biography

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 BA/MA in Fine Arts (Sculpture) 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 (2010–2019). Vargas' artwork is represented by Jyväskylä Artists Association (Galleria Becker), Ratamo Centre for Printmaking and Photography (Galleria Ratamo), Galleria G & Grafoteekki (Helsinki), Galleria Joella (Turku) and Casa das Artes de Tavira (C.A.T), PT. Vargas is also represented in public and private collections in Portugal, United Kingdom, France, Italy, Germany, New Zealand, Australia, Russia, Japan and Finland. Vargas exhibits regularly since 2003 in solo and group exhibitions in Portugal, Spain, Finland, Sweden, Bulgaria, Germany and Japan. Vargas taught at the University of Jyväskylä, Department of Music, Art and Cultural Studies, courses focused on Art History (History of Performance Art, History of the Print), as well as practiced-based courses on printmaking techniques for the same Department and for the Open University of Jyväskylä in collaboration with Fine Arts University of Lapland. Vargas curates exhibitions in Portugal, Sweden and Finland, and was the artistic director of Print Up Gallery (2016), in Jyväskylä. At the moment, Vargas focuses only in her artistic practice between Grafiikka-ja Valokuvakeskus Ratamo (Jyväskylä) and Helsinki, where she recently moved. Vargas founded a printmaking studio (Vargas Print Studio). Vargas is also a mother.