Pedro Cabrita Reis was born in Lisbon in 1956, where he lives and works. Having received wide international recognition, his work is crucial for the understanding of the new paradigm in sculpture that has come about since the middle of the 1980s. His complex oeuvre is marked by a highly individualized philosophical and poetic discourse, and encompasses a variety of media:
painting, sculpture, photography and site-specific installations composed of found and manufactured objects. Using simple materials, Pedro Cabrita Reis recycles through constructive processes, almost anonymous memories of primordial gestures and actions that we repeat every day. His works touch on issues of space, architecture and memory, with a suggestive power of association that goes beyond the visual to a metaphorical level.
He has participated in many important international exhibitions. Among others, his work was shown at Documenta IX Kassel in 1992, at 22nd and 24th São Paulo Biennales, respectively in 1994 and 1998, at the Venice Biennale Aperto in 1997. In 2003 he represented Portugal at the Venice Biennale. Since then his work has been featured in many museum exhibitions such as: “Sometimes one can see the clouds passing by”, Kunsthalle Bern, 2004, “Stillness”, Camden Arts Centre, London, 2004, “True Gardens #3 (Dijon)”, FRAC Bourgogne, Dijon, 2005, “Pedro Cabrita Reis”, Museo d'Arte Contemporanea Roma, 2006, “La ciudad de adentro”, OPA, Guadalajara, 2007, “True Gardens #6”, Kunsthaus Graz, 2008, “Pedro Cabrita Reis”, Fondazione Merz, Turin, 2008, “La Línea del Volcán”, Museo Tamayo, Mexico City, 2009, “Xe Biennale de Lyon – The Spectacle of the Everyday”, Lyon, 2009, “One after another, a few silent steps”, Hamburger Kunsthalle, Hamburg, 2009, “Deposição”, Pinacoteca de São Paulo, 2010, “L'un après l'autre, quelques pas silencieux”, Carré D’Art, Nîmes, 2010, “Pedro Cabrita Reis. One after another, a few silent steps”, M Museum, Leuven, 2011, “One after another, a few silent steps” no Museu Colecção Berardo, Lisboa, 2011 and “States of Flux – Pedro Cabrita Reis”, Tate Modern, London, 2011.