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Mafalda Figueiredo

 

 

Mafalda Figueiredo (born 1991 in Lisbon, Portugal, studied at the University of Fine Arts in Lisbon. She currently lives and works in Berlin, Germany.
 
 
 
If one were looking for a synonym for subtlety, simplicity would not be the first term that might spring to mind. In fact, some might regard this as an error. Yet at their core, both speak of refinement, and this is precisely what Mafalda Figueiredo’s works are about. “You must have been looking at another artist’s work,” you may be thinking, because at first glance Figueiredo constructs narratives that seem alarmingly direct: figures stare out of the canvas, or off the page in this case, in what seems to be a straightforward confrontation of the viewer. Yet again the painted subject is being observed, and yet again the viewer controls the gaze.

But Figueiredo’s works are far more layered, and far more meaningful. Part of the beauty of her works stems from the fact that she always begins from within—not in the sense of some conceptual obligation, but from a legitimate attempt to depict herself as the subject in a constantly reoccurring act of self-portraiture. We are literally seeing the artist represent herself again and again: in her paintings, we have seen her at a dinner table; playing marbles (although crouching like a tiger ready to strike); laying on a bed of flowers; and engaging in what seem to be mundane, everyday tasks.

Her works on paper shift in scale, and show an unexpected restraint, with unpainted borders (much like irises or vignettes) visually framing some images. While her large, raw canvases devour you, bringing you into her dream world, these new works on paper are more intimate, and more conversational. Each creates a quiet dialogue with each viewer, rather than a charged journey through a sleep- and dream-driven world of fantasy and fate. And here, Figueiredo reveals the subtlety and simplicity that emerges and is literally evident within every vision and every frame.
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

 

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.)