Madalena Pequito was born in Lisbon, in 1996. She lives and works in Lisboa. Madalena is driven by her great passion for the arts, and for that reason everything she does revolves arround that. Madalena studied Scenography and Costumes at António Arroio Art School, graduated in Painting at Lisbon Faculty of Fine Art in 2018, and completed a Masters degree in Arts and Cultural Enterprise at Central Saint Martins, in London, in 2021. Between 2017 and 2018, Madalena did an exchange program in Budapest Hungary, at the Magyar Képzomuveszeti Egyetem (Hungarian University of Fine Art). During these months, she integrated with the local community of artists, participating in exhibitions, lectures, and site-specific installations.
Throughout her career, the artist sought to integrate different projects and promote dialogue with other artists. She was a residency artist for 4 years at Nucleo A70, a cultural organization, which allowed her to contact with other artists in their creative process. Currently, she is a resident at Casa Dona Laura, another shared studio space with other artists. She is also part of a collective called Vês.Três. Because she values collaboration, Madalena has co-created pieces for clothing brands such as AwayToMars and Esticca. She is also part of a theatre independent group as a set designer and costume designer. Madalena has taken part in two International Biennials: Contextile Biennial, in Guimarães, in 2022, and ArtFem Macao Female art Biennial, in Macao, in 2018. She was a finalist in some art prize contests, such as the Young Creators Art Prize, Guarda’s International Art Prize, and Paula Rego art prize, and has received an Honorable Mention at Jovarte Biennial. Madalena has done more than 50 solo and group shows, since 2015.
Even though painting is her main field of practice, Madalena also explores her writing and curatorial skills. Moreover, she is part of a dance group, in which she explores self-expression and movement through performance.