Vitor Reis was born in Angola in 1974 and moved to Portugal at an early age, where he still lives and works.
Vitor descends from a family of traditional potters from Caldas da Rainha, the city where he attended Art College and completed his Fine Art degree. His artistic journey focused mainly on the sculpture discipline, but recently he discovered the potential of ceramics as a way of expression in 3D Fine Art and Design.
The city of Caldas da Rainha is a renowned center for ceramic tradition. For example since the 19 century, with the contributions of artist such as Bordalo Pinheiro, who´s ceramic work is still highly regarded, the form of traditional erotic and satiric ceramic, and the strong functional and aesthetical movement of the local ceramic industries, especially in the 70s/80s.
Coincidently or not, Vitor´s work captures a lot of the energy of that traditional ceramic that always overflows with ironic statements and criticism. Vitor Reis is now creating his ceramic work and research in a studio space sponsored by the Municipality of Caldas da Rainha, where he also develops a program of workshops with children, adults and other educational activities. He is exhibiting his ceramic work and taking part in events and interactive projects where the audience has a participatory engagement with the work, placing ceramic at the center of people´s life.