Colorida Gallery

In Lisbon Portugal, a city I’ve frequented and love very much, there is near its castle Colorida Gallery. They approached me via Linkedin and after some correspondence I agreed to be included in a summer exhibition that went from two weeks to two months. A map of the gallery indicated the wall where my 8 paintings would hang in my bonding contract, and yes they asked for money to cover the expenses of an online booklet included on their website. When I arrived, on the Thursday before their Saturday reception reassembling my paintings, I noticed in the hours spent there that no one paid the gallery a visit, which I dismissed knowing the difference would be made during the reception. My wall was given to another which I didn’t protest (my regret). A mutual friend of the late Francis Bacon flew in from Paris as did another from England. What I was to discover is that the gallery is situated way behind the castle where no traffic, tourist or otherwise, would manifest, the reception was discouragingly feeble, the gallery sold nothing, no collectors, and my conclusion is that they just live off of international artist monetary contributions, Americans included, and I’ve yet to have galleries charging artists sell substantially having no collectors. There’s much more but not worth stretching into this comment, although I’ve noticed Colorida in previous forums where many struggling artists have been approached and question their legitimacy. Sometimes we artists must take chances and make sacrifices, but my heart bleeds when we consider adding up all that it may end up costing and yet a gallery is incapable of selling and just continue targeting vulnerable artists to keep their expenses paid.

5 thoughts on “Colorida Gallery”

  1. HI All – I saw this thread and feel a need to comment. I agreed to show work at Colorida for a July-Aug show. For the most part the gallery does not act like a traditional vanity, as my only expenses have been the shipping of the art and a very small fee for marketing. My issue is that my agreement with them ended over a month ago and they have not responded to two emails asking them about the status of my work – whether any sold, and where is my unsold work.
    I somewhat planned for the possibility that I would have difficulty getting the art back by sending older, smaller pieces work that were not my best at all – yet whereas it’s nice to add to the resume, I would not work with them again. Photos of “opening nights” can be staged easily too –
    Unfortunately this is the modern art biz for those of us who have been around – almost everyone that contacts me for art is a scam. Just had another scammer contact me this weekend. Ken

  2. I too had some pieces in a show at the Colorida Gallery. I felt and still feel that being able to say that I had my paintings in a show in Lisbon is a good thing and a nice resume listing. I also got nice pictures of the opening with people attending the show- with my pieces in the photos. So I think it was a good thing.

    Just be sure to follow proper directions for shipping your work internationally. I underpriced my works on the manifest- to avoid high tariffs into Portugal, but put the real prices inside the package for the gallery. Which held my work up in customs. Then when I alerted the gallery to this- and that they should tell us how to best ship our works- they said they were not allowed to? Not sure what this meant. Perhaps they are not allowed to help us cheat the system- well if this is the case- tell us that.

    At any rate, the gallery put my work back in the same box that I shipped it to them in and it caused Fed Ex a lot of confusion. The gallery did not make it clear on the label that it was being returned to me. They didn’t change the package label at all. No Return to Sender- no Arrows etc…My box was pretty much “Lost in Space” until I received a phone call from FedEx representative asking to clarify the delivery address. If not for this hip and together and diligent FedEx woman, my 6 paintings would have been lost forever.

    Well, that was my experience- good and bad. Make your own decision accordingly.


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