Marta is a Portuguese artist, with a Degree in Fine Arts from the University of Lisbon and a MSt from the University of Oxford. She is director of “Cultivamos Cultura”, the leading institution devoted to experimental art in Portugal, and “Ectopia”, dedicated to facilitating collaborative work between artists and scientists. Marta has worked in the intersection of art and biology in the UK, Australia, the Netherlands, and Portugal, exploring the conceptual and aesthetic opportunities offered by biological sciences for visual representation in the arts. Her work has been exhibited in major venues, and presented in most anthologies devoted to bioart, discussed in doctoral dissertations, and considered an example of research in the visual arts. Among the most recent international exhibitions, she was invited for the 2019 “Ars Electronica Festival: Out of the Box,” and organized two Ars Electronica Gardens. She was invited to be the official representation of Portugal at the London Design Biennale 2016 and exhibited at the Beijing Biennale of New Media Art 2016. Marta was nominated by Time and Fortune magazines for the Art and Technology Awards 2015. Besides her work as artist, Marta curated international exhibitions including for European Capital of Culture (Portugal), Kontejner Festival (Zagreb), Verbeke Foundation (Belgium) and this last three years the editions of FACTT –Transnational and Transdisciplinary Festival of Art and Science that took place in Lisbon, New York, Mexico City, Berlin and Toronto. She is also a founding member of the Worldwide community FEMeeting. Marta will work at the University of New Mexico, providing lectures and workshops to students, faculty, and community members, assisting in developing courses and coaching students participating in an international Biodesign Challenge. She will also travel to Santa Fe and Taos to engage with students and community members including the indigenous community of Taos Pueblo.

University of Oxford – University of New Mexico

Grant duration: 7 months