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



Master of Fine Arts in Creative Media (awarded with Distinction), School of Creative Media, City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

Fine Arts Degree, Escola Superior Artística do Porto, Porto

Awards, Residencies, Grants


Artist in Residency, HANGAR - Triangle Network, Lisbon

Artist in Residency, PRACTICE, Nova Iorque
Artist in Residency, ZhDK + City of Zurich, Zurich

Artist in Residency, Lichtenberg Studios, Berlin

International Support Grant, Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian, Portugal

Emerging Artist Grant, Hong Kong Arts Development Council, Hong Kong

Hong Kong Biennial Awards, Hong Kong Museum of Art, Hong Kong
Artist in Residency Fuse, Videotage, Hong Kong

Best Creative Work Award, Highjacking Public Spaces, InMedia, Hong Kong

Investigation Scholarship, Fundação Oriente, Portugal

Solo exhibitions


Room Service, Absolut Art Bar, Potato Head, Hong Kong
.Connecting. ( with Irini Miga) PRACTICE, New York

Green Island, Edouard Malingue Gallery, Hong Kong

Benches, Stairs, Ramps, Ledges, Ground, Jacob Lewis Gallery, New York
CARGO, Museu Nacional de Arte Contemporânea - Museu do Chiado, Lisbon
Unlimited, Media Arts Asia Pacific, Brisbane
Mausoleum, Encounters, Art Basel Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Dormant Fabric, Counter Space, Zurich

Cast Away, Casa Garden - Fundação Oriente, Macao
Near and Elsewhere, Edouard Malingue Gallery, Hong Kong
Objects Encrypted, Goethe Institut, Hong Kong

Palimpseptic, Saamlung Gallery, Hong Kong

Forced Empathy - Anchored Monument I, Experimenta, Hong Kong

Sea of Mountains, ParaSite Art Space, Hong Kong

Experiments on the Notation of Shapes, Input Output Gallery, Hong Kong
Chirps, Videotage, Hong Kong

Selected Group exhibitions:


Bold2018, Bold Tendencies, London
Aquatopia, CFCCA, Manchester
Polyrhytmia, Castlefield Gallery, Manchester

Hors Les Murs, Jardin des Tulleries/Museé du Louvre, Paris

misty clouds, scaterred colours, Sapzio Ridotto, Venice
Scraggly Beard Grandpa, Capsule Shanghai, Shanghai
City Limits, M+ / Broadway Cinematheque, Hong Kong
Left Overs ( with Andreia Santana), HANGAR, Lisbon

Time Test, CAFA, Beijing

Both Sides Now II – It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, Chronus Art Center, Ray Art Center, Shanghai; chi K11 art space, Connecting Spaces, British Council, Hong Kong; Phoenix, Leicester; Electric Palace Cinema, Hastings; Fabrica, Brighton; Aspex Gallery, Portsmouth; Institute of Contemporary Art, London
Homeless Monalisa, Colégio das Artes, Coimbra

LANDSEASKY, Guangdong Museum of Art, Guangzhou

Invisible Light, Edouard Malingue Gallery, Hong Kong

LOOP, Casa Asia, Barcelona

Algumas Razoes para uma Arte Nao Demissionária, Laboratório das Artes, Guimaraes

Gestern, Lichtenberg Studios, Berlin

Landseasky, Artsonje Center, Seoul; OCT Contemporary Art Terminal, Shanghai; MAAP, Brisbane; Guangzhou Museum, Guangzhou
The Part in the Story, Witte de With, Rotterdam

Latent Spaces, Haw Par Villa, Singapore
Vladivostok Biennale, Vladivostok
Paper Rain, Art Basel Hong Kong, Hong Kong

Decelarator, European House of Art of Upper Bavaria, Freising
Living as Art Form, Independent Curators International, New York

Hong Kong Eye, Saatchi Gallery, London

Living as Art Form, Videotage, Hong Kong

Performing the Archipelago, Spring Workshop + Asia Art Archive, Hong Kong
rites, thoughts, notes, sparks, swings, strikes. a Hong Kong spring, ParaSite Art Space, Hong Kong

What should I do to live your life, Sharjah Art Foundation, Sharjah

The 4th Sate of Water, C.o.C.A., Torun
Future Nostalgia, Shenzen Urbanism and Architecture Biennale, Shenzhen
Immersive Surfaces, Dumbo Arts Festival, Brooklyn, New York

The Creators Project, Ullens Center of Contemporary Art, Beijing

Collective Consciousness, OV Gallery, Shanghai
Seoul International New Media Festival, Seoul

New Media Archeology II, Videotage, Hong Kong

Unit for Sound Practice and Research, Goldsmiths University, London

Nuits Sonores, Museum of Contemporary Art, Lyon

Writing of the Wall, Kunsthalle Kowloon, ArtHK, Hong Kong

New Media Archeology, Videotage, ArtHK, Hong Kong

Imaginary Belongings, Museu do Oriente, Lisbon

Special Projects ( with Nadim Abbas), Hong Kong Artwalk, Hong Kong

AllanNederpelt Gallery, Brooklyn, New York

Decelarator, Sur La Montagne, Berlin

Decelarator, Videospace, Budapest

Double Happiness, Meet Factory, Prague

Writing Machine Collective, Y-Square, Hong Kong
Experimenta Mostra de Video Arte, SESC, Sao Paulo
Against Easy Listening, 1a Space, Hong Kong ‘
The Creators Project, 798 Space, Beijing

Cross City Experience, BEAF, Brisbane

A Story of Siamese Cities, Doublehappiness Studio, Hong Kong

Sigma, Osage Gallery, Hong Kong

The Conditional Form of the Real, Garage Centre for Contemporary Culture, Moscow

Moscow International Young Art Biennial, National Centre for Contemporary Arts, Moscow

Hong Kong Biennial Awards, Hong Kong Museum of Art, Hong Kong
Unmeasured Music, Input/Output Gallery, Hong Kong

Microwave International New Media Art Festival, Hong Kong

London International Festival of Exploratory Music, London
Architecture is Discourse with Music, Hong Kong Cultural Center, Hong Kong

FILE Hypersonica International Festival of Electronic Language, Sao Paulo
Athens Video Art Festival, Athens
Cities of Desire, CityTransit, Vienna

Waterland Kwanying, 2Kolegas, Beijing

Hong Kong & Shenzhen Architecture and Urbanism Biennial, Hong Kong

2pi Festival, Hangzhou

Dump Noise, Shanghai Street Artspace, Hong Kong


Paper Rain com Arto Lindsay, performance para Art Basel Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Decelarator com Alexandre Hacke ( Einstürzende Neubauten), video, vários locais,
Noise to Signal com Zbigniew Karkowsky, performance e publicação digital.
Unlimited with Vagus Nerve (Li Jiahong + Wei Wei ), video para MAAP, Brisbane
Catwalk with Nadim Abbas, instalação para Hong Kong Art Walk


Emma Enderby, Samuel Saelemakers, Robin Peckham, "Joao Vasco Paiva", Edouard Malingue Gallery, Hong Kong, 2016;
William Lim, The No Colors, Hatje Cantz, Germany, 2014;
Nigel Hurst, Serenela Ciclitira, Hong Kong Eye, Skira, London, 2013;
Claudia Pestana, What Could I do to live in Your Life, Sharjah Art Foundation, UAE, 2012;
ASPECT V20 The Cinematic ( DVD), ASPECT, 2012


Tod Meyers, Critics Picks:“Scraggly Beard Grandpa”, Artforum, November 2017
Fi Churchman, Five to see in Shanghai, Art Review, November 2017
Hashtag Legend, Under Art’s Influence, March 2017
Lisa Birch, “Interview // ‘Room Service’ Bar by João Vasco Paiva in Hong Kong”, BerlinArtLink, March 2017
Mousse Magazine, “Joao Vasco Paiva “Green Island” at Edouard Malingue Gallery, September 2016
Lee, Christie, ‘Unidentifiable Objects: João Vasco Paiva’, COBO Social, November 2016
Sophia Jones-Williams, “Green Island” , Art Asia Pacific , October 2016
Christina Sanches, Koreheva Artomity " A Portuguese Man in Hong Kong ", October 2016
Walsh, Tim, “Postcard from Brisbane”, Frieze Magazine, October 2016
Wood, Richard, “Benches, Ramps, Ledges, Ground”, Artomity , June 2016
John Batten, “Extraordinary Objetcs”, The Peak, October 2015
The Art Newspaper, “Guided tour of the fair’s avenues” , March 2015
Sam Gaskin, “The Art You Missed During Art Basel in Hong Kong”, Ocula, March 2015
Ming Lin, Art Basel Hong Kong, Art Agenda, March 2015
Catherine Shaw, Wallpaper Magazine, March 2015
Zoe Li, What Sold at Art Basel Hong Kong, ArtNet, March 2015
BBC, BBC Culture ( broadcast), March 2015
Moore, Christopher, Devotions Upon Emergent Occasions, Ran Dian
Magazine, Março 2015
Pauline J. Yao, Top 10 2014, Artforum, Print, December 2014
HG Masters, “Cast Away - Joao Vasco Paiva “, Art Asia Pacific, June 2014
Vice Magazine, Creators ( video ), November 2012
Pehckam, Robin, “ A New Documentation”, Digicult 2011