Arte Robótica
Leonel Moura


Robot Art

artist: Leonel Moura 

Opening: January, 15th, 8:30pm

until: March 5 



[Free Entrance]



The exhibition presents a set of digitally based works created in the last 20 years, with emphasis on robotics and Artificial Intelligence.

This pioneering work anticipated the growing use of machines and algorithms in artistic and cultural creativity. With the creation in 2001 of the first autonomous painter robots, Leonel Moura proposes a new kind of art based on machine autonomy ever more independent from the artist that builds the robots and triggers the process. Hence, the author speaks of non-human art or, beyond the human.

In addition to the paintings and robotic performance, the exhibition also includes a sound installation.



Leonel Moura is a pioneer in the application of robotics and artificial intelligence in art.

In 2001 he created the first robot arm able to generate unique paintings operate by an ‘ant algorithm’. In 2003 a swarm of ‘Painting Robots’ were able to produce artworks based on simple rules and emergent behavior. Since then, he has produced several artbots, each time more autonomous and sophisticated. RAP (Robotic Action Painter), 2006, created for a permanent exhibition at the American Museum of Natural History in New York, is able to generate highly creative and unique art works, to decide when the work is ready and to sign it, which it does with a distinctive signature. 

ISU (The Poet Robot), 2006, creates poems and paintings with letters and words.

In 2007 he opened the Robotarium, the first zoo dedicated to robots and artificial life.

Other works include 3D sculptures, interactive installations, augmented reality, generative art, space art and theatre with the play R.U.R. from Karel Capek premiered in São Paulo in 2010 with 3 robots performing aside 3 human actors.

With the project “Bebot”, a swarm of robots able to create unique art works, he participate in the shows “Artistes & Robots”, Expo Astana (2017), Kazakhstan, Grand Palais, Paris (2018), and “Brain”, Gulbenkian Foundation, Lisbon (2019).

The recently created swarm of robots, coined NEO, performed at UCCA, Beijing in 2020, in the exhibition “Immaterial/Re-material. A Brief History of Computing Art”.

He has an installation of 17 virus-like Augmented Reality sculptures in São Paulo.

Leonel Moura promotes a new kind of art based on machine creativity.

In 2009 he was appointed European Ambassador for Creativity and Innovation by the European Commission.

Ficha Técnica

Artista: Leonel Moura

Programação, Produção e Gestão: Mariana Vitale

Gestão de Conteúdos Digitais e Comunicação: Filipe Confraria, Mariana Vitale e Rodrigo Rosas

Assessoria de Imprensa: Filipe Confraria

Design: Studio Dobra

Montagem: Hernani Miranda

Estágio em produção e comunicação: Jéssica Roque

Fotografia: Carlos Sousa

Limpeza: Manuela Pinto

Organização e Direção Artística: Saco Azul & Maus Hábitos

Parceria: Teatro de Vila Real 


Saco Azul, Maus Hábitos,
Rua Passos Manuel 178

4º andar

4000-382 Porto

Produção Artística

Assessoria de Imprensa


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