Bio & CV

Judite dos Santos was born in Porto, Portugal and was raised in Rio de Janeiro, Brasil,  lives and works in New York City. She received a BFA in painting from Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY, in 1984 and an MFA from the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University, NB, NJ, in 1986.  She was a studio fellow at the Whitney Museum Independent Studies Program-NYC, in 1984 and the P.S.1 Program at the Clocktower-NYC in 1987.  Judite continues her research in philosophy, critical theory and cultural studies. Parallel to her visual arts projects, language/writing is very important and she has designed and published a number of small books and spreads, integrating her images and texts.

Judite is a neo-conceptual interdisciplinary artist since she begun her practice and she has developed unique/particular structures and means of expression while remaining unconstrained by any one tradition.  She has used 3dimensional objects as well as paintings, drawings and photographic images as multiples, utilizing the grid as metaphor to create narrative structures. Architectural space, site specificity and context have been central to her pieces, having time, space, physical materials, process and multiple elements integrated as concept.  Judite has been awarded grants from NYFA; NJSCA; NEA-Mid Atlantic; Pollock/Krasner Foundation in the USA and the Gulbenkian Foundation in Portugal, among others. She has exhibited her work since 1984 in the USA and abroad, including the Whitney Museum; the New Museum of Contemporary Art; the Bronx Museum; PS1-MoMA; the Electronic Board at Times Square through the Public Art Fund in NYC. She has also exhibited work at the Gulbenkian Foundation in Lisbon; the Centro Portugues de Fotografia in Porto; Museu da Fotografia in Braga, Portugal; Frieze Art Fair in London and Golden Thread Gallery in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Since 1989 Judite has taught at various universities in New York City and abroad.

Online Publications

3/2009 - NYArts Magazine, Poetic Navigation, Installation

Selected Solo Exhibitions

  • 2018 - Galeria Wrong Weather-Right Cloud, Porto, Portugal

  • 2006 - The Steam Shop ("Navegar" a site specific project), The Gun Powder Factory, Lisbon

  • 2002 - Centro Portugues de Fotografia-Cadeia da Relação, ("Unedited"  WTC collapse-video), Porto, Portugal

  • 2001 - Torre de Menagem, Encontro da Imagem, Braga, Portugal

  • 1999 - Centro Portugues de Fotografia-Cadeia da Relação, ("Prisoners"), Porto Portugal

  • 1995/96 - Bronx Museum of the Arts, ("Prisoners"), Bronx, NY

  • 1992 - Dowd Fine Arts Gallery, Cortland, NY

  • 1990 - Galeria Diferença, Lisbon, Portugal

  • 1989 - Grey Art Gallery (Project Room), NYC, NY

  • 1989 - Center of Modern Art, Gulbenkian Foundation, Lisbon, Portugal

  • 1989 - CEPA, Buffalo, NY

  • 1988 - Spectacolor Electronic Board, Times Square (Public Art Fund), NYC, NY

  • 1988 - Intar Gallery, NYC, NY

  • 1986 - City Without Walls, Newark, NJ

  • 1984  - Bevier Gallery, Rochester, NY


Two Person Exhibitions

1995 - Galeria Escudeiros, Beja, Portugal

1993 - Galeria Municipal, Évora, Portugal


Selected Group Exhibitions

2013 - Imagined Communities, Golden Thread Gallery, Belfast, Northern Ireland

2013 - Westbeth Projects Gallery, NYC, NY

2012 - Postcards from the Edge, Visual Aids, Cheim&Read Gallery,NYC, NY

2012 - Visual Studies Workshop, Benefit Auction, Rochester, NY

2011 - Iniciativa X, Arte Contempo, Lisboa

2011 - Westbeth Gallery, Project Room, NYC, NY

2010 - Westbeth Gallery, NYC, NY

2009 - Frieze Projects-Frieze Art Fair - London

2009 - Visual Studies Workshop, Benefit Auction, Rochester, NY

2009             Galeria Lobo Mau, Arraiolos, Portugal

2008             Artists Space, NYC, NY

2008             Westbeth Gallery, NYC

2007             Westbeth Gallery, NYC, NY

2006             Postcards from the Edge, Sikkema Jenkins & Co. Gallery, NYC

2006             Encontros da Imagem, Braga, Portugal

2005             Westbeth Gallery, NYC, NY

2004             Art in General Auction, NYC, NY

2003             Artists Space, NYC

2003             Maus Habitos, Porto, Portugal

2002             Westbeth Gallery, NYC, NY

2000             “Drawing in the Present Tense”, Parsons School of Design Gallery, NYC (traveling exhibition)                 1995              Artspace, New Haven, CT

1994              The Office, Lower Manhattan CC, NYC, NY

1994              New Museum of Contemporary Art, NYC, NY

1994              Museo del Barrio, NYC, NY

1992              The New Museum of Contemporary Art, NYC, NY

1991               P.S.1 Museum, Long Island City, NY

1990              New Museum of Contemporary Art, NYC

1990              Gallery Antoine Candau, Paris

1990              Women Studio Workshop, Rosendale, NY

1990              P.S.1 Museum, Long Island City, NY

1989              Blum Helman Gallery, NYC

1989              Tomoko Liguori Gallery, NYC, NY

1989              C.W. Post, LI, NY

1990              CERES Gallery, NYC, NY

1989              Brockport Gallery, SUNY, NY

1988              Exit Art, NYC, NY

1988              Ward-Nasse Gallery, NYC, NY

1988              Lehman College Gallery, Bronx, NY

1987              P.S.l - The Clocktower, NYC, NY

1987              Museum Contemporary Hispanic Art, NYC, NY

1987              City Without Walls Gallery, Newark, NJ

1987              Painters Bride, Philadelphia, PA

1986              Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans

1986              Zimmerly Art Museum, NB, NJ

1986              Fashion Moda, Bronx, NY

1985              Whitney Museum of American Art, NYC, (Paper Tiger Television Show)

1985              Eye Gallery, San Francisco, CA, (Paper Tiger Television Show)

1985              Judson Church, NYC, NY

1985              Nexus Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

1985              Pyramid Arts Center, Rochester, NY

1984              Judson Church, NYC - (Artists Call Against Intervention of USA in Central America)

1984              Memorial Art Gallery, Rochester, NY

1984              Bronx Museum, NY



2009             Apples-Still Life (video), Frieze Projects, Frieze Art Fair, London

2002             Unedited - WTC/Sept.11,2001 (video), Centro Português de Fotografia, Porto

2001              Reading On Kawara, One Million Years, Dia Art Foundation, NYC, NY

1994              NewsStand (installation/performance), New Museum of Contemporary Art, NYC, NY

1985              Fluxus Collaboration (video & performance) with Geoff Hendricks & performers in Kassel, Germany

1985              Fluxus Performance, MGSA, Rutgers University, NB, NJ

1985              Video/Performance, MGSA, Rutgers University, NB, NJ

1984              Video/Performance, RIT, Rochester, NY


Projects & Mail Art Exhibitions

1996              Além da Água-Copiacabana, Guadiana, The Border Project, Badajoz, Spain

1995              Time Capsule, Artists Projects – Creative Time, NYC, NY

1987/1992    Offerings, Mail Art Independent Project, NYC, NY

1987              News Packages/Dispersed Square, Mail Art Independent Project, NYC, NY

1987              A Trama do Gosto, S.Paulo Bienal, S.P., Brasil

1985              The Scroll Unrolls, Junco-Dada Museum, Israel

1984              Promise Them Anything, Chicago Gallery, IL

1984              Mail Art Then and Now, Franklin Furnace, NYC, NY


Fellowship and Grants

1993-1996    Gulbenkian Foundation, Lisbon, Portugal

1992              Visual Studies Workshop, Rochester, NY

1990              Pollock/Krasner Foundation, NYC

1989              Art Matters, NYC, NY

1988              Mid-Atlantic, National Endowment for the Arts, NY

1988              Public Art Fund, NYC

1988              NJSCA, Experimental Art, NJ

1988              NYFA, Painting, NYC, NY

1987              Pollock/Krasner Foundation, NYC                                                                        


Education – Residencies

1991/92         New School for Social Research, New School University, NYC, NY (initial work towards PHD-Philosophy)

1987              P.S.1 - National Studio Program, The Clocktower, NYC, NY

1986              ISP - Whitney Museum of American Art Independent Study Program, NYC

1986            Master of Fine Arts, Visual Arts, Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University, NB, NY

1984            BFA, Painting/Sculpture/Design, Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY (Phi-K-Phi)



1989-2018     Adjunct Faculty, City College, City University of New York, NYC, NY (BFA & MFA Programs)

2005/2007   Adjunct Faculty, Stony Brook Manhattan, State University of New York (MPA Seminar on Philosophy and Art)

1995/2001    Adjunct Faculty, International Center of Photography, NYC, NY (Seminar-Critical/Cultural Studies)

1990/2001    Adjunct Faculty, Parsons School of Design, New School University, NYC, NY (MFA-Critical/Cultural Studies Seminar)

1998/2000   Assoc.Professor, UCP, School of Communication&Arts, Porto, Portugal (BFA-MFA Seminars-Critical Studies/Interdisciplinary Courses)

1997              Visiting Professor, USP, Universidade de São Paulo, Brasil (MFA Seminars-Critical/Cultural Studies)

1990/1992    Faculty. Doing Art Together, Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC, NY


Selected Congresses, Symposiums, Lectures & Juried

2006             Escola Superior Artistica do Porto, Portugal – (Lecture/seminar)

2005             N.Y. Institute of Technology, NYC, NY –  Architecture and Design – (Jury final reviews)

1997/1998    Conferences on Aesthetics, Art and Technology, UCP, Porto, Portugal

1995              Congress Portuguese Scientists & Researchers Living Abroad, Universidade de Aveiro/Portugal

1994              The Great Hall, Cooper Union, NYC, NY, USA (Lecture)

1992              College Art Association, Chicago, IL., USA (Conference)

1990/1991     Women’s Caucus for the Arts, NYC and Washington, DC, USA (Conference)

1988              “The Other Voices” – Symposium, The New School for Social Research, NYC, NY, USA



Museum of Modern Art-NYC, NY/FranklinFurnace/Artists Book Collection

Museu da Fotografia, Braga, Portugal

Centro Portugues de Fotografia, Porto, Portugal

Pinacoteca de S.Paulo, Brasil

Gallery Antoine Candau, Paris

Junco-Dada Museum, Israel

Works in various private collections


Writings, Published Spreads, Book Projects

2001              Encontros da Imagem, Braga, Portugal

1999              Olhares da Prisão, Centro Português de Fotografia, Porto, Portugal

1995              A Criatividade, a Imaginação e as Artes, Universidade Católica Portuguesa, Porto, Portugal

1995              Nostalgia, Revista Barata, Lisboa, Portugal

1994              Pedras (Stones), Galeria Escudeiros, Beja, Portugal

1992              Holding Together, Artist Book, Visual Studies Workshop, Rochester, NY

1991               Who is Afraid of the Other? - Clarion, Philosophy Students Newsletteer, Volume 2, #1, Graduate Faculty, New School University

1990              Lusitania - Kultura, NYC, NY

1987              New Observations, NYC, NY


Publications and Catalogues

2004             Reinventing the Museum, The Real Multiculturalism/Amalia Mesa-Bains, Altamira Press 2004

1999              Drawing in the Present Tense - Parsons School of Design, NYC, NY (traveling exhibition catalogue)

1995              Time Capsule, Artists Projects - Creative Time, NYC, NY

1995              Across the Board, The Conference Board Magazine, NYC, NY                                       

1994              Reclaiming History, Museo del Barrio, NYC, NY

1993              Whitney Museum of American Art, Independent Study Program: 25 years

1992              Installations, Dowd Fine Arts Gallery, SUNY, Cortland, NY

1990              All Quiet on the Western Front?, Espace Dieu, Gallery Antoine Candau,  Paris, France

1990              The Decade Show, The New Museum of Contemporary Art, NYC, NY

1990              Heresies # 25, NYC

1990              Figurative Perspectives, Rockland Center for the Arts, NY

1989              Work & Leisure, Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian, CAM, Lisbon, Portugal

1989              CEPA Quarterly, Volume 4, Issue 1/1989, Buffalo, NY

1989              Lines of Vision, Drawings by Contemporary Women, Hudson Hill Press, NY

1989              Positions, NYFAI, NYC, NY

1987              P.S.1, National & International Studio Programs 1986-1987-The Clocktower, NYC



1988/1989    Assistant Curator, Studio Museum in Harlem, NYC, NY

1988/1989    Faculty/Visual Arts Coordinator, SAI, Rutgers University, NB, NJ

1988              Curatorial Assistant, DIA Art Foundation, NYC

1986              “Reality Testing”, Panel Coordinator, MGSA, Rutgers University, NB, NJ

1985/1986    Coordinator, Graduate Visiting Artist Program, MGSA, Rutgers University, NB, NJ


Selected Bibliography

Anrderheide, Pat - An Irreverent Look at the Media, In These Times, 3/13/1985

Atkins, Robert – Visual Aids, Writings by Robert Atkins/The Body: A Day Without Art, 2006

Barriga, Paulo - Diário do Alentejo, Beja Portugal, 7/1994

Diário de Noticias - Dois Nomes no CAM, Lisbon, 9/25/1989

Farver, Jane - Convergences-Convergencias, Lehman College Art Gallery, 2/1988

Ferguson, Russel - Work and Leisure, Catalogue/CAM, Lisbon, 9/1989

Fusco, Coco - "Hispanic Artist" and Other Slurs, Village Voice, 8/1988

Golub, Leon – "Oppression-Expression", Contemporary Arts Center Catalogue, New Orleans, 4/1986

Hagen, Charles - Paper Tiger Television, 4/1985

Hanhardt, John - The New American Filmmakers Series, Whitney Museum, 1/1985

Hannon, Brian – The Art Mall, A Social Space, The New Museum of Contemporary Art, 1992

Heartney, Eleanor - New York Diary, Art in America, 1/1992

Kaufman, Jason - CEPA Quarterly, Vol.4, Buffalo, NY, 1989

Koenenn, Joseph - Shrouded in Mourning, Newsday, 12/2/1989

Koplos, Janet - The Office, Art in America, 2/1995

Levin, Kim - State of the Mind, State of the Union, Village Voice, 1/22/1985

Levin, Kim - Village Voice, 6/28/1988

Lippard, Lucy - Reading Between Stripes, Village Voice, 1/22/1985

Mesa-Bains, Amalia, Reinventing the Museum/The Real Multiculturalism, pg.108, 2004

Morgan, Robert - Artscribe, 12/1988 (Poetic Justice-pg.83)

Morgan, Robert - Arts, 5/1988

Perez, Miguel von Hafe, Encontros da Imagem, Braga, Portugal, 5/2001

Puerto, Cecilia, Latin American Women Artists, Khalo and look who else, A Selected A.Bibliography

Raven, Arlene - Overworked? Overwhelmed?, On the Issues, Spring 1995

Raven, Arlene - Beyond Survival, Positions, NYFAI, 1989

Raynor, Vivien - A Latin American Perspective, The New York Times, 1/21/1990

Rockland Weekend, Major Exhibition Focus on the Art of Latin America, 1/11/1990

Slatin, Peter - Office Fantasies, Art News, 1/1995

Storr, Robert - Sous Pression, Art Press 151, Paris, 10/1990

Stringer, John – Abstract Visions, Catalogue, MoCHA, NYC, 1987

Vater, Regina - The Poetical, Political & Mystical Vision of Latin American Art, Art Awareness, 7/1984

Winer, Laurie - State of Art Criticism, Columbia Journalism Review, 3/1985

Woman’s Art Journal, 1980-2005, Woman’s Art, Inc.

  • Zimmer, William – Untitled, Leaving viewers on their own, The New York Times,  2/13/2000