About Us

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. With the goal of promoting connections between national and international artists we developed a residency program which included artists from countries such as: Chile, Brazil, U.S.A., Poland, France, Scotland, England, Canada, Israel and Germany. In 2017 we opened one course on Philosophy and Art and another on Visual Culture. We are aiming to expand to other subjects soon.



Gallery Manager:

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:

Zica Viana

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.


Gallery Assistant:

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
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Co-curator and head of residences:

Filipa Reis

Lives and works in Lisbon.
Degree in History of Art from the Faculty of Social and Human Sciences of the New University of Lisbon; Studied Photography at Ar.Co, Lisbon. Along the way, we can highlight the selection for the Most Young Creators Exhibition, in the Photography area, of the Portuguese Center of Arts and Ideas, in two different editions – 2010 and 2012. She did an artistic residency in Beijing (2011) where she developed her research in photography, in parallel with other initiatives: she organized open studios, joined the team of The Sarau Project, was responsible for the curriculum and training of plastic arts classes for children – CAFA – Central Academy of Fine Arts and collaborated on a volunteer basis at the non-governmental organization World Culture Open in the area of ​​cultural management and event organization. She was co-curator and artist at the Nevermind The Space Between Us exhibition that took place in Heiqiao, Beijing and the Silver Brace Factory in Lisbon in 2013. In December 2014 she presented the individual exhibition Topofilia # 2 in Mute, in Lisbon, and also participated in the MUTE I ANO collective exhibition in July 2015. In November 2015 she presented the individual exhibition Topofilia # 4 at the Edge Arts in Lisbon, where a publication with the same title was launched, which was part of the Fair of the Author Book of Lisbon, in the Photographic Archive of Lisbon. Since January 2016 she began to collaborate with Manuel Furtado dos Santos in the programming and management of artistic residencies of Mute.