Francisco Tropa

Born in Lisbon, Portugal in 1968
Lives and works in Lisbon, Portugal

Portuguese artist Francisco Tropa (his country’s representative at the 2011 Venice Biennale) is the author of a complex body of work, freely combining a broad range of techniques, from the most basic skills to virtuoso tours de force. Mixing art and technical ingenuity, Tropa’s creative vision embraces prototypes and machines, but also paintings, screen prints, photography and performance. The result is a ‘world’ very much his own, nourished by diverse sources including a rigorously antihierarchical array of references, figures from the ancient and modern worlds, science and magic. (Text: Guillaume Désanges)