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René Tavares


RENÉ TAVARES (1983, São Tomé e Príncipe) lives and works in Lisbon. He graduated from the National School of Fine Arts of Dakar (now National School of the Arts), Senegal. In 2008–2009, he won a scholarship at the Regional School of Fine Arts of Rennes (now part of the European Higher School of Fine Arts), in France, to conduct his plastic research in that city. At the same time, Tavares attended the photography course at the ARC/Rennes project and in 2011 he attended a Master’s Degree in Art and Heritage Science at the Faculty of Fine Arts of the University of Lisbon. His works have been exhibited in spaces and at events such as: afrOurban (USA), El Pueblo Resistente (Venezuela), Chaillot – National Theatre of Dance (France), Museu da Cidade (now Museum of Lisbon – Palácio Pimenta, Portugal), Venice Architecture Biennale (Italy), Norval Foundation (Cape Town), Ningxia Chinese Calligraphy Academy (China), São Tomé e Príncipe Arts and Culture Biennale. More recently, he was elected Africa’s Most Influential New Artistic Talent, in the 2018 edition of the FNB Art Joburg, in Johannesburg.