Solo exhibitions:

3/4, Cidade PreOcupada, Escoural

Placid For A While, Zona Mista, London
Exolinguistics, Lehman+Silva, Porto

Room Service, Absolut Art Bar, 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, Lisboa

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

Selected group exhibitions:

Abril Vermelho, CAV, Coimbra

Cut Down The Middle, Galerias Municipais ( Galeria da Avenida da India), Lisboa

Tales of a City, Denny Dimin Gallery, New York
Arquivo da Destruição ( by Pedro Lagoa), Culturgest (online), Lisboa
Must Dream About Blue Tonight, Sifang Art Museum, Nanjing

Condo London, Kate MacGarry Gallery, London
Dreams, Illusions, Phantom Flowers, Elephant West, London
Heap of Language, Tai Kwun– Centre for Heritage and Arts, Hong Kong

Bold2018, Bold Tendencies, London
Aquatopia, CFCCA, Manchester
D-Tale, Videos from the Pearl River Delta, Times Art Centre, Berlin

Polyrhytmia, Castlefield Gallery, Manchester
Hors Les Murs, Jardin des Tuleries / Museu do Louvre, Paris
misty clouds, scaterred colours, Sapzio Ridotto, Venice
Scraggly Beard Grandpa, Capsule, Shangai
City Limits, M+ / Broadway Cinematheque, Hong Kong
Left Overs ( with Andreia Santana), HANGAR, Lisboa

Time Test, Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing

Mausoleum, Encounters, Art Basel Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Both Sides Now II – It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, Chronus Art Center, Ray Art Center, Newcastle; chi K11 art space, Shangai;
Connecting Spaces, British Council, Hong Kong; Fabrica, Brighton; Aspex Gallery, Portsmouth; Institute of Contemporary Art, London;
LANDSEASKY, Guangdong Museum of Art, Guangzhou
Invisible Light, Edouard Malingue Gallery, Hong Kong
LOOP, Casa Asia, Barcelona

A few reasons for a non dismissive art, Laboratório das Artes, Guimarães
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 ( with Arto Lindsay), 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, Center of Contemporary Art, Torun

Future Nostalgia, Shenzen Architecture Biennale, Idutang Project Space, Shenzhen
Immersive Surfaces, Dumbo Arts Festival, New York
The Creators Project, Ullens Center of Contemporary Art, Beijing
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, Lisboa
Special Projects, Hong Kong Artwalk, Hong Kong
AllanNederpelt Gallery, 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
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 Bienniale, Hong Kong


Paper Rain with Arto Lindsay, Art Basel Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Decelarator with Alexandre Hacke ( Einstürzende Neubauten), exhibition, dvd, several locations
Noise to Signal with Zbigniew Karkowsky, performance, digital release, Sigma/ Re Records, Hong Kong.
Unlimited with Vagus Nerve (Li Jiahong + Wei Wei ), MAAP, Brisbane
CatWalk with Nadim Abbas, Hong Kong Art Walk

Grants, Awards, Residencies:

A.I.R., Red Gate Gallery/Triangle Network, Beijing
A.I.R. HANGAR Centro de Investigação Artistica, Lisboa
A.I.R. ZhDK + City of Zurich, Zurich
A.I.R., Artspace, Sidney
A.I.R. Lichtenberg Studios, Berlin
Finalist, Sovereign Art Foundation Asia,Hong Kong
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
A.I.R. Fuse Artist in Residence, Videotage , Hong Kong
Best Creative Work Award, Highjacking Public Spaces, InMedia, Hong Kong
Investigation Schollarship, Fundação Oriente, Portugal

Main Collections:

Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Yorkshire
The Israel Museum, Jerusalem
Sifang Art Museum, Nanjing
Soho House, Hong Kong
M+, Hong Kong
Camara Municipal do Porto, Porto
Soho House, Hong Kong


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

Licenciatura Bietápica em Artes Plásticas- Pintura , Escola Superior Artística do Porto


Guest Lecturer, China Academy of Art, Hangzhou
2010 - 2012
Lecturer, Hong Kong Art School - RMIT University, Hong Kong / Melbourne
2008- 2010
Lecturer, School of Creative Media, School of Creative Media, City University of Hong Kong
Teaching Assistant, School of Creative Media, City University of Hong Kong


What Could I do to Live your Life, Architecture Department, American University of Sharjah, Sharjah, UAE
Ecological Reduction, Department of Musicology, Goldsmiths University, London, UK
Telematic Art, Calgary University of Calgary, Calgary, Canada


Claudia Pestana, Tobi Meyer, John Batten, Joao Vasco Paiva, Cut Down the Middle, Galerias Municipais de Lisboa - EGEAC, 2022;
Cici Wu, Wang Xu, Practice x Wind, nonsensical, New York, 2018;
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

Selected Press:

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, Setptember 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 “João Vasco Paiva”, October 2016

Walsh, Tim, “Postcard from Brisbane”, Frieze Magazine, October 2016

Wood, Richard, “Benches, Ramps, Ledges, Ground”, Artomity , June 2016

John Batten, “Extraordinary Objects”, 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, March 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

Peckham, Robin, “ A New Documentation”, Digicult 2011