Carolina Piteira, contemporary figurative painter from Lisbon, Portugal. Blue monk, 2019. Photo © Radski Photo Studio

1.Tell us what you do and your beginnings.

I’ve been painting since I can remember. My mom is a graphic designer so I started playing with paint, colors and brushes from a young age. I realized painting was my life’s calling at an early age. I was 9 years hold when I broke my spine and had to spend 6 months lying on a bed. My only escape was through painting.

I started my career in London after graduating from the University of East London. Since I’ve been living between Lisbon, where I was born, and London.

2.What are your favorite museums in the world? Why?

I love to wander in Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall. I will never forget Ai Wei Wei’s hand painted sunflower seeds installation or Olafur Eliasson’s weather project. I’m always overwhelmed by the sheer magnitude of the building and the visual impact of the pieces in display.