Ana + Betânia are Ana Cruz and Maria de Betânia (b. 1983).
Ana and Betânia started working together on sculptural ceramics back in 2012, in an academic research program on ceramics in the Fine Arts Faculty of Lisbon.
They are now based in Caldas da Rainha, a city known for its ceramics production both in industry and traditional handcraft.
Their body of work is often influenced by Portuguese popular ceramics, but the concepts and subjects they bring up are way far from traditional.
Conceptually, an analysis about the feminine is proposed. Not “The Feminine” as a solemn, philosophical idea, but the time-permeable feminine being, visible through the multiple and complex mutations that women suffer involuntary throughout their existential march.
The duo appropriates a surreal, humorous language, deconstructing the human body (both male and female), so to build visual metaphors that appeal both to tenderness and delicacy… in a perverted, twisted way.
Playful and brutal at the same time.
2002-2008: B.A. and M.F.A. in Painting and Ceramics, Fine Arts Faculty of Lisbon University, PT.
2013 - present: Ana Cruz is a member of the International Academy of Ceramics (I.A.C.).
2009 - present: Both Ana and Betânia are art therapists at two mental health institutes in Lisbon.
2017: 1rst Honorable Mention, CERCO, Zargoza, ES.
2014: 1st Prize, 17th Biennial of Esplugues, Barcelona, ES.
2011: Honourable mention, 10th Biennial of Artistic Ceramics, Aveiro, PT.
2010: Honourable mention, CERCO, Zaragoza, ES.
2009: 3rd Prize, 9th Biennial of Artistic Ceramics, Aveiro, PT.
2015: Oficinas da Cerâmica e da Terra (Earth and Ceramics Center), Montemor-o-Novo, PT.
2014: Oficinas do Convento, Montemor-o-Novo, PT.
2012: “Muel Ceramics Alive” (residency and scholarship) at Escuela-Taller de Cerámica de Muel - with Rafa Perez and Miguel Molet -, Zaragoza, ES.
2018:"Entre Falas", Faculty of Fine Arts, Lisbon, PT.
2015: Iberian Residency of Ceramics, National Tile Museum, Lisbon, PT.
2018: "M A T E R", FOCO Gallery, Lisbon, PT.
2017: “Flesh Flowers”, Antonia Puyo Gallery, Zaragoza, ES.
2016: “Entre Folhos” (“Private Parts”), City Gallery, Montemor-o-Novo, PT.
2015: “Femina”, Abraço Gallery, Lisbon, PT.
2019: “GENESIS”, FOCO Gallery, Lisbon, PT.
2018: “Sculpture and Ceramics Show”, Royal Opera Arcade Gallery, London, UK.
"Âmago", Bang Bang Gallery, Lisbon, PT.
2017: CERCO, Zaragoza, ES.
13th Biennial of Artistic Ceramics, Aveiro, PT
"Ouro sobre Azul", Jardins Efémeros, Viseu, PT.
“Manas das Caldas”, Caldas Late Night, Caldas da Rainha, PT.
2016: “Contemporary Ceramics”, Quartel Gallery, Abrantes, PT.
2015: “Barreiro Rocks” Music Festival, Barreiro, PT.
2015: 12th Biennial of Artistic Ceramics, Aveiro, PT.
2015: “Artistes Premisats”, Potters Association of Catalonia Gallery, Barcelona, ES.
2015: “Carmo is a womanly name”, Carmo’81 Gallery , Viseu, PT.
2015: “11”, Abraço Gallery, Lisbon, PT.
2014: “Give it a shot” (happening), Montemor-o-Novo, PT.
2013: “Face to Face: Portugal and China”, Fine Arts Faculty Gallery and Foyer of Lisbon University Rectorate, Lisbon, PT.
2012: “Virgin Capital” (happening), Muel, ES.
2012: “Museum-Kampus”, National Museum of Contemporary Art, Lisbon, PT.