Isabel Pavão-Horvath is a visual artist with a PhD in Art from the University of New York, the city where she lives and works since 1990.
She graduated in Fine Arts and Painting at the Escola Superior de Belas Artes do Porto, in 1984. Later, she obtained a grant from the Portuguese Government to develop an artistic project in Paris, France. In 1988, Isabel completed her Masters in In-depth Art Studies at the University of St. Dennis, Paris. Between 1990 and 1994, with a scholarship from the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation and the Luso-American Foundation, she did her PhD in Arts at the University of New York.
Since 1984 she has exhibited her work in several galleries and museums in Portugal, France, Spain, Belgium, Switzerland, Germany, the United States, Brazil, Ethiopia, China and India. Her work is present in public and private collections across the globe. She has an active and frequent participation as an artist and curator, and as a guest professor at Universities, Art Schools and Museums. Her interventions focus on Contemporary Art, Aesthetics, Pedagogy and on projects that involve her own work.
She is currently chairman of the Art Committee at the Lotos Club in New York. She is also the Creative Director of the television program “Healing Waters and Baths of Europe” and the Director of the Development and Fundraising Committee of the Cinema Arts Center, New York. She also belongs to the Advisory Board of the Arte Institute and is part of the Advisory Board of the Consul General of New York.
Her collaboration with the writer Nuno Júdice resulted in the book “Ten Impressions of Rose and Sea” and, with the writer Katherine Vaz, the book “The Heart Is a Drowning Object”. She recently published a book entitled “Porto-Paris-New York” about her artistic journey since the 1980s.
She has been a member of the Portuguese Diaspora Council since 2018.