who is she

Sylvia Morgado is a mixed media artist and writer who had exhibited in the UK and internationally. Making the use of thought provoking techniques to engage spectators, her body of work assembles text, storytelling, installation, performance and interactivity, exploring the senses; leading visitors to a participatory multi-sensory experience.

Recent projects include also painting, photography, video, sound. Is common in her work the use of recycled materials and typewriters. Her practice reflects her passion for words (written or spoken) and her stories are short and at the same time poetical and sharp; fragments of everyday life.

Her work is a mixture of different interests and cultural influences. Interactivity is an outstanding point in her works, which has influences of artists such Helio Oiticica, one of the pioneers in the viewer participation movement, Neo-Concretism, Fluxus, Conceptual and Pop Art, besides Concrete Poetry, Modern Literature, Tropicália and Bossa Nova are some references in Morgado’s works.

As part of her practice, she runs the INTERATIVOS creative workshop and exchange since November 2016 at The Create Place/ St Margaret’s House, in London, once a month.

In London, Morgado performed at the Victoria & Albert Museum; completed a residency at the Barbican Centre, as part of the project Hack the Barbican, interacting directly with participants; and has exhibited and performed at Debut Contemporary Gallery. In Los Angeles, she was part of group exhibitions at the Orange County Centre for Contemporary Art (OCCCA) and FlagStop – an alternative contemporary arts event, as well as she had her works shown at the Hudison Lindk Gallery.

Morgado has three self-published books: “It happens!”; very short stories, “Untitled,” a poetic prose in dialogue format; and “23seconds”, a collection of 23 short stories of everyday life. All of them are part of performance installations.

Born in Rio de Janeiro (1977), Brazil. Lives and works in London.


2015 Foundation Arts & Design Mary Ward Centre – London, UK

2009-2010 MA Writing: Imaginative Practice – University of East London, UK

1995-1998 BA Journalism – UniverCidade, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil


2014 Awarded ‘Best Brazilian Visual Artist in the UK’ by the Brazilian International Press Awards Reino Unido @ Park Plaza Westminster Hotel – London

2013 Awarded ‘Best Brazilian Visual Artist in the UK’ by the Brazilian International Press Awards Reino Unido @ Embassy of Brazil London

2013 ‘Wiki-Art Challenge’ Award presented by Wiki-Art @ Art + Tech Hackathon – NEM Summit – Nantes


2013/14 ‘Wiki-Art Residency’: Collaborative development of a mobile app – Nantes, London & Brussels

2013 ‘INTERATIVOS’: Artist in residence @ Barbican Centre as part of “Hack the Barbican” 


2016-present INTERATIVOS creative workshop & exchange @ The Create Place, London

2017 ‘Sylvia Morgado – In Between’ solo show @ Favela Arts, Made in Brasil – London

2016  Open Studios, collective exhibition @ Space Studios, Martello Street – London

2016 ‘Troca-Troca’ exhibition with performance poet Alice Hsieh @ Stash Gallery – London

2016 Shortlisted to the Ibero-American Arts Award exhibition @ Sala Brasil, Embassy of Brazil London

2014 ‘Untitled’ Interactive storytelling installation – Expoart Brazil UK @ Brazilian Embassy of London

2014 ‘(NO) REGRETS II’ Performance installation at “Conscientia: Latin American Consciousness” @ Lloyds Club – London

2014 FET-ART Final Event – ICT & Art Connect – Show and presentation of the results of the Wikiart residency @ European Commission, Brussels

2013 ‘Lost Soles’ at London Design Festival @ Lost Soles Pop-up Gallery. 38 Earlham St WC2H 9LH – London

2013 INTERATIVOS + StoryHack.org one-day workshop @ Barbican Centre as part of ‘Hack the Barbican’

2012 ‘I wish’: Video performance @ Primorse Hill – London, UK – 06th Jan

2012 ‘Free Advice’: Performance at V&A Museum – Friday Late, Brazil Hot – London

2011/2012 ‘London Calling’ – Group exhibition @ Orange County Centre for Contemporary Art (OCCCA) – Los Angeles

2011 Group exhibition @ Hudison ¦ Lindk Gallery – Los Angeles

2011 ‘London Art Box (LAB) – Group exhibition of 13 UK based artists from Debut Contemporary @ FlagStop – Los Angeles

2011 Group exhibition @ DEBUT Contemporary – London

2011 ‘Sweet, Sweet, Sin’: an interactive installation @ POETICAL Cabaret – London

2011 ‘Untitled’ Interactive story telling installation at Made in East London – UEL Alumni showcase and network event @ Islington Metal Works – London

2010 ‘Rio’s war’ Concrete poem displayed on the walls and performed @ POETICAL Cabaret – London


2012 ‘23seconds’: Collection of short stories – London

2011 ‘It happens’: Collection of short stories typewritten on a toilet tissue roll – London

2010 ‘Untitled’: book. Poetic prose – London

2010 ‘23secs that’s how long our love affair lasts’: Poem published at Unbound online magazine, London


2013 The Flaneur “Hack the Barbican – experiments in art & technology”, 15 Aug 2013  (http://flaneur.me.uk/08/hack-the-barbican-experiments-in-art-technology-barbicancentre-htb2013/)

2013 Barbican Centre (daily twitters on the residency) @BarbicanCentre #HTB2013 – London, UK Aug

2013 Coluna “Gente Boa”, O Globo (Column), Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 3rd Sept

2012 Globonews (TV) “Papel higiênico vira obra de arte nas mãos da artista brasileira Silvia Morgado” 31st March http://glo.bo/H4HTCJ #globonews

2011 Coluna Ancelmo Gois, O Globo (article): “Arte no papel higienico” – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 2nd Dec

2011 Leros Magazine (article): Sylvia Morgado – London, UK June

2011 Brazilian News (Column): “Galeria Debut Contemporary e Brasil tudo a ver” – London, UK 18-24th Aug

2010 Easy Reader News Magazine – Easy Week “This Art Train is right on track – Full Stop pulls into Torrance for the Labor Day weekend” – Los Angeles

2010 Brazilian News (review by Filipe Maciel): “Ultimos dias para ver trabalhos inusitados de artista brasileira” – London, UK – 07-14th July

2010 Canal Londres (interview): “Artistas brasileiras em londres – Sylvia Morgado” – London, UK – May http://www.canallondres.tv/artistas-brasileiros-em-londres-sylvia-morgado/


2015 UCL Festival of the Arts @ UCL, Roberts Lecture Theatre – London

2012 ‘Visual Arts – Brazilian artists in Europe: Network & Visibility’ @ Hilton Hotel Canary Wharf, London

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