Ricardo Oliveira Alves is one of only twenty architectural photographers worldwide selected to exhibit at Venice Architecture Biennale 2016.

An Official collateral event of Venice Biennale, Time Space Existence Exhibition is curated by Dutch artist Rene Rietmeyer and hosted by European Cultural Centre & Global Art Affairs (GAA) Foundation. Architects and Architectural Photographers from around the world, including teams from MIT and University of New Zealand, explore architectural design and theory, ideas both built and unbuilt.
This is the only space dedicated to architectural photography at the Biennale, curated this year by 2016 Pritzker prize winner Alejandro Aravena.


Venice Biennale opened May 28, 2016, through November 27, 2016.

“​Ricardo Oliveira Alves will be attending the exhibition with two art pieces of absolutely impressive yet very different architectural projects: St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican, and House in Colares II, Sintra, by Frederico Valsassina Architects, both printed in large format on a brushed aluminum plate.

The result is mesmerizing: two artworks interacting with the audience thanks to the dynamic created between the image and the perspective of the spectator, playing with the incidence of light on the printed surfaces. The outcome is an unexperienced depth, an extraordinaire liveliness and a unique movement, inviting to contemplate the theme of the exhibition: “Time Space Existence”.

By the mindful selection of the projects the architectural photographer goes beyond the concept of “past” and “present”, of “complexity” and “simplicity”. Thanks to the support used, Ricardo Oliveira Alves turns the ephemeral soul of digital photography into something unique and eternal, able to endure and resist the inevitable wear and tear of time. The pieces created by Portuguese photographer Ricardo Oliveira Alves are a homage to the country that welcomes him and his work, and at the same time to his country of origin.
Looking at Ricardo Oliveira Alves artwork you understand that architectural photography can be something really special and quite more than just a photographic record of an architectural work: it is above all the art of telling a story and creating empathy with the spectator.”

by Christiane Burklein