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Mafalda Figueiredo

 

 

Mafalda Figueiredo (born 1991 in Lisbon, Portugal) uses an aggressive gesture mixed with figurative elements reminiscent of 1980’s neo-expressionism, rebelling against a predominantly male art world and an over-conceptualization of art. She considers the creative process as coming from self-analysis, self-confrontation, and a relentless search for self- knowledge: the object of art should be the expression of a deep confrontation with the self, of a personal history instead of art history - present because it’s a fragment of the artist's own history rather than the opposite.
Thinking and working about the way people are perceived and perceive themselves, the artist questions how this impacts their very own freedom; how men and mostly how women keep perpetuating a paternalistic look at themselves in every category of everyday life, be it sexuality and the reproductive role, or body image, education, and family).
Addressing gender equality, the artist reflects over the expectations imposed by society and the dichotomy between "what is" and "what is perceived”; a perception informed by personal experience, a reality existing only in the imaginary of the subject. The object of art is an expression of the self, of the individual person that is the artist, integrated in a specific context and time.

 

 

 

 

Mafalda Figueiredo "Clash of the Titans", 2018Mafalda Figueiredo "Clash of the Titans", 2018

Mafalda Figueiredo

Clash of the Titans

2018

 

oil on canvas

 

ca. 200 by 160 cm

(approx 78.75 by 63 in.)

 

 

 

 

Mafalda Figueiredo "Frogs and deers and potatoes and tomatoes", 2018Mafalda Figueiredo "Frogs and deers and potatoes and tomatoes", 2018

Mafalda Figueiredo

Frogs and deer and potatoes and tomatoes

2018

 

oil on canvas

 

ca. 200 by 160 cm

(approx 78.75 by 63 in.)

 

 

 

 

Mafalda Figueiredo "Two-faced", 2018Mafalda Figueiredo "Two-faced", 2018

Mafalda Figueiredo

Two-faced

2018

 

oil on canvas

 

ca. 100 by 80 cm

(approx 39.3 by 31.5 in.)

 

 

 

 

Mafalda Figueiredo "Suddenly I can't breathe", 2018Mafalda Figueiredo "Suddenly I can't breathe", 2018

Mafalda Figueiredo

Suddenly I can't breathe

2018

 

oil on canvas

 

ca. 180 by 150 cm

(approx 70.9 by 59 in.)

 

 

 

 

Mafalda Figueiredo "Shades of Anxiety", 2018Mafalda Figueiredo "Shades of Anxiety", 2018

Mafalda Figueiredo

Shades of anxiety

2018

 

oil on canvas

 

ca. 120 by 100 cm

(approx 47.25 by 39.3 in.)

 

 

 

 

Mafalda Figueiredo "Marbles", 2018Mafalda Figueiredo "Marbles", 2018

Mafalda Figueiredo

Marbles

2018

 

oil on canvas

 

ca. 80 by 100 cm

(approx 31.5 by 39.3 in.)

 

 

 

 

Mafalda Figueiredo "Monologue", 2018Mafalda Figueiredo "Monologue", 2018

Mafalda Figueiredo

Monologue

2018

 

oil on canvas

 

ca. 200 by 160 cm

(approx 78.75 by 63 in.)

 

 

 

Mafalda Figueiredo "Resting bitchface in the forest", 2017Mafalda Figueiredo "Resting bitchface in the forest", 2017

Mafalda Figueiredo

Resting bitchface in the forest

2017

 

oil on canvas

 

ca. 115 by 165 cm

(approx 742.2 by 65 in.)

 

 

 

 

Mafalda Figueiredo "Hair eating gods", 2017Mafalda Figueiredo "Hair eating gods", 2017

Mafalda Figueiredo

Hair eating gods

2017

 

oil on canvas

 

ca. 150 by 125 cm

(approx 59 by 49.2 in.)

 

 

 

 

Mafalda Figueiredo "Creeps", 2017Mafalda Figueiredo "Creeps", 2017

Mafalda Figueiredo

Creeps

2017

 

oil on canvas

 

ca. 125 by 150 cm

(approx 49.2 by 59 in.)

 

 

 

 

Mafalda Figueiredo "Walking the dogs", 2017Mafalda Figueiredo "Walking the dogs", 2017

Mafalda Figueiredo

Walking the dogs

2017

 

oil on canvas

 

ca. 170 by 120 cm

(approx 67 by 47.25 in.)

 

 

 

 

Mafalda Figueiredo "I'm reading a fucking book", 2017Mafalda Figueiredo "I'm reading a fucking book", 2017

Mafalda Figueiredo

I'm reading a fucking book

2017

 

oil on canvas

 

ca. 100 by 80 cm

(approx 39.3 by 31.5 in.)

 

 

 

 

Mafalda Figueiredo "Angry asshole", 2017Mafalda Figueiredo "Angry asshole", 2017

Mafalda Figueiredo

Angry asshole

2017

 

oil on canvas

 

ca. 60 by 60 cm

(approx 23.6 by 23.6 in.)

 

 

 

 

Mafalda Figueiredo "Dog person", 2017Mafalda Figueiredo "Dog person", 2017

Mafalda Figueiredo

Dog person

2017

 

oil on canvas

 

ca. 70 by 50 cm

(approx 27.5 by 19.7 in.)

 

 

 

 

Mafalda Figueiredo "Astronaut", 2017Mafalda Figueiredo "Astronaut", 2017

Mafalda Figueiredo

Astronaut

2017

 

oil on canvas

 

ca. 100 by 80 cm

(approx 39.3 by 31.5 in.)