Artifact to present Portuguese and North American Surrealism exhibition with Santiago Ribeiro and Shala Rosa


© Shala Rosa / Santiago Ribeiro

World renowned Portuguese artist and surrealist Santiago Ribeiro will return to New York this summer with a new exhibition celebrating Portuguese and North American surrealism.

Ribeiro, who founded the world’s largest surrealist art exhibition, International Surrealism Now, will also be showcased alongside Shala Rosa, a periodic costume designer, poet and surrealist artist from California at the Artifact space.

Artifact is one of New York’s premier exhibition spaces, featuring a host of art and multimedia related projects throughout the year - displaying photography, drawings and video from renowned artists and creative professionals.


Microsoft and NASA are among a host of companies that have launched art and design related projects at Artifact. PBS NewsHour has also been filmed on location at the venue.

The surrealist movement was first initiated in the 1920s, and its cultural impact has been felt around the world - challenging the traditional depiction of art, and often using symbolism to represent a form of reality.

Classic films such as David Lynch’s “Mulholland Drive’ and Alfred Hitchcock’s “Spellbound” incorporated surrealist imagery. Walt Disney also worked on an animation film called “Destino” with Spanish surrealist painter Salvador Dalí. The film originally went into production in 1945, but wasn’t completed until 58 years later in 2003, receiving its world premiere at the Annecy International Film Festival in France.

Starting in 2010 in Coimbra Portugal with the support of the Bissaya Barreto Foundation, the International Surrealism Now exhibition has expanded to 48 countries with Santiago Ribeiro and Shala Rosa’s work among other artists being featured.

The Portuguese and North American Surrealism exhibition in New York will take place from July 31 to August 4 at Artifact in Manhattan. To find out more, log on to the official website.

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