About Anabela Sobrinho

I have always loved colour and I was raised amongst it, on the houses external walls and the brilliant tiles inside and outside houses in Portugal. I was born in 1952, in Lisboa, its capital city. A stunning place, I will add. As a primary school child, my wish for the future was to become a teacher to be able to draw with coloured chalk on the blackboard. That's all we had then, slate and chalk. My sister and I would spend our Summer afternoons, after waking up from our siesta, drawing in our verandah overlooking the trees and the buildings right in front of us. It was always pleasant, specially if we had been to the beach all morning, as we used to do for our 3 months of long Summer holidays. Writing developed shortly after. And so I have never given up on either, despite many life hindrances, as we all experience. 

C.V. & Artist Statement

Anabela de Azevedo Teixeira Sobrinho

Bio: A Portuguese - Australian citizen, born in 1952, Lisboa, Portugal, lived in Mozambique for 2 and a half

years, migrated to Australia in 1985 and retired in 2009, from 34 years of Language Teaching and related jobs

with the Board of Studies.

Six years later, she went back to her Visual Arts studies she had had to interrupt, and completed them with

High Distinctions and Distinctions. She started exhibiting as well as reading and publishing her poetry in 1986

when she was awarded 2 Poetry Prizes. Since 2015, she has participated, on average, in 7 group shows

per year and she had 3 solo exhibitions. In 2016/17 she took part in an installation led by Yoko Ono at

Reykjavík Art Museum, Iceland. In 2017 she did a 3 month Artist Residency with final group show at Galerie

102 – studio – projektraum berlin, during Berlin Art Week, Germany. After that, in Portugal, she had a solo

show at Museu Municipal Armindo Teixeira Lopes, in Mirandela and another 2 week Artist Residency and

group show at Cerveira Art Biennale Foundation, in Vila Nova de Cerveira. Both institutions have her work in

their public collection. Her art is also in private collections in Australia, Portugal and Germany.

She has 3 children and 2 grandchildren.

Anabela has a disability as she got 100% deaf on her left ear overnight, in 1989.

Her Narrative Art expresses her holistic lifestyle, combining the respect for the environment, spirituality, numerology, oneiric & visualization imagery, people’s facial expressions, natural health & wellbeing. Her mediums are Painting, Textiles, Drawing & Photography. Whenever she travels, she immerses herself into the local environment and culture and then uses elements of that in her artwork. Having lived in Portugal, Germany, Mozambique & Australia adds to her broadened horizons influencing her imagery. She has also published 2 poetry books and written short stories. She works from her home studio in the South-Eastern coast of Melbourne.

Personal particulars:

Date of Birth: April, 6th, 1952

Citizenships: Portuguese / Australian

Email: belinhasobrinho@gmail.com

Instagram: @anabelasobrinho

Facebook : Anabela Sobrinho Artist and Writer

https://www.artsy.net/artwork/anabela-sobrinho-dot-dot-dot-from-the-non-existent-pluto

www.frontrunnermagazine.com, invited by its founder Edward Symes, Brooklyn, New York

Website: http://www.anabelasobrinhoartistandwriter.com

https://bluethumb.com.au/anabela-sobrinho

https://www.lensculture.com/anabela-sobrinho

Press – Visual Arts:

Mornington Peninsula Magazine Issues, December 2019 (page 109) & March 2020 (page 116)

Huc Illuc Aqui e Ali - online interview, “À conversa com Anabela Sobrinho, uma artista multifacetada”, Lisboa,

Portugal, 17/01/2020

https://galerie102-berlin.com/ Anabela Sobrinho

www.artconnect.com/events/temporary-identities Anabela Sobrinho

https://www.artrabbit.com/events/temporary-identities Anabela Sobrinho

bienaldecerveira.pt/9-artistas-apresentaram-projetos-artisticos-desen... Anabela Sobrinho

Press – Poetry Publications:

Huc Illuc Aqui e Ali – online article, Arena das Palavras, Vamos Poetizar

“Belinho rural” poema de Anabela Sobrinho, Lisboa, Portugal, 20/01/2020

https://catalogue.nla.gov.au/Record/2158944

Education:

2020: Artists Rise up, Ashville, USA

2019 - 2020: ARTnxtLevel Academy, Chicago, USA

2019: Therapeutic Art Life Coach Certificate, Transformation Academy, Clearwater, USA

Portrait & Life Drawing Sessions, Oak Hill Gallery, Mornington, Vic., Australia

2015 - 2020: Weaving, Mc Clelland Spinners and Weavers Inc, Mc Clelland Gallery Studio Park, Langwarrin, Vic., Australia

2016: Advanced Diploma of Creative Product Development – Visual Arts, Chisholm Institute, Frankston, Vic., Australia

Photography, Frankston Photography Club, Frankston, Vic.,Australia

2015 & 2016: Life Drawing Sessions, Oak Hill Gallery, Mornington, Vic., Australia

2015: Advanced Diploma of Fine Arts, Chisholm Institute, Frankston, Vic., Australia

Lu Jong (Tibetan Yoga) Teacher, Nangten Menlang International, Fão, Portugal, with exams in Plochingen, Germany

2014: Permaculture Design Certificate, British Permaculture Association, Porto, Portugal

2013: Reiki I, Tibetan USUI System, Fão, Portugal

2011 & 2013: Weaving & Spinning, Lisboa & Gilmonde, Portugal

2004: Yoga for Fibromyalgia & Chronic Fatigue, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia

1991 & 1992: Advanced Certificate in Art & Design, Chisholm Institute, Frankston, Vic., Australia

1987: Diploma in Education (secondary) in ESL/EFL & Modern Languages (Portuguese & German), La Trobe University, Bundoora/Melbourne, Australia

1974: Bachelor of Arts, Germanic Philology, University of Lisboa, Portugal

Artist Residencies, Group Exhibitions & Performance:

2020: Residency & interactive performance run by Rome based artist Laura Cionci, “State of Grace", Ventana Fiesta, invitation by Frankston Arts Centre, Vic, Australia

2018: Run by New York based artist Adrienne Wheeler as a follow up of her “White Dress Narratives" Installation, invitation by Frankston Arts Centre, Vic, Australia

2017: Painting,Textiles, Photography & Writing, Casa do Artista, Fundação Bienal de Arte de Cerveira, Vila Nova de Cerveira, Portugal

Painting, Drawing, Photography & Writing, Galerie 102-studio-projektraum berlin, Berlin, Germany

Solo Exhibitions:

2017: Painting,Textiles & Photography, Antipodes Bookshop & Gallery, Sorrento, Vic., Australia

Painting,Textiles & Photography, Museu Municipal Armindo Teixeira Lopes, Mirandela, Portugal

2016: Painting, Photography & Poetry, Chisholm Institute Art Department Project Space, Frankston, Vic., Australia

Group Exhibitions:

2020:Painting, featured on @mava_collective, Melbourne, Vic., Australia

Painting, Museu Municipal Armindo Teixeira Lopes, Mirandela, Portugal

Painting, Ron Rado Memorial Acquisitive Prize, 3D Virtual show, Walker St Gallery, Dandenong, Melbourne, Vic., Australia

Painting, screened at ARTBOXGallery, Zürich, Switzerland (August – December)

Painting, Frankston Campus Chisholm Institute Challenge, online, Vic., Australia

Painting, screened at SwissArtExpo 2020, Zürich, Switzerland

Painting, ART EXPO 2020, @art_school_hub, Punjab, India

Painting, arteenaislamiento, online, organized by artist Gabriel Sanchez Viveros, Mexico

Painting, Artist Support Pledge, online, organized by artist Matthew Burros, UK

Painting, featured on @beyondmarsgallery, online gallery Stories

Painting, “Lockdown – Focus on Nature”, online exhibition, self-curated

Painting, screened at ARTBOXGallery, Zürich, Switzerland (June & July)

Painting, “Global Regeneration”, online exhibition, self-curated

Painting, “Essence Portraits”, online exhibition, self-curated & Trims Café-Restaurant-Bar, Frankston, Vic., Australia

Painting, Oak Hill Gallery, Mornington, Vic., Australia

2019 – 2020: Painting & Reproductions, “The Space”, online exhibition, self-curated & Trims Café-Restaurant-Bar, Frankston, Vic., Australia

2019: Printmaking, The Moth Migration Project, Oak Hill Gallery, Mornington, Victoria, Australia – a worldwide project initiated in New York by artist Hilary Lorenz

Painting, Oak Hill Gallery, Mornington, Victoria, Australia

Painting, 2019 ACMD Acquisitive Art Prize, St. Vincent’s Hospital Gallery, Fitzroy, Melbourne, Vic., Australia

Painting, Oak Hill Gallery, Mornington, Victoria, Australia

Weaving, Handweavers & Spinners Guild of Victoria, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Painting, Qi Crystals Healing Centre, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

2018 & 2019: Photography, online Gallery, https://www.lensculture.com/anabela-sobrinho

2018: Painting, Fortyfivedownstairs Gallery, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Painting, Trims Café-Restaurant-Bar, Frankston, Vic.,Australia

2017: Weaving, Stitched up Textile Festival, Wangaratta Art Gallery, Victoria, Australia

Photography, online Gallery, https://www.lensculture.com/anabela-sobrinho

Painting, The Foundry, Frankston, Vic., Australia

Painting & Photography, Brunswick St Gallery, Fitzroy, Melbourne, Vic., Australia

2016: Painting & Photography, Chisholm Institute Art Department, Open Studio, Frankston, Vic., Australia

Painting, Monash Medical Centre, Clayton, Vic., Australia

Painting, Ron Rado Art Prize, Walker St Gallery & Arts Centre, Dandenong,Vic., Australia

Painting, Chisholm Institute Open Day, Dandenong, Vic., Australia

Painting, 2016 ACMD Acquisitive Art Prize, St. Vincent’s Hospital Gallery, Fitzroy, Melbourne, Vic., Australia

Painting, Chisholm Institute Little Landscapes, Cube 37 Gallery, Frankston Arts Centre, Frankston, Vic., Australia

Painting, Brunswick St Gallery, Fitzroy, Melbourne, Vic., Australia

Photography, Summer Arts Festival, Herring Island, South Yarra, Melbourne, Vic., Australia

Photography, Collins St Bureau of Meteorology Building Reception, Melbourne, Vic., Australia

Painting, Oak Hill Gallery, Mornington, Vic., Australia

2015: Photography, Langley Gallery, Heritage Hill, Dandenong, Vic., Australia

Painting, Chisholm Institute, Frankston, Vic., Australia

Photography, Dromana Estate Winery Open Gallery, Vic., Australia

Painting, Ron Rado Art Prize, Walker St Gallery & Arts Centre, Dandenong,Vic., Australia

Painting, Monash Medical Centre, Clayton, Vic., Australia

2012: Photography & Poetry, Festival Viv’Arte, Belinho, Portugal

2010/07/06: Photography & Poetry, Frankston Arts Fair, Frankston Arts Centre, Vic., Australia

1992: Ceramics, Chisholm Institute, Frankston, Vic., Australia

1991: Illustration & Drawing, Chisholm Institute, Frankston, Vic., Australia

1990: Photography, Caulfield Arts Complex, Alliance Française Gallery, Melbourne, Vic, Australia

1986: Photography, Footscray TAFE College, Melbourne, Vic, Australia

Artist Statement