The winner of this award, dedicated to this artistic genre, with the aim of promoting the artistic talent in Portugal and supporting the promising artists of our country, was known this Saturday at Drawing Room Lisboa. Pedro Tropa will receive a monetary prize of 20,000 euros.

In this first edition of the FLAD Drawing Award, FLAD (Luso-American Development Foundation) had more than 300 candidates. After the 10 finalists were chosen, the jury had the opportunity to visit the artists’ workplaces, where they had contact with many of their works.

The jury, given the density of the body of work, the research work and the constancy of the formal and conceptual investigation of the drawing practice, decided unanimously to award the FLAD Drawing Award 2021 to the artist Pedro Tropa.

Pedro Tropa did his training in Design and Photography at Ar.Co having finished his studies at the School of The Art Institute of Chicago, USA. For about two decades his work in drawing, photography, text and sound has been strongly linked to the landscape and his practice as a mountaineer.

Since 2009, he has been part of the group of artists of the Blue Square Gallery. He has been a collaborating artist since 2018 of the collective Osso and is a founding member of the Simple Matter project.

“I want to give you an account of FLAD’s commitment to Art and Culture. About three years ago we decided to have a renewed drive with this area, because we understand that it is fundamental and has a transformative power in the lives of all of us.” – Rita Faden, President of FLAD

“The idea was to create a great prize that values, highlights, and recognizes the importance of Drawing as an art form” – Mónica Careaga, director of Drawing Room.

The FLAD Design Award is another step in the Foundation’s commitment to supporting the arts, which aims to recognize artistic talent in Portugal and support the promising artists of our country. This award will be given in an annual basis.

The area of artistic production chosen was the drawing, for its important representation in the Collection of Contemporary Art of FLAD and for constituting an artistic expression of a very intimate relationship with the creator of art.