Roberta Lima was born in 1974 in Manaus, Brazil.
After graduating with a degree in architecture in 2001, Lima moved to Vienna where in 2007 she earned a Master's degree in Fine Arts and in 2013 her PhD in Philosophy. Thereafter she worked as lecturer and Assistant Professor for the Contextual Painting Class at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna.
Lima focuses on her own body as theme for her work and uses various media, such as photographs, video and installations. Additionally that she investigates space and appropriates aspects of different places and contexts – from subculture to science, from popular media to historical reference and feminist theory – for producing art and starting discussions on the role of artist and viewer.

Solo Exhibitions

2017 "Arki Feminista" (VBKö, Vienna)

2016 "Queer Way" (donaufestival, Krems)

2016 "Future Past Light Cones - Siargao" (Siargao Island, Philippines)

2015 "Parallel Vienna"

2015"Kaleidoscope" (Funkenflug 1 at Künstlerhaus, Vienna)

2015"Solo Projects" (ARCOmadrid, Madrid)

2013 "InsideOut" (ABC - Art Berlin Contemporary, Berlin)

2013 "2'20''" (EIKON SchAUfenster, Vienna)

2012 "Aesthetics of Risk" (Charim Gallery, Vienna)

2012 "ReBirth" (Defibrillator, Chicago)

2012 "Displacement" (White Box, New York)

2009 "From Transgression to Transcription" (Stadtgalerie Schwaz, Tirol)

2008 "Into Pieces" (das weisse haus, Vienna)

2008 "6teen Stitches" (Donaufestival, Krems)

2007 "Lights Out!" (Kunstraum NOE, Vienna)

2007 "Cut it Out!" – Body & Video Installation (Kapelica Gallery, Ljubljana)

Group Exhibitions (selected)

2017 "QUEER ENCOUNTERS _ VIENNA TRANS L. A." (CALARTS, Valencia, California)

2017"WELT KOMPAKT" (Frei_Raum Q21 exhibition space. MuseumsQuartier, Vienna)

2017"Austrian Performance Art Season. Feminicities: Performing Potential Avenues" (Solyanka VPA gallery, Moscow)

2017"Pro(s)thesis" (xhibit, Picture Gallery of the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna)

2016 "Fyodor's Performance Carousel" (Wiener Festwochen, Künstlerhaus, Vienna)

2015 "WITH EYES AGHAST: TRANSMANNERIST REACTIONS" (xhibit, Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, Austria)

2015"There Are More Things..." (Kunstverein Baden, Baden)

2015"We gave Our Best, Now the Rest is Up to the Hope Chest: Los Angeles" (Eastside International Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA)

2015"VIENNAinTRANSYLVANIA" (Atelier Patru, Cluj-Napoca, Romania)

2015"Face Forward" (Kunst Arzt, Kyoto, Japan)

2015"Self-timer Stories" (MUSAC, Leon, Spain)

2015"Urban Diary" (Charim Gallery, Vienna)

2015"Mujeres Alcanzando la Luz" (Casa Museo del Banco Nacional de Panama, Panama City)

2015"Straight to Hell" in collaboration with Jakob Lena Knebl featuring R:U // {d}ead.[s]ouls (Kosmos Theater, Vienna)

2014 "Selbstauslöser" (Museum der Moderne, Salzburg)

2014"Self-timer Stories" (ACFNY, New York)

2014"PussyBarbecue" (schneiderei, Vienna)


2013 "S/HE IS THE ONE" (Kunstraum NOE, Vienna)

2013 "Hetero q.b." (Museu do Chiado, Lisbon)

2013 "Steel and Freedom" (Otto Zoo Gallery, Milan)

2012 "IN ACTION - Performance, Aktionismus und Konzepte" (Salon Dahlmann, Berlin)

2012 "tracing paper" (Charim Gallery, Vienna)

2012 "nacht" (Ostlicht Galerie für Fotografie, Vienna)

2011 "Or Rather, What Can Words Do? / Oder vielmehr, was können Wörter tun?" (VBKö, Vienna)

2011"chuan men" (Amelie Gallery 798, Beijing)

2011"Classical collection and young artists' positions" (Konzett Gallery, Vienna)

2011"Wiener Glut" (KIT, Düsseldorf)

2010 "Projects and Assignments" (Saprophyt, Vienna)

2010 "In den Strassen... " (Ve.Sch, Vienna)

2010 "where do we go from here?" (Secession, Vienna)

2010 "Gemma Kunst schaun" (Damen Salon, Villach)

2010 "Blickwechsel - Austrian Contemporary Photography" (Westlicht, Vienna)

2009 "Grained" (The Back Loft, Dublin)

2009"PERFORMANCE II: Übertragung und Übersetzung" (Gallery Raum mit Licht, Vienna)

2009"Fragments of Art in Translation" (Gallery Raum mit Licht, Vienna)

2008 "Synchronicity" in collaboration with Dorit Margreiter (11th International Cairo Biennale)

2007 "Reich und schön müssen leider draussen bleiben" (Gallery FIELD, Berlin)

2007 "Provokation? II Unterschiedliche Aspekte von Provokation" (Fotogalerie Wien, Vienna)

2007 "Fresh Europe 07" (Kogart House, Budapest)

2007 "SCOOP 07" (Momentum – Photographie Editionen, Vienna)

2007 "Diploma exhibition 06/07" (Academy of Fine Arts Vienna – Semperdepot)

2007 "ARTmART" (Künstlerhaus, Vienna)

2007 "Auftritte": Collaboration with the Austrian artist Anja Manfredi (Galerie Österreichisches Kulturforum, Berlin)

2007 "Inversion": Diploma Work (Aula - Academy of Fine Arts Vienna)

2006 MAK NITE – Exhibition "Microstories Austria – Kurzfilme österreichischer Medienhochschulen" (MAK, Vienna)

2006 "ALL NIGHT LONG"(Christine Koenig Galerie, Vienna)

2005 "I can see clearly now" (Krinzinger Projekte, Vienna)

2004 "The Dentist" (Vienna)

2003 "Zurich" (Galerie Gabriele Senn, Vienna)

Prizes, scholarships, and fellowships

2013 Award of Excellence (Bundesministerium für Wissenschaft und Forschung, Austria)

2007 Kunstpreis H13 2007 (Kunstraum Noe, Austria)

2007 Akademiefreundepreis (Vienna, Austria)

Artist's Residences

2012 -2018 Atelier Westbahnstrasse (BMUKK, Austria).

2011 Chicago, USA (Bundesministerium für Unterricht, Kunst und Kultur, Austria)

2010 Limerick, Ireland (Daghdha Space)

2009 Beigao. Beijing, China (Red Gate Gallery and Bundesministerium für Unterricht, Kunst und Kultur, Austria)

Lectures, workshops, conferences

2017 Symposium: National Identity and Cultural Events - Kyoto Experiment 2017 (ROHM Theatre Kyoto, Japan)

2016Artist's talk (Solyanka VPA Gallery, Moscow, Russia)

2016 Laboratory "Vulnerability Matters" (Rauma Biennale Balticum 2016, Finland)

2016 Art Talk with Felicitas Thun-Hohenstein (Ateneo de Manila University, Manila, Philippines).

2015 Symposium "Face Forward" (HAPS, Kyoto, Japan).

2014 Lecture "The code and strategies of the performative" (Lectures Series on Methods and Theories, Academy of Fine Arts Vienna).

2013 Workshop "The camera as co-performer" (School for artistic photography Friedl Kubelka, Vienna).

2013Artist's talk for the class of Culture and Social Anthropology of the University of Vienna (Kunstraum Noe, Austria).

2013"Géneros sem medo" (Museu Nacional de Arte Contemporânea / Museu do Chiado, Lisbon, Portugal).

2012 Lecture for the class of "Experimentelle Gestaltung" (Universität Für Künstletische ind Industrielle Gestaltung Linz).


2010 Artists' talk and studio visit as part of the program of The School for Artistic Photography Friedl Kubelka (Zollergasse Studio, Wien).

2009 Artists’ talk with artist Eva Schlegel and architect Carl Pruscha (Stadtgalerie Schwaz, Tirol)

2009Artists’ talk – part of the Beijing excursion program of Australian post-graduation students from RMIT MFA and DFA (Beigao studio 5, Beijing).

2008 Presentation of the dissertation "Rethinking Space Through Action" at the conference "State of Play" (Gradcam, Dublin)

2008 "...after the Academy": Talk and discussion at Class from Matthias Herrmann (Academy of Fine Arts Vienna)

2007 Lecture about "Body and Performance" at Class from Prof. Dr. Felicitas Thun (Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna)

2007 Artist's discussion at Fotogalerie Wien

2005 "18.28 Vortrags und Gesprächsplattform": Workshop about body modification (Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna)

2004 Lecture for the architecture class (Class for Environment & Conservation at the Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna) from Univ.Prof. Dr. Carl Pruscha.