Ana Pacheco was born in Lisbon, Portugal, in 1983, a city known for its historic and eclectic architecture. After a short university incursion in the Faculty of Engineering, Ana decided to pursue her life-long ambition - becoming an architect. In 2009, Ana got her Masters in Architecture degree with honours in the Portuguese capital.
When in university, Ana did not only stick to her academic path, she went beyond – exploring and consolidating different art forms. As part of her Architcture Masters Course, Ana spent a year living in Eindhoven, Holland, where she came in deep contact with De Stijl and Bauhaus movements. This encounter was crucial for her development as an artist, and the influences of this period may be considered a staple of the work she creates today.
While on holiday in Barcelona, Ana walked into a printmaker studio, and saw a lino plate being prepared to produce a print series. This improbable and indelible experience was pivotal to Ana’s printmaking art awakening - creative ideas started popping up there and then.
Following the experience and knowledge acquired in Holland during her academic studies, Ana decided to embrace and pursue a path that would allow her to be in close contact with avant-garde artistic expressions. In 2010, Ana was awarded a Inov-Art grant from the Portuguese government and moved to London to kick-start her career as an architect.
London proved itself to be the art hub Ana was looking for. Whilst in London, Ana attended several workshops and courses in order to sediment and consubstantiate the art of printmaking.
In 2018, Ana set sail on a solo adventure by establishing habitoprints ©, a brand that comprises a selection of works exploring the synergy between architecture and printmaking. These works have been recently exhibited and selected to be part of 251st Summer Exhibition – Royal Academy of Arts (London, UK); shortlisted to the Print International Competition – Ty Pawb (Wales, UK), Derby Print Open (Derby, UK; won Air Arts Award), amongst several other exhibitions in London and Lisbon.
Ana currently lives in London with her partner Nicolas, where she splits her time working as an architect and establishing and developing habitoprints © in her studio.