"A session of intense, yet harmonious selection. The debates took place in front of a set of 100 artists, copyright known representative of Portuguese art and culture. The works of selection were guided by the emerging values of the contemporary visual expression: between the image and the concept; among the material elements characteristic and the signs; between creativity and innovation – in the language. Understood the artistic universes, critical and curatorial, the jury members were committed to setting up a clear Panel of the current Portuguese art that, trough the Portugal Now project, should be presented to the world. It's a win for the artists, for the visibility to be provided to their artistic qualities; wins the system of contemporary art, in its mission to establish sensitive communications to contemporary subjects ".

Marcos Rizolli

Marcos Rizolli (Campinas / São Paulo - Brazil, 1959)


University Professor; Researcher in Arts; Art Critic; Independent curator; Visual Artist.

Teacher-Researcher at the Graduate Program in Education, Art and History of Culture at the Presbiteriana University Mackenzie (São Paulo - Brazil).


Degree in Art Education with Full Qualification in Fine Arts (1980), from the Catholic University of Campinas; Master (1993) and PhD (1999) in Communication and Semiotics: Arts, from the Catholic University of São Paulo; Post-Doctor of Arts (2012), from the Arts Institute of the University Estadual Paulista (UNESP).

Guest researcher at the Department delle Arti Visive, Università Degli Studi in Bologna - Italy; Guest professor at the Universidad de Las Americas in Puebla - Mexico; Guest professor at the Istituto Brasile-Italia (IBRIT) in Milano - Italy; Guest Professor at the Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Porto - Portugal.


Art critic with permanent performance - has published about 600 articles in newspapers, magazines, catalogs, conference proceedings and books - in Brazil and abroad; Collaborator in several communication channels , acting as Art and Culture Editor; Has continually presenting and coordinating lectures, conferences, courses and workshops - at universities, Art Museums and Cultural Centers.


Independent curator - has organized about 80 exhibitions, art salons and Cultural Events - in Brazil and abroad. It has developed also various art projects - among Academic and Cultural.

Visual artist - has 08 Solo Exhibitions been held and more than 80 Interests Collective - in Brazil and abroad. It operates in the field of expressive Contemporary Reprographics.


Member: National Association of Researchers in Fine Arts (ANPAP); the Brazilian Association of Creativity and Innovation (CRIABRASILIS); Art Critics of São Paulo Estate Association (APCA); the Professional Association of Visual Artists - São Paulo (APAP); the Brazilian Society for the Progress of Science (SBPC).



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E-mail: portugalnow2015@gmail.com


Supported by The Portuguese Embassy