Mário Vitória was born in Coimbra in 1983, naturalized in Côja, Arganil. His studio is located in Vila Nova de Gaia. (Portugal).
His accademic graduation it was accompanied with intermediated studies in Lyon (France), Bologna (Italy) and Sheffield (England). Graduated at the Faculty of Fine Arts – Oporto University. Have a Master Degree – Practices and Theories of Drawing (same institution) with the dissertation: Laughter and violence in the artistic practices of drawing. Master degree in Visual Arts Education at the Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences – Oporto University.
His work already been focus by several authors of portuguese culture like Bernardo Pinto de Almeida, Fernando António Baptista Pereira, Laura Castro, Jorge Olímpio Bento, Gonçalo M. Tavares, Ana Zanatti, José Luís Peixoto, Valter Hugo Mãe, José Manuel Simões, Henrique Oliveira, Joaquim Pinto da Silva, Luís Ferreira, Artur Cruzeiro Seixas, Manuel António Ribeiro, Ana Luísa Barão, Silvia Simões, António Cardoso e Nuno Mata.
In 2010 he made the institutional commission for the portrait of the Former President of the Portuguese Republic Mário Soares. The scale work is on permanent display in Arcos de Valdevez, the city where the last tribute to the life and work of the Politician was held.
At the event “European Capital of Culture 2012”, he presented his greatest work Apocalypse and the Rapture of Europe. Exhibited at the Alberto Sampaio National Museum in Guimarães and later at the Paço dos Duques de Bragança, at the Sines Arts Center, at the Vila do Conde Memory Center, Machado de Castro National Museum in Coimbra. In 2022 exhibited at the Main building of Universidade de Lisboa.
His works have been the subject of study at various levels of teaching in schools and universities. His images appear in numerous contexts, from magazines, CDs, colloquiums, theaters, conferences and books, with the main highlight being the art covers of the most relevant books by Boaventura de Sousa Santos, with the collaboration of publishers in Spain, United States, Portugal, Brazil and England.
He regularly participates in the field of literature, especially in Poetry. For exemple his contributions to the charismatic event that praise poetry, called Quintas de Leitura, at Teatro Campo Alegre of Oporto.
In 2016, at the invitation of the Portuguese Swimming Federation, he made the institutional artwork Espírito Olímpico da Natação for the celebration of the FPN and its athletes at the 2016 Olympic Games in Brazil.
He integrate in a group of four Portuguese artists to represent Portugal in the international exhibition “JCE – Young European Creators (2017-2019)”.
Ana Carmem Nascimento completed her PhD in 2017, with the dissertation A social study of images: Meanings and Pluridiversity in the work of Mário Vitória, at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil.
In 2020, he received the Cultural Merit Medal from the Arganil Municipality by the Regional Director of Culture Centro Suzana Menezes. That year, at the invitation of CPS – Centro Português de Serigra a, he made a special edition serigraphy in honor of Mestre Artur Cruzeiro Seixas, signing them on the day his friend would turn 100 years of life.
At the invitation of the Portuguese Swimming Federation with the collaboration of the Olympic and Paralympic Committee of Portugal, he carried out the Institutional work Diving of an ancestral friendship in the Olympic celebration, to honor Sports and Olympic Swimming at the 2020 Olympic Games in Japan. He is currently preparing the institutional artwork Renaissance dives: The great union of the shoals that will celebrate the Paris Olympic Games in 2024.
Mário Vitória is represented in numerous official and private collections, national and international.
2009/2010 – Master in Education in Visual Arts, at the Faculty of Psychology and Education Sciences, University of Porto.
Thesis name: Writing on the back of the Papers.
2006/2009 – Master in Practices and Theories of Drawing, at the Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Porto.
Thesis name: Laughter and Violence in the artistic practices of drawing.
2006/2007 – Specialization in Practices and Theory of Drawing, at the Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Porto.
2005 – Erasmus mobility program, Accademia di Belle Arti di Bologna, Italy.
2001/2006 – Graduation in Painting, at the Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Porto.
1999 – Socrates mobility program, Lycée Leonardo Da Vinci, Lyon, France.