Catarina Mantero was born and raised in Lisbon, Portugal, where she developed a deep connection with the ocean. Mantero originally graduated with a degree in communications and marketing, but soon realized her true passion was for painting. Committed to pursuing her love for the arts, she enrolled in the Faculdade de Belas-Artes da Universidade de Lisboa (FBAUL) in 2012, where she studied painting for three years, and then the New York Academy of Art, from which she received her MFA in 2017.
In the past two years, Mantero was granted two Academy Scholar awards, a teaching residency at the Escuela de Diseno (Parsons) Altos de Chavón, Dominican Republic, and a Golden Artist Colors Inc. award for exemplary skills in painting.
Mantero had her first solo show in Lisbon in October 2017 and her first New York City solo debut in May 2018. Her work was exhibited in numerous international group shows, including Take Home a Nude at Sotheby’s (New York) and ARTLAB MUNICH (Germany).
Her work was also featured in Time Out magazine and Purple Fashion magazine.