Cristina Ataíde lives and works in Lisbon. She is graduate in Sculpture at Escola Superior de Belas Artes de Lisboa and attended the Equipment Design Course at the same school. From 1987 to 1996, Ataíde was Production Director of Sculpture and Design at Madein, a Portuguese marble production company in Alenquer, where she worked with artists such as Anish Kapoor, Matt Mullican, and Michelangelo Pistolleto. She was a guest lecturer at Universidade Lusófona from 1997 to 2012. She regularly exhibits in Portugal and abroad. Installations and site-specific works occupy an important place in her exhibitions. Often produced during her travels, her work transits between sculpture, drawing, photography, and video. The concerns about nature and its preservation are one of the most constant worries in her work and research. Relational aesthetics are also increasingly present in her public interventions. Ataíde has enrolled regularly in different artistic residencies, as a way to relate, deepen and interact with knowledge of the specific places and communities with which she works.
In 2019, she participated in the LabVerde Residency in Amazonia, Brazil; in Ethiopia Walkscapes in 2017, organised by Hangar Residency; and in the Winter Workspace Programme in 2014 at the Glyndor Gallery and Wave Hill House Gallery in the Bronx, New York. Her work is represented in different public collections such as the: Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Lisbon; Caixa Geral de Depósitos, Culturgest, Lisbon; Berardo Collection Museum, Lisbon; National Museum of Contemporary Art — Museu do Chiado, Lisbon; António Cachola Collection, Elvas; PLMJ Foundation, Lisbon; Vítor and Maria da Graça Carmona e Costa Foundation, Lisbon; Figueiredo Ribeiro Contemporary Art Collection, Abrantes; Ex-Bes Collection, Lisbon; Casa da Cerca – Contemporary Art Centre Collection, Almada; Câmara Municipal de S. João da Madeira; Unión Fenosa Contemporary Art Museum, A Coruña; Essaouira Contemporary Art Centre, Morocco; Afro Brasil Museum, São Paulo; Sorocaba Contemporary Art Museum; Vatican Library, Rome