Patricia Borges

Patricia Borges was born in Brazil in 1974. In 1990 she started her drawing and painting classes with master Luiz Carlos Andrade Lima.

In 1995 she moved to Vienna, Austria, where she first studied photography. Back to Brazil she engaged at art history and art theory courses with professors Fernando Carneiro and Maria Cecilia Araujo de Noronha.

After graduating in Architecture and Urban Planning in 1999 from PUC University, she worked on construction projects as an architect. For ten years she held her own architecture practice Modus Arquitetura.

Her post-graduate studies were in Applied Arts / Photography from 2002 to 2004 at the ACP – Australian Centre for Photography in Sydney.

While in Australia and back in Brazil, she worked as a photographer documenting theatre plays and architectural projects for professional portfolios, magazines and websites. And learned programming languages to develop web content with the images she produced.

Founding in 2004 a second company called Modus Imagens to pursuit a career as commercial photographer she produced institutional images, product stills and interior design photographs – along with fine art images for private collections.

In 2013 she exhibited her photographic work series “Agulhas II” at the IX Florence Biennale in Italy, where she was awarded with the Lorenzo Il Magnifico first prize in Photography.

In 2014 her photographic diptych “Agulhas I” – complementary to the polyptych exhibited in Florence – was displayed at the Biennale D’Arte di Roma, and also won First Prize in Photography.

Those prizes motivated the development of a new series of fine art projects. She moved back to Rio de Janeiro in 2014 and intending to focus on her artistic career continued her studies at EAV Parque Lage.

While in 2015 she graduated in Jewellery Design at IED – Istituto Europeo di Design – she sold website, a jewellery shop founded in 2010 for online trading of her own design as well as jewelry pieces made by other artists. 

At the same year she published the photobooks Agulhas and The Cake.

As she realised the need of adding new narrative layers upon still photography and printed matter, Patricia focused on screenwriting, literature and moving image production.

In 2016 she got a Cinematographer degree from AIC – International Academy of Cinema / RJ. Followed by a Screenplay degree in 2017. When she wrote the surf webserie Arpex – Posto 7.

She is currently studying at EAV – Escola de Artes Visuais do Parque Lage / RJ – envisioning an interdisciplinary art practice that comprises photography and storytelling. Among others, her masters at the school include: Analu Cunha, Charles Watson, Denise Cathilina, Martin Ogolter, Sonia Salcedo del Castillo, Fernando Cocchiarale and Iole de Freitas.