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João Biscainho (Portalegre, 1979), is an artist and curator. He is currently a PhD candidate in Culture Studies at The Lisbon Consortium, Universidade Católica de Lisboa. He was awarded a doctoral scholarship by the Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia for his PhD thesis “Energy In The Ethereal Regions.
When Art Merges With The Hertzian Space”. From 2012 to 2017 he was assistant curator at the Leal Rios Foundation where he was responsible for curatorial projects, exhibitions and collection management. He has a Degree in painting from the Faculdade de Belas Artes de Lisboa (2006) and a Masters in museology from the Universidade Nova de Lisboa (2012), with the thesis “Experiencing Cinema”: Exhibition and Conservation. In search of “authentic perfomance”. In 2009 he created Gate Galleries at Imagegate Lda. the first contemporary art guide in Portugal, a project he directed until the end of 2011. As an artist, his work has been exhibited in individual and collective exhibitions in venues such as Galeria Fundação Amélia de Mello UCP (PT); Appleton (PT); Chauffeur (AU); SE8 Gallery (UK); Galeria Municipal do Porto (PT); Galeria Quadrum (PT); Fórum Braga (PT); Carpe Diem Arte & Pesquisa (PT); Fundação Carmona e Costa (PT); Whitechapel Art Gallery (UK); and Luís Serpa Projectos (PT) among others.

Education/Academic qualification

Master, Museology, NOVA University Lisbon


Bachelor, Painting - Fine Arts (5 year Bachelor), University of Lisbon


External positions

Independent Curator

2018 → …

Assistant Curator, Leal Rios Foundation

Jan 2012Feb 2018

Gate Galleries Director, Imagegate Uni.

Sept 2009Dec 2011

Intern, Câmara Municipal Portalegre

Sept 2008Aug 2009

Visual Artist

1979 → …


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