João Louro's body of work encompasses painting, sculpture, photography and video. His work, descending from minimal and conceptual art, with special attention to the avant-garde, is a register of time that expresses his view of art and culture as self-referential systems. The platform for the reading of his works cannot be separated from the cultural horizon of modernity and of post-industrial society. It draws out a topography of references that are as personal as they are generational, with regular recourse to language as a source, as well as the written word and a review of the image in contemporary culture, starting out from a set of representations and symbols from the collective visual universe. Minimalism, conceptualism, pop culture, structuralism and post-structuralism, authors such as Walter Benjamin, Guy Debord, Georges Bataille and Maurice Blanchot as well as artists like Donald Judd and the ever-present Duchamp, form the referential lexical universe of the artist.
Louro lives and works in Lisbon, Portugal. He represented Portugal at the 56th Venice Biennale in 2015. Recent solo exhibitions include Smuggling, Museu de Arte Contemporânea de Elvas, Portugal (2015); 5 Minutes Ater Violent Death, Travessa da Ermida, Belém, Lisbon, Portugal (2014); The Return of the Real 20 - João Louro, Museu Do Neorealismo, Vila Franca de Xira, Portugal (2012); and My Dark Places, Museo d’Art Contemporanea, Rome, Italy (2010). His work is included the collections of Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian, Coleção BES, Lisbon, Portugal; Coleção António Cachola, Elvas, Portugal; Museu do Caramulo, Caramulo, Portugal; Fundación ARCO, Madrid, Spain; Coleccion Helga de Alvear, Cáceres, Spain; Coleccion Purificacion Garcia, Madrid, Spain; Margulies Collection at the Warehouse, Miami, FL; Jumex Foundation, México City, México; Fundação de Serralves, Porto, Portugal; MACRO Museo d’Arte Contemporanea, Rome, Italy; and the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, San Diego, CA.