Rajaa Paixão

Lisbon, Portugal – Multimedia

Absence i, 2020

framed fabric, graphite sticks, Conté crayons, and watercolour on fabric

90 x 147 cm


Absence ii, 2020

framed fabric, graphite sticks, Conté crayons, and watercolour on fabric

90 x 147 cm


Created during the ninth month of pregnancy, these paintings are inspired by some of the impact of the pandemic, be it preschool closure, the state of mess the house was in; or experiencing a daunting hospital stay with strict measures forbidding the presence and support of loved ones.

TWT: the water and the tank, 2018

silicone, wood, glass, clay, wall paint, varnish

106 x 35 x 35 cm

TWT: Post-play happy socks, 2018

clay, acrylic paint, varnish, marble, metal

80 x 73 x 20 cm

TWT: dripping and leakage, 2018

wood, metal, translucent plastic sheet, glue, ceramic holder, screws, bulb, lighting electrical accessories

110 x 25 x 80 cm

Rajaa’s multidisciplinary approach mainly encompasses sculpture and painting, at times complemented by drawing, audio sound, and film, turned into assemblages or mise-en-scènes.

Her latest work explores sculpture as fictive object through subjectivity and its understanding in postmodernist theory, using imagined and real narratives as a catalyst.

Concerned with the nature of perception of fictive/real spaces in relation to the physicality of materials, she creates and reorders physical objects by examining divergent themes including time, space, and ubiquity.

My work is originally informed by life events and autobiography, which makes the creation process subject to conditional spatiotemporal circumstances. I am fascinated with the metamorphosis my real back-stories undergo when they merge with the fictive, the narratives they generate, and the fictive sculptures they jointly produce by pointing to specific materials or found objects

Legged, 2019

acrylic, watercolour, and ink on canvas

100 x 80 x 1.5 cm


Unlike the constructed process of the sculptures, the paintings are a spontaneous expression of the abstract fictive holding residues from the real.

Artist’s bio:

Rajaa Paixão is a visual artist based in Lisbon, working between Lisbon and London. Rajaa holds a Master of Arts with emphasis on European Art Practice from Kingston School of Art, London, a Master of Arts in Communication and Visual Arts from the Holy Spirit University of Kaslik, and is undertaking doctoral research in Fine Arts.