Rodrigo Oliveira
Artist in a Nutshell #01


Rodrigo Oliveira


Burned matches on wooden board, varnish


At O Apartamento we are lucky to be surrounded by several artworks. In each white, unblemished wall, Armando – founder of the project and art lover – hung some art piece to brighten up the flat. Today we write about one of the first pieces to become part of O Apartamento’s collection. Rodrigo Oliveira, the author, created the original piece in 2012 and in 2014 Armando challenged him to develop more “toros” for an exhibition at Hotel Tivoli Lisboa. For four months people could appreciate these grand, majestic circles on the walls of Brasserie Flo, Hotel Tivoli’s restaurant, at Avenida da Liberdade. The toro – which means wood log – wants to lead people’s minds into a big and old tree center where you can find the tree’s age and history. When you look closer you will understand that toro is made of hundreds of burned matches.

Rodrigo was born in 1978, in Sintra. Currently works and lives in Lisbon. He studied at Lisbon Fine Arts School and at Maumaus School, also in Lisbon, and studied at Universität der Künste in Berlin with an Erasmus scholarship. He also has a master in Fine Arts at Chelsea College of Art & Design in London and was awarded with a scholarship by Fundación Botín, Santander/Madrid. He has been doing exhibitions individually since 2003.


When we moved to O Apartamento Rodrigo’ s toro was at the dining room.
Photo: Ricardo Polónio


This year we moved it to the meeting room.
Photo: Rodrigo Cardoso