Some curiosities about the Madeiran artist and researcher Rita Rodrigues, also represented in the MUDAS Museum’s collection.

Rita Rodriguez was born in Funchal, in 1960. In 1987, she completed the Plastic Arts/Painting course at the High Institute of Plastic Arts in Madeira. She defended the Master’s thesis in History, Art History variant, with the title Martim Conrado - Insigne pintor estrangeiro. Um pintor do século XVII na Ilha da Madeira (“Martim Conrado - "Distinguished foreign painter. A 17th century painter on Madeira Island") and the PhD thesis in Intercultural Studies with the title A Pintura Proto-Barroca e Barroca no Arquipélago da Madeira, entre 1646 e 1750 - A Eficácia da Imagem ("The Proto-Baroque and Baroque Painting in the Archipelago of Madeira, between 1646 and 1750 - The Effectiveness of the Image"), at the University of Madeira, in 2000 and 2013, respectively.

She taught at the University of Madeira, Art and Design Section, between 1996 and 2001.

She is an integrated researcher at the Institute of Art History (ARTIS) / Faculty of Arts and Humanities at the University of Lisbon and member of the Centre for Research in Regional and Local Studies (CIERL) at the University of Madeira.

She develops research in the areas of imaginary painting and carving from the 16th-19th centuries, and artistic commissioning in the Archipelago of Madeira. She authored articles in dictionaries, magazines, catalogues and heritage guides on Art History (Plastic Arts), Education (Visual Arts) and Poetry. She collaborates in the logistics of exhibitions in Madeira and mainland Portugal. As a visual artist, she has exhibited since 1982.

Credits: MUDAS. Madeira Contemporary Art Museum