João Dias is an artist focusing on the development of visual languages in border areas. The artist employs strategies of thinking based in traditional mediums like Painting and Drawing to explore contemporary, industrial mediums and materials. Additional relations with sculpture, architecture and archeology practices, the artist reflects on the limits of traditions.
Dias has exhibited his work internationally in cities such as Munich, Berlin, Gdanzk, Barcelona, Murcia, London, Paris and New York, and was awarded with the INOV-ART grant for the city of Berlin, where he lived between 2008 and 2012. National exhibitions include the National Museum Grão Vasco, 2017; Drawing Residency in Casa da Cerca – Contemporary Art Center, Almada; Serpente Gallery Oporto; “Archeology of Painting” EDGE ARTS, Lisbon 2016; Carpe Diem Art and Research Center, Lisbon 2015; Frabrica do Braço de Prata, Lisbon, 2010; LEAP Gallery, Berlin; Gallery Tristesse de Luxe, Berlin; Centro Parraga, Murcia; Centro Negra, Blanca.
João Dias is the founder and artistic director of Saguão –Experimental Gallery, in Viseu since 2013. In 2014 he initiated the "Objectos Experimentais" program of exhibitions: international artist residencies for the development of interactive artworks of mechanical and/or technological nature, exhibited within the historic center of Viseu.
His work can be found in the collections of the PLMJ Foundation, Edge Arts
Collection and the Multiples Collection of Carpe Diem.