Residency Unlimited


2022 | NYC | Artist

Sara Bichão

Photo by Carolina Vieira, 2021. Courtesy of Porta33 and the artist.

Artist Name: Sara Bichão
Residency Dates: October - November 2022
Born: 1986
Hometown: Lisbon
Lives & Works: Lisbon
URL: | Instagram: @sarabichao
2011 | Bachelor or Arts in Painting, Faculty of Fine Arts at University of Lisbon
2008 | Master of Arts in Painting, Faculty of Fine Arts at University of Lisbon


Sara Bichão moves mainly around the subjects of memory, nature and bodiness. Her working process binds with emotional channels: to heal, to purge, to perpetuate, to play. The works are sculptural with a chromatic atmosphere specific to its own, which at times, are activated by the artist through performative actions. The materials used are often collected/offered/stolen, or come from other recycled and organic resources. More recently, Bichão has also been exploring experimental writing.

Bichão was previously an artist-in-residence at Residency Unlimited in 2012, and has attended other residencies over the past years including: Finisterrae (2022, Ouessant, FR); Porta 33 (2020, Madeira, Portugal); Cité Internationale des Arts (2019, Paris, FR); Artistes en Résidence (2017, Clermont Ferrand, FR). She received scholarships from the French Institute (2019, 2022), the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation (2014) and the Luso-American Foundation (2022).

A selection of her solo shows include: Before I Get Sick at MEEL, Press (2021, Lisbon); What is the thing, What is it at Galeria Filomena Soares (2020, Lisbon); Find me, I kill you at Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation (2018, Lisbon); Coastal at Barbara Davis Gallery (2017, Houston); My Sun Cries at Portuguese Foundation of Communications (2016, Lisbon); Somebody’s Address at Rooster Gallery (2014, New York).

Some of her past group shows include: Twin Islands at Passerelle Centre d’art contemporain (2022, Brest); Traverser la nuit: Works From the Antoine de Galbert Collection at Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology (2022, Lisbon); Performance 0 at BoCA – Biennial of Contemporary Arts (2021, Lisbon & Almada); Clorophilia at Porta33 (2021, Funchal & Madeira); Storytelling at Musée d'art contemporain de Lyon (2019, Lyon); Un pyjama pour deux at Passages Centre for Contemporary Art in Troyes (2019, Tryoes); CHAMA at Atelier-Museu Júlio Pomar (2018, Lisbon); What I am at Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology (2017, Lisbon); }{ { } at Diagrama (2015, Mexico City); Eccentric Exercise II at Kulturni Centar Beograda (2015, Belgrade); Soundless Harmonies at Rita Urso Gallery (2014, Milan); Extending The Line at Arevalo Gallery (2012, Miami).

Bichão was awarded with the Drawing Prize FLAD (finalist, 2021), Anteciparte’09 (finalist, 2009), Fidelidade Mundial - Jovens Pintores (2009), BPI - FBAUL (2008).

Her work is part of art collections such as: Antoine de Galbert Collection, France; CACE (State’s Collection of Contemporary Art); FLAD (Luso American Foundation); PLMJ Foundation; EDP - MAAT Foundation; Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation; Carmona e Costa Foundation; MidFirst Bank, Arizona, USA.

Support: Sara Bichão’s residency is made possible with support from Luso-American Development Foundation (FLAD).