RAMA – Artistic Residency, located in the small villages of Maceira and Alfeiria, in the municipality of Torres Vedras, west part of Portugal, was founded in 2020 and is aimed at national and international artists, researchers and curators who want to develop their research and experimentation work in multidisciplinary areas, crossing contemporary art with science, education and territory.

RAMA organizes artistic residencies, workshops, exhibitions, lectures and outdoor activities, promoting interaction between artists and audiences interested in learning, experimenting and sharing, fostering the relationship with the local community, culture, crafts and traditional knowledge, history and the rural landscape, deepening the knowledge of the region.

Since the beginning, RAMA has the support of the Municipality of Torres Vedras, the Parish Councils of Carvoeira and Carmões and the Parish Councils of Dois Portos and Runa, to which the villages Alfeiria and Maceira, belong respectively.


Paulo Brighenti

Program Coordination and Mentorship

Born in 1968. Art studies at Ar.Co where he taught from 2001-2014 and Drawing Department Head from 2008-2014.
Co-founder of the MArt school in 2013, where he taught and was pedagogical coordinator until December 2019. Exhibits regularly since 1996. Drawing Award 2002, Fundação Arpad Szenes - Vieira da Silva, Lisbon.
Represented in several, national and international, institutional and private collections. Represented by Galeria Pedro Oliveira, Porto , http://www.galeriapedrooliveira.com/,
and the Belo-Galsterer Gallery, Lisbon https://www.belogalsterer.com/

Ana Margarida Sousa

Projects and Communication

Born in 1965, in Lisbon, where she studied Public Relations and Advertising at Instituto de Novas Profissões.
In 1989, started her career in Advertising Agencies, being one of the beginner team of RSCG, today Havas, where stands out the management of Lisbon 94 - European Capital of Culture advertising.
Later at Ogilvy & Mather and d'Arcy / Leo Burnett she continued her path as Account Manager for multinational clients.
In 1998, moved her residence to Maceira village, and in the past years, along with her business activity, dedicated herself to volunteering and the development of local associations.

João Silvério

Curatorship and Mentorship

Born in 1962. Master in Curatorial Studies at Belas Artes School , University of Lisbon.
He is an associate curator of the PLMJ Foundation's contemporary art collection.
He started his activity as an independent curator in 2003.
He created the independent project EMPTY CUBE in October 2007 which presented projects by artists, designers and architects.www.emptycube.org).
He was President of the Portuguese Section of AICA - International Association of Art Critics, from March 2013 to December 2015.
In 2019, he created the independent publisher EMPTY CUBE_reader, which will launch the first artists edition by the end of this year.
He writes regularly about artistic projects in catalogs, publications and websites, including www.emptycube.org.

HElena Valsecchi

Web Design, Social Media and Projects

Born in Novara, Italy, in 1976. She currently lives and works between Lisbon and Peniche.
Graduated in Public Relations at IULM University in Milan in 1999.
Until 2007, she has developed a career in marketing and commercial areas in multinational companies based in Milan.
In 2008 she moved to Lisbon, where she started a business and initially developed her artistic career as a self-taught person, then deepening it at Ar.Co and at MArt, in Lisbon.
Since 2015, she has been regularly exhibiting in Portugal and abroad, and she has participated in several artistic residencies.
Carmona e Costa-MArt Bursarist for 2019-2020 MArt’s Artistic Residency program.