Born in Viseu, in 1951. Lives and works in Lisbon. Graduation in Sculpture from ESBAL, Lisbon. Attended the course ‘Design de Equipamento’, at ESBAL, Lisbon.
Her first solo exhibition ‘Pedras em Castelo’, was presented in 1984, in the Museum Tavares Proença Júnior, Castelo Branco.
Director of Sculpture Production and Design at Madein, Alenquer, from 1987 to 1996.
Belongs to the studies group of Atelier Fidalga, S. Paulo, Brazil, since 2010.
The artist, from the time of her work with stone, has been exploring themes and forms that are primordial: the box, the bowl, the boat, the house. In the course of her work, the artist has delved into the subjective and the universal nature of those models, and has integrated them into a sense of itinerary and travel, of an understanding of the landscape and the presence of the word: texts, the drawing of maps and mountains complete her circuit of understanding and representation of the world.
In recent years she had several individual exhibitions, notably: ‘Itenerário da Mente Para a Luz’, Mosteiro de São Bento, S. Paulo, Brazil (2012); ‘Rotter’, public sculpture, Parque de Escultura Contemporânea Almourol, de Vila Nova da Barquinha (2012); ‘LA Montaña Mágica/Der Zauberberg’, Galeria Magda Bellotti, Madrid (2012); ‘Fotografos Viajantes & Viagens de Fotografos’, Plataforma Revolver 2, VPF, Lisbon (2011); ‘Frames E Mares, SESC’, Caruaru, Pernambuco, Brasil (2011).
Among the collective exhibitions she took part in, a special note to: ‘Pinta 2011, The Modern & Contemporary Latin American Art’ with the Gal. Magada Bellotti, London (2011); ‘Ii’s a Kind of Lisbon Magic’, at AR-PAB, Lisbon (2011); ‘Intervenção Artística’ at the Onyria Marinha Hotel & Talasso, Cascais (2011); ‘Intervenção na Paisagem’, Safira, Alentejo (2011); ‘A Propósito da Natureza’, Casa da Cerca, Almada (2011); FAC with Galeria Fonseca Macedo, Lisbon (2011); ‘Colectiva’, Galeria Fonseca Macedo, Ponta Delgada (2011); ‘…And Then Again…’, Museu da Cidade, Pavilhão Preto, Lisbon (2010); ‘Welcame’, Laboratório #5, Fundação Ricardo Espírito Santo Silva, Lisbon (2010); ‘Cabinet D’amateur’, Museu de História Natural – Sala do Veado, Lisbon (2010); ‘Cascais Natura- Land Art’, Quinta do Pisão, Cascais (2010); ‘Arte Em Segredo’, FBAUP, Porto (2010); ‘Laura, antes de mais existem coisas muito fáceis de fazer’, Casa Bernardo, Caldas da Rainha (2010); ‘Livros de Artista’, Galeria Diferença, Lisbon (2010); ‘Pieces And Parts’, Plataforma Revolver, VPF, Lisbon (2010).
Cristina Ataíde has received several awards in Portugal and Spain and is represented in several public collections, including: Centro de Arte Moderna - Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian, Lisbon; Colecção da Caixa Geral de Depósitos, Lisbon; Fundação P.L.M.J., Lisbon; Coleção António Cachola, Elvas; Banco Espírito Santo, Lisbon; Colecção Casa da Cerca, Centro de Arte Contemporânea, Almada; Colecção Unión Fenosa, La Coruña, Spain; Hotel Açores Lisboa, Grupo Bensaude, Lisbon; Centre d’Art Contemporain d’Essaouira, Marroc.