When you hear the words “self portrait” what do you think of? A staunch looking subject looking out from the canvass? Or, a slightly smiling face, radiating a relaxed and contented calm? When playing her own muse, Portuguese artist Cristina certainly pushes the boundaries defining modern self portraiture. Troufa travels a journey of self discovery and realisation within her self portraits, gaining insight and understanding of her life purpose while doing so.

“The theme of my work is about my own life, about me personally and my beliefs. I explore, in my work, the self-representation in the act of looking at my inner self; that is what makes up my self-portrait.”

Cristina’s interest in art is routed in academia, holding a Licentiate Degree in Painting (1998) and a Masters Degree in Painting (2012), both in FBAUP (University of Fine Arts of Porto). Since 1995 she has participated in numerous exhibitions in Portugal, France, Spain, Italy, Australia, Canada, Denmark, Taiwan, England and USA.

Cristina Troufa was born and is based in Porto, Portugal. In 2015 she was a jury member of the project “PortugArt” in London, aiding in the selection of Portuguese artists for a collective exhibition in the same city and in which she was a guest artist.

Cristina aims to consolidate the ideas of a self-portrait and self-representation while simultaneously reflecting on a spiritual, emotional, and psychological self-portrait of her inner experience. She uses her own image in autobiographical paintings that explore her life and spiritual beliefs. As a form of self-knowledge and self-questioning, her work explores an inner world in a symbolic way, which ordinarily is inaccessible to the view and therefore provides a subjective representational experience.



2019 EGO – Solo Exhibition Centro Cultural de Cascais, Lisbon PORTUGAL
2019 Uptopia, Zet Gallery, Braga PORTUGAL
2018 Heranca, Club Nacional Artes Plasticas, Lisbon PORTUGAL
2017 Double Solo | Cristina Troufa and Juan Domingues, D-Contemporary, London, UK
2017 D-Contemporary, London, UK
2017 Self, Acervo Arte Contemporanea, Lisboa PORTUGAL
2016 Corpus, Snap! Space, Orlando USA
2016 Retratos de Alma, VIA IDEA  PORTUGAL
2015 Fuso, Galeria Artes Solar St. António, Porto PORTUGAL
2015 Introspeccion Critica, Museo Karura Art Centre NORWAY


2019 Group Exhibition CNAP Gallery, Lisbon, PORTUGAL
2018 Iconic Mix, Courcelles Art Contemporain, Paris FRANCE
2018 Five Women Artists, Commemorating International Womens Day, Galeria Municipal, Setubal PORTUGAL
2017 Exposicao Colectiva | Natal, Nuno Sacramento Gallery, Ilhavo PORTUGAL
2017 Reality, Honos Art, Rome ITALY
2017 Exhibition and Auction, The International Medical Assistance Foundation, Porto PORTUGAL
2016 In Good Hands, ACERVO Arte Contemporanea, Lisboa PORTUGAL
2016 Galeria Amostra, Porto PORTUGAL
2016 30 x 30, ACERVO Arte Contemporanea, Lisboa PORTUGAL
2016 II Bienal de Arte Contemporânea de Salerno ITALY
2016 The Portuguese Art in Feminine, Galería Arte-Imagen, A Coruna SPAIN
2016 Babuchas And The Women, Da Vinci Art Gallery, Porto PORTUGAL
2016 Reflection, Jaydon Art Gallery, Vancouver CANADA
2016 A Amostra Mostra, Galeria Geraldes da Silva, Porto PORTUGAL
2016 PortugArt Exhibition, D – Contemporary, London, UK
2016 110 Courcelles Art Contemporain, Paris FRANCE
2015  70 Cavaquinhos, 70 Artistas, Salão de Arte Contemporânea PORTUGAL
2015 Emotions, Galeria de Pentagono, Porto PORTUGAL
2015 Vente caritative Exceptionelle, Hotel Marcel Dassault, Paris FRANCE
2015 Fozarte, Forte de S. João, Porto PORTUGAL
2015 Coletiva de Pintura, Escultura e Fotografia, Nuno Sacramento Arte Contemporânea, Aveiro, PORTUGAL
2015 Women With (He)art, Da Vinci Art Gallery, Porto PORTUGAL
2015 The Feminine, Galeria Atelier Metamorfose, Porto PORTUGAL
2015 Galeria Red Nankim, Porto PORTUGAL
2015 Agenda Arte 2015, Anjos Art Gallery, Sao Paulo


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