Artist Isabel Pavão has lived and worked in New York since 1990. She was born in Porto, Portugal, and studied Visual Arts at the School of Fine Arts there. Having received a grant from the Portuguese Ministry of Culture for a research project involving her painting, Isabel moved to Paris in 1986. In 1988, she completed a Master of Arts at the University of Saint-Denis/Paris VIII and started her Ph.D. there in Arts and Aesthetics. In 1994 she earned a Doctor of Arts at New York University.
Since 1984, Isabel has exhibited her work in galleries and museums in Portugal, France, Spain, Belgium, Switzerland, Germany, Brazil, Ethiopia, China, India, and the United States. Her artwork is owned by public and private collections in each of those countries. She has participated as an invited artist and guest professor in universities, art schools, and museums globally, presenting on her own art as well as on contemporary art, pedagogical issues, and aesthetics.
Her 2019 book The Heart is a Drowning Object, a collaboration with writer Katherine Vaz, was published as a digitally formatted artist book.
In 2020, her artist’s book Isabel Pavão | Painting | Porto – Paris – New York was published in coordination with an exhibit of the same name at the Cooperativa Árvore in Porto.