The Art Vacancy

The Next Gen: Catarina Mantero

Visuals provided by: Ryan, The Art Vacancy

The Art Vacancy is pleased to present the second installment of The Next Gen series. The Next Gen gives artists the opportunity and resources to present a solo exhibition in collaboration with TAV. The show will feature Catarina Mantero.

Catarina Mantero, b. 1988 in Lisbon, is a New York-based artist who, through her youth in Portugal, developed a deep connection to the ocean. After graduating with a degree in communication and marketing, she soon realized her true passion was painting. Committed to pursuing her love for the arts, she enrolled in the Faculdade de Belas Artes da Universidade de Lisboa in 2012 to study painting. This was followed by an MFA at the New York Academy of Art.

"Monkey Bar" (2017), Acrylic and oil on canvas, 48"x96"

"Portal" (2018), Acrylic on canvas, 60"x72"

In the past two years Mantero has been granted two Academy Scholar awards, one Golden Foundation Award, and a teaching residency at Escuela de Diseño (affiliated with Parsons) in Altos de Chavon, Dominican Republic. She has been included in numerous international group shows, including “Take Home a Nude” at Sothebys NYC and “Art lab.munich” in Germany. Her work has also been featured in Time Out Magazine and Purple Fashion Magazine. The Next Gen: Catarina Mantero will be her first solo exhibition.

 

"The Lovers" (2018), Acrylic on canvas, 48"x48"

 

Mantero is fascinated by the fluidity and mystery of the human predicament. Throughout her artistic journey she has been deeply committed to the exploration of the infinite possibilities of paint, its texture, its application, and how these aspects combine and define an image and what that image means to an audience. Through the construction of transparent layers interspersed with personal iconographies, she builds up her surfaces – and their stories – as if playing with water.

Mantero looks for answers in the water, and in moments of her experience that transcend time and are never at rest, like water. Mantero brings forth allegorical compositions motivated by ideas of mortality, spirituality, and sexuality. Her work tantalizes the viewer, it continually invites questioning but never completely reveals itself, much as submerged objects, despite being distorted, are indelibly themselves.

 

"Tavira" (2018), Acrylic on paper collage on canvas 40"x30"


Academics

2017 - MFA Painting, New York Academy of Art, NY, USA

2015 - 3rd year BFA, Faculdade de Belas-artes da Universidade de Lisboa, Lisbon, PT

2009 - Bachelor, Business & Communication, Instituto Superior de Comunicação Empresarial, Lisbon, PT 

Exhibitions

2018 - Small Beauties, Era Contemporary, New York, US 2018 - Small Beauties, Era Contemporary, Philadelphia, US

2017 - Take Home a Nude, Sothebys, NY, US

2017 - Open Studios, Mana Contemporary, NJ, US 

2017 - Art-lab Munich, Galerie Benjamin Eck II, Munich, DE

2017 - Single Fare, Highline Stages, New York, US

2017 - About a Dream, ERA Contemporary, Philadelphia, US 

2017 - Ways Through it, Connect4Curators, New York, US

2017 - Deck the Walls, Wilkinson Gallery, New York, US

2017 - MFA thesis exhibition, New York Academy of Art, New York, US 

2017 - Tribeca Ball, New York Academy of Art, New York, US

2017 - Open Studios, New York Academy of Art, New York, US

2016 - Take Home a Nude, Sotheby's, New York, US 

2016 - TABIK'ART Sessions, Tabik , Lisbon, PT 

2016 - Tribeca Ball, New York Academy of Art, New York, US 

2016 - Open Studios, New York Academy of Art, New York, US 

2016 - Deck the Walls, Wilkinson Gallery, New York, US

2015 - Deck the Walls, Wilkinson Gallery, New York, US

2015 - Breaking the Ice, New York Academy of Art, New York, US 

2015 - Galerias Abertas, Faculdade de Belas-Artes da Universidade de Lisboa, Lisbon, PT 

2014 - Galerias Abertas, Faculdade de Belas-Artes da Universidade de Lisboa, Lisbon, PT 

Awards 

2017 - Teaching residency, Escola de diseño (Parsons), Altos de Chavon, DO

2017 - Golden Foundation Award, New York Academy of Art, New York, US 

2016 - Academy Scholar Award, New York Academy of Art, New York, US 

2015 - Academy Scholar Award, New York Academy of Art, New York, US 

Press

2017 - Studio Visit Magazine, Volume 39, US

2016 - Time Out Magazine, TABIK'ART Sessions coverage, Lisbon, PT

2016 - Purple Fashion Magazine, Tribeca Ball coverage, New York, US

2016 - NIT, Press release, "Há um novo brunch no Tabik e uma exposição", https://nit.pt ,  PT

2016 - Evasões, Press release, "Há um novo brunch à-la-carte em Lisboa inspirado por quadros de artistas",  https://www.evasoes.pt , PT

2016 - Visão,"Novos brunches para começar o dia devagarinho",  http://visao.sapo.pt , PT

2016 - Purple Fashion Magazine, Tribeca Ball coverage, New York, US

Relevant Experience

2018 - Teaching assistant, Anatomical Drawing, MFA, New York Academy of Art, New York, US

2017 - Teaching assistant, Steven Assael Masterclass, MFA, New York Academy of Art, New York, US

2017 - Teaching assistant, Will Cotton Masterclass, MFA, New York Academy of Art, New York, US

2017 - Teaching assistant, Alyssa Monks Workshop, New York Academy of Art, New York, US

2017 - Teaching assistant, Alchemical Painting, MFA, New York Academy of Art, New York, US