Cabrita was born in 1956 in Lisbon, the city where he currently lives and works. His work has steadily received international acknowledgement, thus becoming crucial and decisive for the understanding of sculpture from the mid-1980s onwards. His complex work can be characterised by an idiosyncratic philosophical and poetical discourse embracing a great variety of mediums: painting, sculpture, photography, drawing, and installations composed of industrial and found materials and manufactured objects. By using simple materials that are submitted to constructive processes, Cabrita recycles almost anonymous reminiscences of primordial gestures and actions repeated in everyday life. Centred in questions relative to space and memory, his works gain a suggestive power of association which reaches a metaphorical dimension by going beyond the visual.
He has participated in many Biennials international exhibitions, such as Documenta 14 (2017), A Remote Whisper, collateral event of the 55th Venice Biennale (2013), 10th Biennale de Lyon (2009); 12th Sculpture Biennale of Carrara (2006). In 2003, he represented Portugal in the 50th Venice Biennale. Among the past main shows: Documenta IX in Kassel in 1992; the 21st and 24th São Paulo Biennales, respectively in 1994 and 1998; and the Aperto section of the 47th Venice Biennale in 1997.
Among his solo shows: Centro de Arte Contemporáneo de Málaga (2020); Centro Galego de Arte Contemporánea, Santiago de Compostela (2019); Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art (2019); MAXXI, Rome (2015); Museu Coleção Berardo, Lisbon (2011); Tate Modern (2011-2013); Pinacoteca Do Estado, São Paulo (2010); Hamburger Kunsthalle (2010); Museo Tamayo Arte Contemporaneo, Mexico City (2009); Fondazione Merz, Turin (2008).
His group exhibitions include: Museo de Arte de Zapopan, Guagalajara, Mexico (2019); Berardo Museum, Lisbon, Portugal (2018); Centre d'Arte Contemporain Meymac, Meymac, France (2018); FRAC Provenance-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, Marseille, France (2017); and Museo Cantonale d'Arte, Lugano, Switzerland (2013).
Cabrita is present in the following public collections: Berardo Museum, Lisbon; CAC Contemporary Art Center, Málaga; Magasin 3 Stockholm Konsthall, Stockholm; Moderna Galerija Ljubljana; Museum Folkwang, Essen; Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw; SMAK, Ghent.