Cristina Rodrigues is a Portuguese artist and architect born in Porto in 1980. She graduated in architecture and completed a Masters degree in medieval and renaissance history at the University of Porto, Portugal. She later moved to Manchester, United Kingdom, where she lectured at university and was awarded a PhD research grant from Manchester School of Art.
By combining her many interests, namely culture, oral traditions and textiles, she created ‘The Blanket’, one of her most emblematic works. The original version of this contemporary art installation was made with Idanha-a- Nova’s traditional instrument, the adufe, cotton lace and satin ribbons.
In situ, Cristina’s art installations and sculptures become jewels, lushly adorning ordinary objects with baroque detail. She masterfully combines creative flair with everyday items. Each of her art installations is locally inspired yet universal in meaning, and it intentionally touches the lives of all those involved in its artistic production.
Cristina’s practice is marked by simple aesthetics, almost always based on ethnographic research. Her art celebrates the role of women in contemporary society, and explores themes such as emigration and contemporary society.
Cristina’s work has been admired by several hundred thousand visitors across different parts of the world, in various exhibitions, such as: ‘Issues of Urbanization’, at GDMOA – Guangdong Museum Of Art, in Guangzhou, China; ‘21st Century Rural Museum’, at MUDE – Museu do Design e da Moda, in Lisbon, Portugal; ‘My Country Through Your Eyes’ at the MNA – Museu Nacional de Arqueologia of the Jeronimos Monastery, in Lisbon, Portugal; ‘The House’, at Zweigstelle Berlin, Germany; ‘Women From My Country’, at the Manchester Cathedral, United Kingdom; ‘Heaven Descends to Earth’, at the Santa Maria de Alcobaça Monastery, Portugal; ‘Guardian Angels’, at Tatton Park Mansion, in Cheshire, United Kingdom; ‘Underlying Beauty’ at S. Clemente Palace, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and ‘La Pasión’ at the Portuguese Pavilion, in Seville, Spain.
Sponsored by Municipio de Viseu