Founder of OBS-Oficina Bartolomeu dos Santos, (Printmaking Studio), Tavira, PT.

Member of the Clube das Artes e Ideias (Club of Arts and Ideas), Lisbon, PT.

Member of the Associação de Gravadores de Évora (Évora Printmaking Association), PT.

Member of the Jyväskylä Artists Association, Galleria Becker, Jyväskylä, FIN.

Rita Vargas (1981), PT. Vargas is a Doctor of Philosophy in Art and Culture Studies (Art History), by the University of Jyväskylä (FIN), with the support from the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT). She also holds a  MA in Fine Arts and Art Education by the University of Évora (PT) and Winchester School of Arts (WSA), University of Southampton (UK). Vargas accomplished artistic residencies in Japan (2007-2008), in Finland (2009-2010), Portugal and Germany (2010).  Vargas' artwork is represented by Jyväskylä Artists Association (Galleria Becker), Ratamo Centre for Printmaking and Photography (Galleria Ratamo), Galleria Patina (FIN), and Casa das Artes de Tavira (C.A.T), (PT). Vargas is also a mother.