Inspired mostly by the botanical universe Nuno Gil's work emerges from a system of meticulously crafted shapes. On the limit between figuration and abstraction, his compositions result from the accumulation of thousands of unique pieces. The excessive and repetitive labour put into each cut out, is replicated by the use of materials and techniques, commonly associated with Crafts. Large surfaces of painted papers or embossed leathers are filled with endless patterns following an all over logic. These are the starting point of a destruction and reconfiguration process that creates an alphabet of shapes in constant evolution.
Nuno Gil was born in 1983 in Lisbon. He now lives and works in Lisbon.
He completed his BA in Painting in the Faculty of Fine Arts of Lisbon in 2008. In 2012 he had his first solo exhibition Cloudy in Modulo Gallery. Since then, his work has been shown across Portugal, Spain, Italy and the UK. In 2016 he had his first international solo exhibition A Practical Guide to Trees, in Madrid at Espacio Valverde Gallery. In 2022 Gil's works were presented in the National Museum of Contemporary Art in Lisbon. He was selected for the book 100 Painters of Tomorrow (2014, Thames & Hudson). Gil's works have been acquired by several public and private collections in Portugal, Spain, France, UK, US and Mexico. He was awarded a scholarship from the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation.