Artist Statement

Duma was born in Lisbon, Portugal where she currently lives and works. After graduating in Advertising from IADE - Visual Arts, Design and Marketing Institute, Duma went off to study painting and drawing at the National Society of Fine Arts, in Lisbon.

Duma 's work focuses primarily on female figure, depicting various facets in a typically enigmatic, mysterious and anonymous way, never showing the entire figure. Without the surrounding environment, the viewer is led to imagine a story for each character. The idea is to show that we do not really get to know anyone deeply, not even ourselves. There is always an unknown part of the whole. Duma 's characters are full of glamour, innocent but provocative, frail but also strong, dichotomies present in female but also human behaviour in general.​


"Heartseekers" - Red Nankim Gallery - Oporto | Portugal

"Light and Darkness" - Espaço Exibicionista Gallery - Lisbon | Portugal

"The Warrior Flowers" - Nuno Sacramento Contemporary Art - ìlhavo | Portugal

"Opposites Attract" - Double solo show: Duma + Helena Reis - Penumbra Gallery - Lisbon | Portugal

"Seasons and Moods" - Rastro Gallery - Figueira da Foz | Portugal

"Intimate Dialogs" - Double solo show: Aunia Kahn + Duma - Pink Zeppelin Gallery - Berlin | Germany

"The daily mood of Duma" - Herr Beinlich Contemporary Fine Art Space - Bielefeld -Germany

"Botanicis, Florae et Reginae" - Galeria Rastro - Figueira da Foz

"Butterfly Effect" - Galeria Other Things - Óbidos
"Spring Reflections" - Influx Projects - Lisboa
"Heart Stories" - Storytailors - Lisboa

"Sweet" - Galeria São Mamede - Lisboa

"Encontros" - Exposição conjunta com Heitor Chichorro - Galeria Rastro - Figueira da Foz

"Black Stripes" - Fundação Pedro Álvares Cabral e Galeria Quattro - Lisboa
"REFLEX - Part II" - Pinacoteca de Arte Contemporânea - Almonte - Espanha
"REFLEX - Part II" - Palacio de la Serna - Ciudad Real - Espanha  -  Galeria Quattro e
Fundaçao Henrique Leotte

"Glam" - Nuno Sacramento - Arte Contemporanea - Aveiro
"Reflex" - Galeria Quatro - Leiria

"Decifra o meu silencio" - Fundaçao Henrique Leote e Galeria Quattro - Convento
de S. Paulo - Estremoz
"Frame by Frame - Part 2" - Galeria Espacio Kubiko - Madrid (Espanha)
"Frame by Frame" - Galeria Quattro - Leiria
Serv'Artes - Galeria de Arte e Design - Porto

"Linhas Cruzadas" - Galeria LM - Sintra
Galeria Forum Lisboa

"Naturezas Internas" - 4M Galeria de Arte - Viseu

Galeria LCR - Sintra

Galeria Augusto Bertholo - Alhandra
Galeria LCR - Sintra

Alexandre Art Gallery - Miami - EUA
Casa de Cultura D. Pedro V - Mafra

Hangar K7 - Oeiras

Galeria Pepper's - Caldas da Rainha
Galeria Espiral - Lisboa


The Guide Artists Magazine - February 2018 - USA

Open the Book Magazine - September - 2017 - Switzerland

VIP Magazine - September 2015 - Portugal

Radar Station Magazine - Spring 2015 - USA

Catapult Art Mag - Issue #28 - March 2014 - USA

Miroir Magazine - "Memoire" Issue - November 2013 - USA

In Magazine - June 2013

Directarts International #1 - May 2012

Sodium Magazine #4 - July 2010

Poets & Artists Magazine - March/ April 2010 - USA

Poets & Artists Magazine - January 2010 - USA

Revista Casa & Jardim Novembro/December 2009

Scriptus, Edição VII - September 2009

Share Mag #2 - July 2009
"Perfil" - Nova Gente Deco, nº24 - July 2009

I & D Magazine, Issue 2 - United Kingdom - 2009

Nova Gente Deco, nº20 - March 2009

"Pintura Contemporanea Portuguesa - 100 Pintores" - Orofaber - 2008

Casa Claudia - December 2008

Artigo "Duma - Espelhos Nossos" - Revista Espaço & Design nº 58 - June 2008

"Curto-Circuito" - Sic Radical - 22-05-2008

Reportagem no "Cartaz das Artes" - TVI - 02-11-2006

Revista Week End - Jornal ABC - Madrid - Espanha - September 2006

Dizionario d'Arte Moderna e Contemporanea 2004/2005 - Italia

Revista Eles & Elas - December 2004

Dizionario Enciclopédico internazionale d'Arte Moderna e Contemporanea
2003/2004 - Italia

Anuario de Artistas 2003 (Artists' Yearbook 2003) - Graphic-Art - Espanha

Anuario Internacional de Artes 2003 - Fernando Infante do Carmo - Portugal

Interview - Forty Nine Questions and Art Ain't One
  1. Favourite Colour? Black (not a colour.. I know! ;-)
  2. When you were growing up what did you want to be? Fashion Designer
  3. Name the Place you’d most like to live in? Paris
  4. Seaside or Countryside  Seaside
  5. You’re hosting a dinner party what’s your signature dish?  Sea food
  6. Dogs or Cats?  Dogs
  7. What was your nickname at school?  I didn't have one
  8. Most influential person in your life? Many people… not only one
  9. If you could go back in time to which period would you go to?  To the 60's or to the Victorian Era
  10. Name an Instagram account you follow.  @runwaygallery
  11. Favourite Museum or Gallery  The Albertina Museum - Vienna - Austria
  12. If money was no object, what luxury item would you buy yourself?  An Alexander McQueen Dress
  13. First single/album you bought.  I always used to record tapes from my friends' records :-D but the first one I bought was from Depeche Mode - Violator
  14. Person you’d love to meet?  Elon Musk
  15. Describe your ultimate romantic date.  In any place in Paris.
  16. You are happiest when…….  When I am painting, travelling or in an almost desert beach
  17. What makes you sad?  The way we are manipulated by the world's leaders
  18. If you could change one thing about the world.  Wow.. only one? No Lobbies
  19. What’s the first thing on your bucket list?  Visit Japan
  20. Favourite Restaurant? A good sea food restaurant. In Algarve (Portugal) there are lots of good ones! 
  21. Book shop or Record Shop?  Book shop
  22. Name your favourite book? So many!! I like to read History, politics and psychology books but the first one that impressed me a lot was The Perfume by Patrick Suskind.
  23. Pet Hate  Violence to animals.
  24. Prize Possession  My little Art collection of small drawings and paintings from some artists I love
  25. How many tattoos/piercings do you have? 2 piercings
  26. Gym or Jim Bean?  None of them :-D
  27. What colour are your eyes?  Brown
  28. Junk Food which is your dirty secret?  Hamburgers at any shop
  29. What’s your poison?  Sweets
  30. Describe your morning routine.  Take a shower, breakfast and going to the Studio to give painting and drawing classes from 10am to 1pm.
  31. Where do you call home? Lisbon
  32. What makes you laugh? Silly things, dogs and my husband
  33. What perfume/aftershave do you use? Good Girl by Carolina Herrera
  34. What’s your favourite season and why?  Summer. I love hot weather and going to the beach.. though I'm pale as a ghost!!
  35. Describe the wildest night out you’ve ever had. My nights out are not so wild! :-D  I usually go out to see a rock concert or to be with friends in a club or at someone's home.
  36. What opportunity have you turned down?  None. I finished my studies in Advertising and, after 2 years working in a computer company I decided that my life was painting and I left everything to pursue my dream.
  37. Have you ever been arrested?  No
  38. Favourite Quote?  I don't really have a specific quote, but I like to follow what I feel at the moment.. if it was wrong, well.. it's something to learn about.
  39. First Gig?  The first big band I saw was Metallica in Lisbon, 1993
  40. Biggest Regret?  Never have lived in another country. I would love to have that experience.. but I'm still on time.
  41. Describe something that you are proud of  Living my dream, doing what I most like in life that is painting and living on it.
  42. Describe yourself in 3 words.  Shy, sensitive and ice cream lover
  43. Favourite film. The fabulous Destiny of Amélie Poulain
  44. How many pairs of shoes do you own?  … hmmm.. too many, specially boots.. maybe 40
  45. Describe a favourite walk  Walk in a city where I've never been or walk by the sea
  46. Tell us what’s in your bag/pockets  Wallet with some money and cards, keys, lipsticks and my phone
  47. Who was the last person you called?  My husband
  48. What’s the tune/band that you are listening to the most?  Warpaint and Cigarettes after sex
  49. What’s your cure for a hangover?  I usually don't drink much alcohol so, no hangover. 


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