Natacha Martins

About the Artist

Natacha Martins grew up in Portugal and graduated with a BFA in painting from theUniversity of Porto. Upon graduation, Natacha entered the Erasmus Program to expand her studies in Italy, followed by a successful residency in 2019 at the Pilotenkueche International Art Program, in Leipzig, Germany, the country where she has settled, as it offers her a strong connection with history and a vibrant contemporary art scene.

Natacha is a gifted painter. Standing on the shoulders of masters such as El Greco, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Chaïm, Soutine, or Max Beckmann, she uses the materiality of paint to depict human complexity. Like her predecessors, the German Expressionists of the early 1900s, she captures moods with arresting brushstrokes and a masterful use of color, amplifying the strength of a deceptive self-referential intimacy. While Natacha’s works cannot be considered self-portraits, her paintings stand as a testament to the influence of her environment.

Her effective use of ambitious and complex spatial compositions keeps the eye of the viewer travelling through the work, adding a sense of urgency. Natacha has the power to create emotional distortions with the movement of her brush, using the rawness of contrast and expression to connects us back with our primal nature. She gives herself to the voyeur through her paintings, forming a powerful but deceitful link with the observer. She has occasionally used performance as a vehicle, allowing the characters of her paintings to exit the canvas, just as she did when she slept in front of the Crucifixion and Deposition of Christ, a triptych she presented in 2019 at the Biennial of Contemporary Art in Leipzig.

Natacha Martins’ art evolves in response to changes in her surroundings, still-lives, studio vistas, and nature recently appearing as her subjects. Despite these shifts, the work maintains strong ties to her roots. Natacha, like many Renaissance and Baroque Portuguese artists, has employed wood to create polyptychs which at times recall the poignancy of Paula Rego’s legacy and her struggles.



2021 I Have Read and Agree with the terms, ArtLab24, Aveiro,Portugal

Confessionário, Galeria Ocupa, Porto, Portugal

2020 Point of No Return, Das Japanische Haus e. V., Leipzig,Germany

Time Stands Slow Here, S1 Vinyl & Kaffe, Leipzig, Germany



2022 Prémio D. Fernando II XVII Edition, Museu Municipal deSintra, Portugal

2021 S/Título #1 Edition Publication Release, PrismaEstúdio, Lisbon, Portugal

Exhibition Jeune Création Européenne 2019-2021, BiennaleD’Art Contemporain in Villa

Mainona, Tremezzina, Italy 

Exhibition Jeune Création Européenne 2019-2021, BiennaleD’Art Contemporain in Casa

Empordà – Museu de l’Empordà, Figueres, Spain 

Exhibition Jeune Création Européenne 2019-2021, BiennaleD’Art Contemporain in Museu

Amadeo de Souza-Cardoso, Amarante, Portugal

Bienal VI Internacional de Arte em Espinho, Museu FACE,Portugal

Distant Encounters, Projectwohung Krudebude e.V. from theArt Festival ART

GO EAST, Leipzig, Germany

Abriga, Galeria Geraldes da Silva, Porto, Portugal

London Paint Club, Online

Vårsufflé 2021, Galleri Slätten, Sweden

2020 Jeune Création Européenne 2019-2021, Biennale D’ArtContemporain in Centrul de Interes, Cluj-Napoca, Romania 

ReA Milan Art Fair - Emerging Artists, Milan, Italy

Artist Residencie A Conversa, Galleria do Sol, Porto,Portugal

Jeune Création Européenne 2019-2021 in Biennale D’ArtContemporain, Science and Art Center “Brewery”, Cēsis, Latvia 

Somewhere New in Project Krudebrude e.V., Leipzig, Germany

Window Display in Fonda Space Leipzig, Germany

Curated For Covid in online (UK Initiative)

I Am a Calm Person, but I Get Anger Bursts in Lisbon,Portugal

Online Residency MODS VIRTUAL LAB 

Exhibition With Us, online (Portuguese Initiative)

Jeune Création Européenne 2019-2021, Biennale D’ArtContemporain, The Art

Building in Vrå, Hjørring, Denmark 

Acto Isolado, Private Curatorial Residence, Porto, Portugal

A Conspiração da Arte, Zet Gallery, Braga, Portugal 

2019 Exchange Project PORTO – LEIPZIG Art under Condition:Post / Colonialism Coordinated by

Miguel Leal and Andreas Broeckmann, Porto, Portugal 

Artistic Residence WORKOUT THINKLOUD, Fundação da Juventude,Porto 

Artistic Residence “PSSSSS” Open Studio Exhibition, DeLiceiras,Porto, Portugal 

Exhibition Eventually - Painting Graduation, Museu FBAUP,Porto, Portugal 

Exhibition Jeune Création Européenne 2019-2021, BienalleD’Art Contemporain in Beffroi de Montrouge, Paris, France 

Reset unsettling flesh layers, Alte Handelsschule, Leipzig,Germany 

Artist Talk  Resetunsettling flesh layers, Alte Handelsschule, Leipzig, Germany 

Overwhelmed Incorporeal Happiness, PilotenkuecheInternational Artistic Residencie, Leipzig, Germany 

2018 Festival APARTE, C.C. Cedofeita, Porto,Portugal 

2017 Estéreo.Utopias Collective D-FRENTE, GaleriaOitavo, Porto, Portugal 

Dejá-Vu Collective D-FRENTE, Antigo Hospital Maria-Pia,Porto, Portugal 

YES NO, CACE, Porto, Portugal 

Drawing in Uncertainty, Museu FBAUP, Porto, Portugal 

2016 Images of the Interior Body, Rectory University ofPorto, Portugal

In.formalities Collective D-FRENTE, Galeria Oitavo, Porto,Portugal


2021, Prize XVII D. Fernando II from Museu Municipal de Sintra

2020, Nomination as Fine Arts Acquisition Year 2019 Prize, FBAUP, Porto, Portugal 

2019-2021, Nomination as Representive Portuguese Artist in Jeune Création Européenne, Bienalle D’Art Contemporain


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