Joe Lima

The work of Joe Lima is identified by the perpetual quest of the enigma by exploring the relationship between our landmarks and the mysterious. The process is repeated in a random approach of collecting and reconfiguring the models by placing samples of information and images on a singular surface enveloped by the infinite space of the black. Lima tries to unravel the mystery in the structure, this something hidden and inaccessible.

Joe Lima describes his work as a conjunction between intimacy and extent. "We penetrate into the intimacy of our existence in relation to the immensity of another world, of another dimension. I am particularly interested in the way in which the attention of this physical world reveals the unknown and curiously penetrates the domain of the secret and the mysterious. It is a way of examining and responding to the act of clandestine listening, a secret act of communication with the natural world. In the process of creating these works, I focus on the effect that figures and structures have on the environment they occupy, and our perception of their presence in this environment in return. It is a way for me to get in touch and to understand what is hidden there, revealing contemplation, research and individual communication with the invisible concealed in structures, landscapes and interior spaces. "

Selected Artworks

+ CV

Born in the Azores, Portugal

Lives and works in Montréal (QC)


1991 - BFA, Concordia University, Montréal (QC)

1986 -
Fine Arts degree – Fanshawe College, London (ON)


2012 - 1er prix de la 13ème Biennale européenne d’art graphique, Bruges, Belgium

1996 - Practicing Artist's Project Grant, Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec,

1988 - Ontario Material Assistance Grant, Ontario Art Council


Arquipélago centro de artes contemporâneas, Azores, Portugal

Bibliothèque et Archives Nationales du Québec

Collection Prêt d’oeuvres d’art, Musée National des beaux-arts du Québec

Collection Senvest

Collection Loto-Québec

Collection Cenovus

Museu de Angra do Heroismo, Portugal

Collection Collart

R.T.P. Ponta Delgada, Azores Portugal

B.C.A. Ponta Delgada, Azores Portugal

Softvoyage Inc

+ Solo Exhibitions

2016 - The Innershifts, Art Toronto, section solo, with Galerie Nicolas Robert, Toronto (ON)

2015 - La structure de l’indiférence, Galerie Nicolas Robert, Montréal (QC)

2013 - Singularité, Galerie Nicolas Robert, Montréal (QC)

2012 - Hidden All Things , Galerie Nicolas Robert, Montréal (QC)

2006 - Joe Lima : oeuvres récentes, Galerie Quartier Libre, Montréal (QC)

2006 - Rooms and Outer Space, Galerie St-Laurent + Hill, Ottawa (ON)

2005 - The Uneasiness of Silence, Rodman Hall Arts Centre, Brock University, St.Catharine's (ON)

2005 - The Uneasiness of Silence, painting by Joe Lima, Cambridge Galleries, Cambridge (ON)

2001 - Peinture/Painting : Joe Lima, Galerie LUZ, Montréal (QC)

2000 - The Fresco Paintings : Joe Lima, Galeria de Arte da Câmara Municipal, Ponta Delgada, Portugal

1990 - Wall Pieces, Grant Gallery, Hamilton (ON)

1989 - Sculptures and Wall Pieces, Complexe du Canal Lachine, Yellow Gallery, Montréal (QC)

1987 - Oeuvres récentes, Centricity Gallery, London (ON)

1986 - Dessins récents, Centricity Gallery, London (ON)

+ Group Exhibitions

2016 - Joe Lima and Walter Redinger : Unlimited Possibilities, Woodstock Art Gallery, Woodstock (ON)

2015 - 2ème Exposition globale de gravure, Global Print, Alijo Public Library, Alijo, Douro, Portugal

2012 - 9ème Biennale internationale de gravure contemporaine de Liège, Musée d’art moderne et contemporain, Liège, Belgium

2012 - Méchanisme du son, Galerie Roger Bellemare, Montreal (QC)

2011 - Avant-goût, Galerie Nicolas Robert, Montreal (QC)

2011 - 8ème Biennale internationale de gravure contemporaine de Liège, Musée d’art moderne et contemporain, Liège, Belgium

2011 - Barrier of Fear, Carmina Galeria de Arte Contemporanea - Terceira, Portugal

2010 - Artivores 2010, La biennale de sculpture, Saint-Jean-Port-Joli (QC)

2010 - Revisatar Arte Carmina Galeria de Arte Contemporanea, Terceira, Portugal

2008 - Recent acquisitions, Museu de Angra do Heroismo, Portugal

2007 - Illhéus e Ilusoes – Joe Lima / Michel Rebelo, Carmina Galeria de Arte Contemporanea, Terceira, Portugal

2007 - Pintores Luso descententes Galeria, Museu Nogueira da Silva, Braga, Portugal

2005 - As Cores Miticas Da Ilha, Carmina Galeria de Arte Contemporâmea - Outeiro do Galhardo, Feteira, Terceira, Portugal

2004 - Ils sont 19 au Québec, James Baird Gallery, St-Jean (NL)

2004 - That Obscure Object of Desire : A Group Exhibition of Visions of Delight, Fascination and Desire, Cambridge Galleries, Cambridge (ON)

2003 - Sem Saudale – Without Regret, 15 ans de portugais au Canada, Art Contempain par des canadiens d’origine portugaise, Gallery 1313, Toronto (ON)

2002 - Gallery Artists at the Luz, Galerie LUZ, Montréal (QC)

2002 - Sem Saudale – Without Regret, 15 ans de portugais au Canada, Art Contempain par des canadiens d’origine portugaise, Gallery 1313, Cambridge (ON)

2002 - Exposition enchantée, Écomusée de fier monde, Montréal (QC)

1999 - Peinture récente : Joe Lima & Marie Desousa, Édifice Belgo, suite 414, Montréal (QC)

1996 - 4710 Ste-Ambroise : Jean-Marie De Lavallé, John Fox, Joe Lima, Louis Masson, Jean McEwen, Complexe du Canal Lachine, Montréal (QC)

1995 - Lush, Galerie Articule, Montréal (QC)

1994 - Ouverture, Galerie Articule, Montréal (QC)

1994 - System of Exchange : The Toronto / Montréal Exchange Art Projet, Mai 1994 au 205 Richmond 4th, Toronto (ON), Juin 1994 au #110 - 10 Ontario, Montréal (QC)

1994 - Catalyst, London Regional Art Gallery and Historical Museums, London (ON)

1993 - Les ateliers s’exposent, Galerie Cobalt Art Actuel, Montréal (QC)

1992 - Small Works, Big Artists, Galerie Articule, Montréal (QC)

1991 - Petit format, Grant Gallery - Hamilton (ON)

1991 - Anarchitecture : The Inaccessible Dwelling, Musée Marsil, Saint-Lambert, (QC); Université de Sherbrooke, Sherbrooke (QC)

1989 - Series Kompakt, La Galerie d'Art Lavalin, Montréal (QC)

1989 - 1er Festival annuel des arts de Val-David, in association with Les Créateurs Associés, Val-David (QC)

1988 - Concordia University FOFA Gallery, Montréal (QC)

1987 - Works of Contemporary artist in London, Centricity Gallery, London (ON)

1986 - ARTS 86, Édifice Macleans, Toronto (ON); Ottawa City Hall (ON)

1985 - 45th Jury Exhibition, Art Gallery of Windsor, Windsor (ON)