Cabrita was born in 1956 in Lisbon, the city where he currently lives and works. His unique philosophical and poetical approach to issues related to space and memory has received stead international attention as early as the mid-1980s, first in sculpture and subsequently in a variety of other media: painting, photography, drawing and installation.
By assembling industrial and simple materials, found and manufactured objects and submitting them to constructive processes, Pedro Cabrita Reis recycles almost anonymous reminiscences of primordial gestures and actions repeated in everyday life. Underpinned by anthropological reflection contrary to reductive sociological narratives, Cabrita’s theoretically and formally diverse work gains a suggestive power of association which, going far beyond the visual, reaches a metaphorical dimension. In fact, it is upon silence and enquiry that the work of Cabrita Reis is built.
Pedro Cabrita Reis participated in important international exhibitions, such as Documenta IX and XIV in Kassel, in 1992 and 2017, respectively; the 21st and 24th São Paulo Biennal, in 1994 and 1998; the Venice Biennale, where he represented Portugal in 1995 (together with José Pedro Croft and Rui Chafes) and 2013 and was part of the 1997 Aperto exhibition; and the Xème Biennale de Lyon, The Spectacle of the Everyday, Lyon, in 2009.
His work has been featured in many exhibitions, including: Sometimes one can see the clouds passing by, Kunsthalle Bern, Bern, 2004; Stillness, Camden Arts Centre, London, 2004; True Gardens #3(Dijon), FRAC Bourgogne, Dijon, 2004; Pedro Cabrita Reis, MACRO – Museo d’Arte Contemporanea, Rome, 2006; La ciudad de adentro, OPA, Guadalajara, 2007; True Gardens #6, Kunsthaus Graz, Graz, 2008; Pedro Cabrita Reis, Fondazione Merz, Turin, 2008; La línea del volcán, Museo Tamayo, Mexico City, 2009; Deposição, Pinacoteca de São Paulo, Sao Paulo 2010; One After Another, A Few Silent Steps, Hamburger Kunsthalle, Hamburg, 2009 + Carré d’art, Nîmes, 2010 + M – Museum Leuven, Lovain, 2011 + Museu Coleção Berardo, Lisbon, 2011; Pedro Cabrita Reis: States of Flux, Tate Modern, London, 2011–13; A Remote Whisper, 55.a Biennale de Venezia, 2013; Lifted Gaze, De Vleeshal, Middelburg, 2014; Alguns nomes, Galeria Mul.ti.plo, Rio de Janeiro, 2014; Fourteen Paintings, The Preacher and a Broken Line, The Power Plant, Toronto, 2014; The London Angles, Sprovieri Gallery, London, 2014; The Field, Peter Freeman Inc., New York, 2014; Herbarium (Madrid), Galeria Juana de Aizpuru, Madrid, 2015; Les Lieux fragmentés, Hotel des Arts, Toulon, 2015; A Few Drawings, A Façade Inside and a Possible Staircase, The Arts Club, Chicago, 2015; Pedro Cabrita Reis, Kewenig Galerie, Berlin, 2015; Pedro Cabrita Reis, Konkrete Mehr Raum!, Osnabrück, 2015; La casa di Roma – L’Albero della Cuccagna, MAXXI – Museo Nazionale delle Arti del XXI secolo, Rome, 2015; A casa de Coimbra – anozero’15 – um lance de dados, Bienal de Arte Contemporânea de Coimbra, Sala da Cidade, Refectory of the de Santa Cruz Convent, Coimbra, 2015; Fallen and Standing, Kewenig Galerie, Palma de Mallorca, 2016; Show Me Your Wound, TEFAF Maastricht, MECC – Maastricht Exhibition and Congress Centre, Maastricht, 2016; Art Unlimited, Basel 2016, Halls Messe Basel, Hall 2.1, Basel, 2016; Da Coleção em Lisboa. O olhar do artista: Obras da Coleção de Serralves, Torreão Nascente da Cordoaria Nacional, Lisbon, 2017; Das pequenas coisas, Atelier-Museu Júlio Pomar, Lisbon, 2017; Parcours, Art Basel, Basel’s Münsterplatz, Basel, 2017; Col-Lecció per Amor a L’Art. Ornament = Delicte?, Bombas Gens Centre d’Art, Valencia, 2017; Pedro Cabrita Reis: La Forêt (Marseille), MUCEM, Marseilles, 2018; Work (Always) in Progress, CGAC, Santiago de Compostela, 2019; A Roving Gaze, Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art, Porto, 2019.