João Vasco Paiva

Born 1979, Coimbra, Portugal. Lives and works in Hong Kong.

João Vasco Paiva received a BFA from the Porto Arts Institute in 2004 and an MFA in Creative Media from The City University of Hong Kong in 2008. At the core of Paiva’s practice is an interest in deconstructing complex urban environments to create a set of identifiable codes: a universal urban alphabet. Paiva was recently selected for the Encounters section of Art Basel Hong Kong 2015 by Alexie Glass-Kantor and completed a residency at Lichtenberg Studios, Berlin. He has been exhibited internationally including exhibitions at the Witte de With, Rotterdam; Artsonje, Seoul; OCT Contemporary Art Terminal, Shanghai; MAAP, Brisbane; Garage Centre for Contemporary Art in Moscow; and Counter Space, Zurich. He is the recipient of the Hong Kong Emerging Artist Grant and the International Artist Support Grant.