Maria Madeira


Maria Madeira in Gleno, Tim­or-Leste 1969 

Lives and works in Perth, Australia 

The Por­tuguese Air Force evac­u­at­ed Madeira from Tim­or in 1976 dur­ing the Indone­sian inva­sion. Madeira spent most of the fol­low­ing eight years in a refugee camp run by the Red Cross on the out­skirts of Lis­bon in Por­tu­gal. She migrat­ed with her fam­i­ly to Aus­tralia in August 1983.

Over the years, Madeira obtained sev­er­al aca­d­e­m­ic qual­i­fi­ca­tions. She grad­u­at­ed with a B.A. Fine Arts (Visu­al Arts) Degree from Curtin Uni­ver­si­ty in 1991. Two years lat­er she received a Grad­u­ate Diplo­ma of Edu­ca­tion (Major in Art) from the same uni­ver­si­ty. In 1996, Madeira obtained her sec­ond degree, a B.A. in Polit­i­cal Sci­ence from Mur­doch Uni­ver­si­ty. In 2019, she final­ly obtained a post­grad­u­ate (Doc­tor of Phi­los­o­phy – Art) from Curtin Uni­ver­si­ty in Australia.

Between 1996 and 2000, Madeira worked in West­ern Aus­tralia as a high school art teacher, visu­al artist and cul­tur­al advi­sor for sev­er­al arts and cul­tur­al organ­i­sa­tions. Between the 2000 and 2004, she returned to Tim­or-Leste to live and play her part in the recov­ery, rebuild­ing and devel­op­ment of her beloved coun­try and the newest nation in Asia. Madeira cur­rent­ly lives in Perth with her part­ner and son.

Madeira has pro­duced art­work in a wide range of media, from paint­ing to sculp­ture, draw­ing, mixed media col­lage and instal­la­tion work. Her work has been shown in over 30 inter­na­tion­al exhi­bi­tions across Aus­tralia, Por­tu­gal, Brazil, Macau, Indone­sia and Timor-Leste.

Maria Madeira rep­re­sents Tim­or-Leste at the 60th Inter­na­tion­al Venice Bien­nale, 2024.


Maria Madeira | 60TH Inter­na­tion­al Venice Biennale

Kiss and Don’t Tell 20 April – 24 Novem­ber 2024 Tim­or-Leste Pavil­ion at 60th […]

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