Fernanda Fragateiro (Montijo, 1962) lives and works in Lisbon.
The work of Fernanda Fragateiro is characterized by a keen interest in 20th-century avant-garde practices in art and architecture, an interest which informs own work, often taking the form of subtle alterations of existing landscapes and objects in order to reveal the hidden stories within them. While drawing on a wide range of references, Fragateiro’s work maintains a strong signature style, born of an economy of means and a meticulous minimalist aesthetic of form, color and surface texture.
Throughout her career Fragateiro’s primary media have been sculpture and installation, although she frequently creates interventions into public space in the form of gardens, outdoor sculptures, collaborations in architectural projects and works that draw on public participation.
Fragateiro’s work has been exhibited at Anozero – Biennial of Contemporary Art of Coimbra (Coimbra, 2017), Museu de Arte, Arquitectura e Tecnologia (Lisbon, 2017), Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea de Roma (2017), Fundação Eugénio de Almeida (Evora, 2017, 2015), Palm Springs Art Museum (2016), Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian (Lisbon, 2016, 2012, 2004; Paris, 2013; London, 2013), CaixaForum (Barcelona, 2016, 2004), Orlando Museum of Art (2015), Palais des Beaux-Arts de Paris (2015), Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, Harvard University (Cambridge, 2015), Krannert Art Museum (Champaign, 2015), CIFO Art Space (Miami, 2014), Bronx Museum (New York, 2014), Mitxelena Kulturunea (San Sebastian, 2014), MUAC Museo Universitario Arte Contemporáneo (Mexico City, 2014), Dublin Contemporary (2011), Lisbon Architecture Triennale (2010) Institut Valencià d’Art Modern (Valencia, 2008); Centro Cultural de Belém (Lisbon, 2007); Centro Galego de Arte Contemporánea (Santiago de Compostela, 2006), Fundação de Serralves (Porto, 2005), Culturgest (Lisbon, 2003).
Her work is featured in several public collections such as: The Ella Fontanals Cisneros Collection, Miami; Fundación Neme, Bogotá; Fundação de Serralves, Porto; Fundação EDP, Lisbon, Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian, Lisbon; António Cachola Collection, Elvas, Berardo Museum Collection, Lisbon; Caixa Geral de Depósitos Contemporary Art Collection, Lisbon; Centro Galego de Arte Contemporanea, Santiago de Compostela; Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid; Marcelino Botín Foundation, Santander; La Caixa Foundation, Barcelona; Fundación Helga de Alvear, Cáceres.