RICARDO PEIXEIRO (b. 1977, Lisbon, Portugal).
Was born in a traditional neighborhood in Lisbon (Mouraria), but lived his life until the age of 36 in a Lisbon nearby city called, Vila Franca de Xira.
This small city played a very important role in his photographic roots. Hometown to one of the most important Portuguese neo-realism writers, named Alves Redol, author of the book, Avieiros.
This book published in 1942, relates the life of the Tagus (Tejo) river fishermen, Avieiros, and it’s an impressive description of how this very reserved, almost cast aside community of people lived. One of its main aspects in 1940’s was, that they used their wood boats to sleep, eat and perform all the daily routines that are related to do in a house.
The vivid account of details in Avieiros and the fact of living nearby two of these communities set the fuse, to almost 70 years later to accomplish a photographic narrative about these people and how they were living in 2011 and what aspect’s of their lives were still relating to the 1940’s descriptions of Alves Redol.
Spending eight months in this community on a daily basis, resulted in the works, Shadows on the river bank and The rising of the floor. In 2012, several exhibitions of Shadows on the river bank took place in Vila Franca de Xira, Santarém and Póvoa de Santa Iria.
In 2013 leaves Portugal and moves to Dublin and starts the project Sidewalks. The main subject is centered in the streets of Dublin and how people interact and journey their lives through the street sidewalks.
Moved in 2016 to Barcelona, where he’s currently extending Sidewalks to the frenzy Catalan city and also in simultaneous to his birth city, Lisbon.