Roberta Lima was born in Manaus, Brazil. After graduating with a degree in architecture in 2001 from the University of Vale do Rio dos Sinos (Sao Leopoldo), she moved to Vienna where she now lives and works. In 2007 she earned a Master’s degree in Fine Arts and in 2013 her PhD in Philosophy at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna.


I focus on my own body as theme for my work and use various media, such as photographs, video and installations. Additionally I investigate space and appropriate aspects of different places and contexts – from subculture to science, from popular media to historical reference and feminist theory – for producing art and starting discussions on the role of artist and viewer.



1974 born in Manaus (Brazil)
Lives and works in Vienna (Austria)
2013 Earned her PhD in Philosophy at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna (AT). 2006-2007 Graduated with a Master’s degree in Fine Arts at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna (AT). 1994-2001 Architecture and urbanism studies at “Universidade do Vale dos Sinos” (UNISINOS), Rio Grande do Sul (BR).

Exhibitions, projects (2003 - 2013 selection)

InsideOut, ABC-Art Berlin Contemporary, Berlin (DE)
2’20’’, EIKON SchAUfenster, Vienna (AT)
SH/E IS THE ONE, Kunstraum NOE, Vienna (AT)
Hetero q.b., Museu do Chiado, Lisbon (PT)(group)
Steel and Freedom, Otto Zoo Gallery, Milan (IT)(group)

Aesthetics of Risk, Galerie Charim, Vienna (AT)
ReBirth, Defibrillator, Chicago (US)
Displacement, White Box, New York (US)
IN ACTION – Performance, Aktionismus und Konzepte, Salon Dahlmann, Berlin (DE)(group)
Nacht, Ostlicht, Vienna (AT)(group)
Tracing Paper, Galerie Charim, Vienna (AT)(group)

chuan men, Amelie Gallery 798, Beijing (CH)(group)
Classical collection and young artists’ positions, Konzett Gallery, Vienna (AT)(group)
Wiener Glut, KIT, Düsseldorf (DE)(group)

where do we go from here? Secession, Vienna (AT)(group)
Blickwechsel – Austrian Contemporary Photography, Westlicht, Vienna (AT)(group)

From Transgression to Transcription, Stadtgalerie Schwaz, Tirol (AT)(group)
Grained, The Back Loft, Dublin (IE)(group)
PERFORMANCE II: Übertragung und Übersetzung, Fotogalerie Wien, Vienna (AT)(group)
Fragments of Action in Translation, Gallery Raum mit Licht, Vienna (AT)(group)

Into Pieces, das weisse haus, Vienna (AT)
6teen Stitches, Donau Festival, Krems (AT)
Synchronicity, in collaboration with Dorit Margreiter (11th International Cairo Biennale) (EG)(group)

Lights Out!, Performance and video installation, Kunstraum Noe, Vienna (AT)
Cut it Out!, Performance and video installation, Kapelica Gallery, Ljubljana (SI)(group)
Reich und schön müssen leider draussen bleiben, FIELD Gallery, Berlin (DE)(group)
Provokation? II Unterschiedliche Aspekte von Provokation, Fotogalerie Wien, Vienna (AT)(group)
Fresh Europe 07, Kogart House, Budapest (HU)(group)
Auftritte: Collaboration with the Austrian artist Anja Manfredi, Galerie Österreichisches Kulturforum, Berlin (DE)(group)

ALL NIGHT LONG, Christine Koenig Galerie, Vienna (AT)
MAK NITE – Exhibition Microstories Austria – Kurzfilme österreichischer Medienhochschulen, MAK, Vienna (AT)(group)

I can see clearly now, Krinzinger Projekte, Wien (AT)(group)
Art body modification, Nuremberg, Germany (Juan Antonio Rios Galerien&Kunstagentur) (DE)(group)

The Dentist, R. Lothka, Vienna (AT)(group)

Zurich, Galerie Gabriele Senn, Vienna (AT)(group)

Grants, awards

Award of Excellence, BMWF, (AT)

2007 Kunstpreis H13 2007: Performance prize, Kunstraum Noe, Vienna (AT)
Friends of the Academy Prize, Akademiefreundepreis, Vienna (AT)