Ana Jotta is the big winner of the 2013 edition of the EDP Foundation Art Grand Prize.
The jury underlined “her constant inventiveness which gives her remarkable contemporary meaning”. “There is a humour and impertinence in her work that challenges and makes it permanently current. In this sense, she will certainly be explored by the younger generations. The diversity of her work, far from being a sign of eclecticism, is the affirmation of a unique multiplicity and complexity.”
Ana Jotta was born in 1946, in Lisbon, where she currently resides. She attended Lisbon’s Fine Arts Faculty and the École des Arts Visuels et d’Architecture de l’Abbaye de la Cambre, in Brussels.
After a period when she concentrated on theatre (1969-80), her activity shifted to the visual arts, where she explored several media like drawing, painting, sculpture, photography, installation, sound and writing.
Since the early 1990s, she has been a frequent presence at art fairs such as ARCO and Art Brussels. In 2005, she held a retrospective exhibition at the Serralves Museum entitled Rua Ana Jotta: retrospetiva. In 2012, she took part in the exhibition Riso at the Electricity Museum, in Lisbon.
Her work is represented in several public and private collections belonging to entities such as EDP Foundation, Gulbenkian Foundation’s Modern Art Centre, Fundación ARCO, Luso-American Foundation and Serralves Foundation.