Gabriela Vaz-Pinheiro holds a Degree in Sculpture from the Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Porto, the European Scenography Master of Arts from Central St Martin’s College and Utrecht School of the Arts; Master of Arts Theory and Practice of Public Art & Design at Chelsea College of Art & Design, and a PhD by project at Chelsea College, with the thesis: Art from place: the expression of cultural memory in the urban environment and in place-specific art interventions.
She was an invited lecturer at Central St. Martins College of Art & Design, London, between 1998 and 2006. Has been awarded scholarships from the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Ministry of Culture, Contemporary Art Society and The London Institute, and received, as an artist, support from the Direcção Geral das Artes / Instituto das Artes.
Her work reflects on questions of identity and context, using artistic pratice as a way of interrogating the vey notion of being an individual. Collaboration with the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London for about two years, including the organization of conferences such as “Spaced Out” around the idea of interdisciplinarity between art and architecture. She has had a continuous involvement in interdisciplinary seminars and publishes in international art and art research magazines. Her editorial work has also been continuous with several published books. Responsible for the Art and Architecture Programme for Guimarães 2012 European Capital of Culture. She lectures, since 2004, at the Fine Arts Faculty, University of Porto, as well as regularly collaborates with many other academic institutions.