Underdogs artists – a decade [2010_2020], Underdogs Gallery, Lisbon

  • 2018

    “Abstract : Reality”, Saatchi Gallery, London

  • 2017

    “Art Is”, Scandale Project, Paris

  • 2016

    “Pedro Matos”, Underdogs Gallery, Lisbon

  • 2015

    “1/81”, Museu do Côa, Vila Nova de Foz Côa

  • 2012

    “Re:Define”, The Goss Michael Foundation, Dallas

    “Heritage”, Ivory&Black Editions, London

    “Verantwortung für die Stadt Beiträge für ein neues Miteinander”, B&S, Berlin

  • 2011

    Maximiliano Ruiz, “Walls & Frames”, Gestalten, Berlin


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