João Penalva is a Portuguese artist who since 1976 has been living and working in London, where he also studied at Chelsea School of Art. He has been External Visiting Lecturer at Malmö Art Academy since 2003.
Penalva represented Portugal in the 23rd Bienal de São Paulo (1996) and in the 49th Venice Biennale (2001). He also exhibited in the 2nd Berlin Biennale (2001) and the 13th Biennale of Sydney (2002).
Solo exhibitions include Camden Arts Centre, London; Contemporary Art Centre, Vilnius; Galerie im Taxispalais, Innsbruck; Tramway, Glasgow; Rooseum Center for Contemporary Art, Malmö; Institute of Visual Arts, Milwaukee; Power Plant, Toronto; Serralves Museum, Porto; Ludwig Museum Budapest; Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin; DAAD Gallery, Berlin; Mead Gallery, University of Warwick, UK; Lunds Konsthall; Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Lisbon; Brandts Kunsthallen, Odense; Trondheim Kunstmuseum, Norway; LOGE, Berlin; Musée d’Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean, Luxembourg; Culturgest, Porto; and Lumiar Cité, Lisbon.
Group exhibitions include, among others, Haus der Kunst, Munich; Museum Folkwang, Essen; K20 Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Düsseldorf; Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden; Württembergischer Kunstverein, Stuttgart; Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney; Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne; National Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul; Museum of Contemporary Art Taipei; Bombas Gens Centre d’Art, Valencia; Tramway, Glasgow; Wellcome Collection, London; South London Gallery; Lunds Konsthall; Hayward Gallery, London; and Tate Modern, London.
Penalva was awarded the DAAD Berlin Artist’s Residency in 2003 and the Bryan Robertson Award, London, in 2009.
He is represented by Simon Lee Gallery, London, Hong Kong, New York; Galerie Thomas Schulte, Berlin; Barbara Gross Galerie, Munich; and Galeria Filomena Soares, Lisbon. He has had numerous exhibitions with these galleries.