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Lived/Active: California / Portugal      Known for: mural and easel painting, sculpture

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Biography from Gallery Paule Anglim:
RIGO 23 is known for publicly placed artwork: murals, paintings, tile work and sculptures, which encourage viewers to examine their relationships to their communities.

Born: 1966, Madeira Island, Portugal

1997 MFA, Stanford University, Stanford, CA
1991 BFA, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA

Selected Non-Gallery Solo Exhibitions:
2009 New Museum, New York, NY
2001 Artists Space, New York, NY
2000 "Tate Wikikuwa (The Wind Follows the Sun)," Museum of Contemporary Art, Santiago,
1999 "SECA Art Award Exhibition," San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA
"Rigo '99\MATRIX 179," University of California, Berkeley Art Museum, Berkeley, CA
"In Justice to Geronimo and the Thousands," WLCAC, Watts, Los Angeles, CA
"Ohlone Prayers," The Luggage Store, San Francisco, CA
1996 "Time and Time Again," Richmond Art Center, Richmond, CA
"Enquanto Os Golfinhos Nao Voltam Ao Tejo:," Galeria Graca Fonseca, Lisboa, Portugal
1989 "Retratos Y Situaciones," Pancho Villa Taqueria, San Francisco, CA
1987 "Some People In a Visual Environment," Artist's Television Access, San Francisco, CA
1986 "Primeira Impressão," Espaco Poligrupo-Renascena, Lisboa, Portugal

Selected Non-Gallery Group Exhibitions:
2009 Shenzhen & Hong Kong Bi-city Biennale of Urbanism/Architecture
Lyon Biennale, Lyon, France
2008 "Rare Art," Berkeley Art Museum/South Atlantic Virgin Forest, Brazil
"Birdwatch," Sun Valley Center for the Arts, Sun Valley, ID
2007 "Sign Language," Des Moines Art Center, Des Moines, IA
2006-2007 "No Reservations: Native American History and Culture in Contemporary Art," The
Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield, CT
2006 4th Liverpool Biennial, Liverpool, England
"Monuments for the USA," White Columns, New York, NY
2005 "Monuments for the USA," CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, San Francisco,
"Touch of Evil," Tijuana Station, Tijuana, Mexico
"Found: Everyday Objects in Bay Area Art," di Rosa Preserve, Napa, CA
"Unfurled in Estonia," MoKS Center for Art and Social Practice, Gallerii Y, University of Tartu, Tartu, Estonia
2004 "California Biennial," Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, CA
"Topographies," San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA
"Topographies," Pasadena Museum of Art, Pasadena, CA
"Global Priority," San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery, San Francisco, CA [catalog]
2003 "Revealing Influences: Conversations with Bay Area Artists," Museum of Craft and Folk Art, San Francisco, CA
2002 "No War," The Luggage Store, San Francisco, CA
2002 "Fast Forward," Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, Berkeley, CA
2001 "Widely Unknown: Margaret Kilgallen and Her Circle," Deitch Projects, New York, NY
"Marked: Bay Area Drawings," Sonoma Valley Museum of Art, Sonoma, CA; traveled to Hunter College Art Galleries, New York, NY [catalog]
2000 "democracy!," Royal College of Art, London [catalog]
"Of the Moment: Contemporary Art from the Permanent Collection," San
Francisco Museum of Modern Art, CA
"Juvenilia," Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, CA
1998 "pFORMative Acts," San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA
"Anti-Pesszimizmus," San Francisco-i Muveszek, Budapest
1997 "In Justice To Geronimp Ji Jaga and The Thousands," The Center, Los Angeles, CA
"Bay Area Now," Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, CA [catalog]
"San Francisco - Taiwan Exchange," Secession Gallery, San Francisco, CA
"Abnormal Flow," Zu Wei Bamboo Curtain Studios, Taipei, Taiwan
"Masters of Fine Arts 1997," Stanford University Museum Gallery, Stanford, CA
"Art Against the Death Penalty," New College of California, San Francisco, CA
1996 "Redstone Labor Temple Murals," Lab, San Francisco, CA
"SFAI 125th Anniversary Tribute Exhibition," Gallery Paule Anglim, San Francisco, CA
"Old Glory/New Story," Santa Monica Museum of Art, Santa Monica, CA
"Criminal Minded," 848 Community Space, San Francisco, CA
1995 "Radical Ink," SPACES, Cleveland, Ohio
Homeland "Please Pray the Home Ground," w/Brian D. Tripp LEF Foundation, St.
Helena, CA
"Old Glory/New Story," Capp Street Project, San Francisco, CA
1995 "Post-Colonial California," San Francisco State University, CA
1994 "20th Anniversary Alumni Exhibition," Southern Exposure, San Francisco, CA
1993 "San Francisco Murals," Centre de l'Animation et des Loisirs Valeyre, Paris, France
1992 "Introductions '92," Gallery Paule Anglim, San Francisco, CA
"Trespassing," Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (LACE), Los Angeles, CA
1991 "RIGO '91/Scott Williams," Show N' Tell Gallery, San Francisco, CA
"The Censored Murals Exhibit," Capp Street Project, San Francisco, CA
1991 "The Individual Muralists Exhibit," South of Market Cultural Center, San Francisco, CA
"An Unwanted Animal at the Garden Party for Democracy," Southern Exposure Gallery,
San Francisco, CA
1990 "Equations," San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery, San Francisco, CA
"Circus," Show N' Tell Gallery, San Francisco, CA
1989 "Lo Nuestro En El Exilio," Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de Morelia, Michoacan, Mexico
1987 "15 + 1 at A.T.A.," Artist's Television Access, San Francisco, CA
1984 "1984: O Futuro E Ja Hoje?," Modern Art Center of the Calouste Gulbenkian
Foundation, Lisboa, Portugal

Selected Commissions and Murals:
2005 "Victory Stand," San Jose State University, San Jose, CA
"Jardim Panoramico do Funchal", Madeira Island, Portugal
2004 "Praça do Dragao", Oporto Soccer Stadium, Oporto, Portugal
"Luz, Amistad y Libertad", Alamar, Cuba
"Not For Sale", Belfast, Northern Ireland
"Birdman of Bali," Denpasar, Bali
2002 "Truth," Mission & 7th Streets, San Francisco, CA
2000 "Boneca be Massa," Madeira Island International Airport, Portugal
"Children," 22nd & Harrison Streets, San Francisco, CA
1999 "Museum Pieces," M.H. de Young Memorial Museum, San Francisco, CA
"Computers/Prisons," University of California Berkeley, Berkeley, CA
1998 "SKY/GROUND," Third & Mission Streets, San Francisco, CA
"Colors II," San Francisco International Airport, sponsored by the San Francisco Art
Commission Longe/Perto, Expo '98, Stone Mosaic pedestrian strip, Lisboa,
1997 "Ocean," sponsored by IKON Gallery, Birmingham, UK
"Birds/Cars," San Francisco, CA, privately sponsored
"Approximately 3/4 Water," Sponsored by the Creative Work Fund and CAMP San
Francisco, CA
1995 "Extinct," San Francisco, CA
"One Tree," Sponsored by Capp Street Project and the Gerbode Foundation, San
Francisco, CA
1995 "Indian Water," San Francisco, CA
"Time," Sponsored by the San Francisco Arts Commission, San Francisco, CA
1994 "Art in the Urban Landscape," A project of Capp Street and the Gerbode Foundation, San Francisco, CA
"Inner City Home," San Francisco, CA
"Southern Exposure Mural Project," Collaboration with Barry McGee and Brett Cook, San Francisco, CA
Jubilee West Thrift Shop, Collaboration with Jubilee West and East Bay Conservation
Corps, Oakland, CA
1994 "Peace," International Studies Academy High School, Collaboration with school's art students, San Francisco, CA
"Market Street/Art in Transit" San Francisco Art Commission
"Muni Fences," San Francisco Art Commission
1993 "River" Installed inside Pancho Villa Taqueria, San Francisco, CA
"No Smoke Screens/No Color Lines," collaboration with S.Y.T.E.P. youth team, Oakland, CA,"Colors," Balmy Avenue Mural Project, San Francisco, CA
1992 "500 Years of What?" Installed inside Pancho Villa Taqueria, San Francisco, CA
1990 "P. K. Dick," Collaboration with Scott Williams, Installed inside DNA Lounge, San Francisco, CA
"Defaced," Collaboration with Scott Williams, Inside walls, DNA Lounge, San Francisco, CA
1989 "Pajaro En La Avenida," Executed at CAVI-Centro de Artes Visuales,
Universidad Autonoma de Nayarit, Installed at the Governors' palace of Nayarit,
Tepic, Nayarit, Mexico
1986 "Richmond Liberty Ferry," Retaining wall, Barret Avenue Underpass at Marina Way, City of Richmond Arts Commission, Richmond, CA
"Who Says What?" Outside, Show and Tell Gallery, San Francisco, CA
"Comunicacao," Interior wall, CTT Mercado Post Office, Funchal, Maderia Island,
1987 "Yeah, Sure, Where," Inside wall, DNA Lounge, San Francisco, CA
"A Tribute to Rick Grizzly Brown," Installed outside Walter McBean Gallery,
San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA
1986 "Tempo, Som, Arte," Outside wall, Club Nine, San Francisco, CA

Selected Awards:
2009 Public Choice Award, Shenzhen & Hong Kong Bi-city Biennale of Urbanism/Architecture
2006 Eureka Fellowship, Fleishhacker Foundation
1999 Biennial Award, The Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation, New York, NY
1998 SECA Art Award, SFMOMA, San Francisco, CA
1997 Stoli, San Francisco Arts Achievement Award for Visual Art Residency
Fellowship Award, Taiwan
1996 One Tree, Best Public Art Project of the Year, San Francisco Bay Guardian
1994 WESTAF/NEA Regional Fellowship for Visual Artists
1991 Chauncey McKeever Award, San Francisco Art Institute

Selected Public Collections:
Berkeley Art Museum, Berkeley, CA
di Rosa Preserve, Napa, CA
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA
M.H. de Young Memorial Museum, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, San Francisco, CA
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA

Selected Bibliography:
2002 Powers, Bill, "Arts," Black Book Magazine, Spring 2002.
2001 Rubinstein, Rhonda, "The Big Picture," ID Magazine, February 2001, pg. 92-3.
2000 Golonu, Berin, Flash Art, March/April 2000.
Van Proyen, Mark, "Museum Pieces," Artweek, January 2000.
1999 Bonetti, David, "Four Deserving Artists Honored," San Francisco Examiner, February 10.
Chin, Bryan, "Not Your Average Pinup Posters," Daily Californian, re:VIEW, May 14.
"Rigo Prefers to Follow His Own Direction," San Francisco Examiner, February 28.
"Rigo 99 Works Address Prisoner's Plight," WestArt, April 23.
Lewallen, Constance, "RIGO 99," Berkeley Art Museum
Scherr, Apollinaire, "Public Art - Who Needs It?," Express, July 2.
1998 Pérez, Miguel von Hafe, "Sobre a Arte de Rigo: do Idiossincrático ao Público/Rigo's Art:
From the Idiosyncratic to the Public," Arte Urbana.
1997 Helfand, Glen, "The 1997 Arts Achievement Awards- Masters of Art," San Francisco Focus, February.
1997 Scherr, Apollinaire, "Hide and SECA," San Francisco Metropolitan, December 21.
Melo, Alexandre, "Rigo '96," Art Forum, April.
Bonetti, David, "Four au Courant Scenes from Geary Street," San Francisco Examiner, April 17.
"Watts," Los Angeles Times, June 29.
"The Living Arts," The New York Times, July 18.
"Best of San Francisco '97," SF Weekly, July 25-July 1.
1996 Lowden, John, "Urban Legend," Speak.
Dyrness, Christina, "Sharp contrast in Art Center shows," West County Times,
February 6.
"Richmond Art Show for Ex-Panther Geronimo Ji Jaga," Sun Reporter,
February 29.
"Visual Arts," East Bay Express, March 1.
1996 "Artbeat," The Channel, March.
Reiter, Artemesia, "Rigo '96-Up Close & Personal," SF Bay Times, March 21.
Hankwitz, Molly, "Rigo '94: Innercity Home," Art Papers, March/April.
Lizarraga, Willy, Once upon a mural," San Francisco Bay Guardian, May 1.
Shahum, Leah, "Does America have a Soul?" Mother Jones, September/October.
1995 Adams, Gerald, "Artist's Mural runs afoul of city ordinance," San Francisco Examiner, January 13.
Adams, Gerald, "It's official: 5-story 'sign' is art," San Francisco Examiner, January 20.
Gerhard, Susan, "Bill-boreds," San Francisco Bay Guardian, March 8.
Winokur, Scott, "Reclaiming the 'hood with acrylics," San Francisco Examiner, March 21.
Macor, Michael, "A Mural Grows South of Market," San Francisco Chronicle, June 28.
Bonetti, David, "The Flap over Public Art," San Francisco Examiner, August 11.
1994 Snyder, Rebecca, "Power Plays," VISIONS, Winter.
1992 Helfand, Glen, "Night+Day," SF Weekly, January 8.
Watten, Barrett, "Rigo '92," Artweek, February 6.
Kotz, Liz, "Trespassing," Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (LACE), April 10-May
 Reveaux, Tony, "RIGO '92 at Gallery Paule Anglim," Artweek, August 16.

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