About Vania Colaco

My name is  Vânia Colaço, I am a Colored Pencil Portrait Artist.
I like to explore expression and color in portraits.
Music and art inspire me.
I’m on a quest for my own form of contemporary realism with colored pencils.


My name is Vânia Catarina Roldão Colaço, I was born and raised in Marinha Grande, Portugal (1980).
Studied a Degree in Equipment Design in Coimbra, Portugal (1999-2005) and Master in Commercial Management and Marketing in Madrid, Spain (2011).
I lived in Madrid between 2007 and 2020, where in 2011 I co-founded AVISPA, a Corporate Communication Design studio.
I have more than 20 exhibitions in cultural centers and art galleries. Currently reside in Marinha Grande where I continue to work in Design, while developing my artistic activity.

Exhibitions & Art Shows

  • 2022
    To be announced (November- December)
  • 2021
    Expo Mirada, Bambi Caffe -Sao Pedro de Moel, Leiria, Portugal
  • 2020
    *Solo Show, Hotel Gallery, Pedra do Ouro , Alcobaça, Leiria, Portugal

Awards & Honours

  • 2021
    Faber- Castell Official Sponsorship
  • 2004
    Final Selection for Design Show & Competition (Group work), HANDITEC, Paris, France
  • 2003
    Bombay Sapphire Cocktail Glass Design Competition – Selected for Exhibition and Exhibition Print Catalog- Centro Português de Design
  • 1997
    Drawing Prize – Printed – Ragazza Magazine – Grupo Planeta


  • 2010-2011
    Business and Marketing, Masters Degree | CESIF, Madrid, Spain
  • 1999 – 2005
    Bachelor’s Degree Design | University of Arts, Coimbra, Portugal

Press & Media

Colored Pencil Magazine, USA (link)

Colored Pencil Magazine, USA (link)
Região de Leiria, 20 de Agosto (link)
Jornal da Marinha Grande, 26 de Agosto (link)
Jornal de Leiria, “Palavra de Honra”, 6 de Maio (link)
Jornal da Marinha Grande, 8 de Abril (link)
“Tertúlia: Os artistas e a nossa cultura”(como oradora convidada), (link) 1 de Abril, Associação Marinha em Movimento (AMM), Portugal (link)

Visão, Revista Semanal, Portugal (link)

Television “Europa Contacto”, RTP Internacional, Portugal
Visão, Revista Semanal, Portugal (link)
Região de Leiria, Jornal Semanal, Portugal (link)

Diário de Coimbra, Jornal , Coimbra, Portugal

Jornal de Leiria, Semanário, Leiria, Portugal (link)
Região de Leiria, Semanário, Alcobaça, Portugal (link)
Jornal da Marinha Grande, Semanário, Marinha Grande, Leiria, Portugal (link)
Correio, Semanário, Marinha Grande, Leiria, Portugal

Correio, Semanário, Marinha Grande, Leiria, Portugal


About Vania Colaco

About Vania Colaco