MUTE is a Contemporary Art Platform located in the heart of Lisbon. Our mission is to promote access to culture in general and Fine Art in particular. Throughout the first three years of activity we presented more than 50 artists in monthly exhibitions, produced multiple contemporary music performances, themed seminars, book launches and contemporary art performances. Our goal is to promote connections between national and international artists and that is why we developed a residency program which included artists from countries such as: Chile, Brazil, U.S.A., Poland, France, Scotland, U.K., Canada, Israel and Germany. In 2017 we started our pedagogical project with a Philosophy and Art course. These theory based courses are ongoing and will expand their scope in the near future.
Manuel Furtado dos Santos
Lives and works in Lisbon.
He started the MUTE project, having defined the programming, designed the physical space itself and created the objectives of this contemporary art platform. Master’s Degree in Installation from the Central Saint Martins School of Arts (2007) and Bachelor’s Degree in Sculpture from Coventry University (2005).
He has been researching, teaching and exhibiting in Portugal and England since 2003 in the fields of sculpture, installation, photography and painting. He has works in private collections in Portugal, England, Australia, Germany and 3 public collections in England. He has worked with the Edge-Arts Gallery and the Soprano Gallery between 2008 and 2014. He teaches practical and theoretical courses in visual arts at the Escuela Arte Limitada. Co-curator of collective exhibitions such as White Garden at P28 in 2009 and executed several large orders from 2005 to 2013. He designed and built his own studio with exhibition space and personal collection in 2012. He studied medicine for 2 years at the Faculty of Medicina de Lisboa and attended the 3rd year in the Biological Engineering course Instituto Superior Técnico.
Founder and Patron:
Lives and works in Oeiras (n.1954, Lisbon). She is an activist in the associative movement linked to citizenship, interior designer, mother of the family, collector of contemporary art and patron of the arts. She graduated in interior design in 1973 from the IADE.
She worked at the Portuguese Blanchard for a year. She has developed multiple projects as a freelancer in the field of interior design and unique pieces of furniture. Collaborated with a television producer in the series decors from 1989 to 1990. President of parents’ associations and Civitas de Oeiras from 1987 to 2017. Sha was a founding partner of Arte Contempo and the MUTE project of which she is the only patron to date.
Nerea Lores Acuña
From Galicia. Lives and works in Lisbon.
Graduated in History of Art from the University of Santiago de Compostela (2006-2012), studied the specialties of Contemporary Art and History of Music. After a year of studies in the Fine Arts, she completed a master’s degree in Art, Museums and Historical Heritage Management of Pablo Olavide University in Seville (2013-2014). In the same year, she began her studies in Contemporary Art: Creation and research (2014-2016), a master’s degree from the Faculty of Fine Arts of the University of Vigo, and obtained a scholarship in the graphic archive of the Pontevedra´s Museum. During these years of theoretical training, she took practical internships at various foundations and museums such as the Eugenio Granell Foundation-Museum, the RAC Foundation, FIC Bueu (International Short Film Festival) or MARCO (Museum of Contemporary Art of Vigo). In addition to participating in several exhibitions, she received the first New Values Prize of Pontevedra City Hall in 2015 and curated the exhibition ▁ ▂ ▁ ▆ ▂ ▆ ▇ ▉▆ ▉▉▂ ▁ in 2016.
From Romania. Lives and works in Lisbon.
Graduated Communication & Advertising from Babes-Bolyai University in Cluj-Napoca, Romania and finished her Master´s Degree in the same field at the National School of Political and Administrative Sciences in Bucharest. Through the complex knowledge acquired during this period, Simona started perceiving advertising as an artistic field and that is why she decided to get closer to Art itself. Working as a copywriter helped her acquire more knowledge about the strong connection between image and words that most of time is emphasized in billboards. Teamwork led her to digital image creation while being a secondary voice to the art directors. Her passion for Art came to be through her participation in Contemporary Art shows, either related to painting, sculpture or theatre and also by using photography as a way to express herself artistically. During her studies and work she developed a keen eye for detail and a desire to get involved as much as possible with the contemporary Art world.