Carla Cabanas graduated in 2003 at the Visual Arts at School of Fine Arts and Design at Caldas da Rainha. In 2004 she finished the Advanced Course at Maumaus – School of Visual Arts, in Lisbon. In 2008, Cabanas attended the Photography Course of the Gulbenkian Program for Creativity and Artistic Creation, and she specialized in Production and Creation in Technological Arts at the Universidade Lusófona de Humanidades e Tecnologias, Lisbon, in 2009.
Cabanas’s work has also unfolded into artistic residencies, namely: MobileHome – Curso Experimental de Arte Contemporânea” in Lagar Portas do Céu, Loulé, 2009; “Transitante: entre álbuns e arquivos” , Workshop Internacional de Artistas at Intendente, Lisboa, 2012; “Viagens Invisiveis” in São Tomé e Principe, 2013; Carpe Diem Arte e Pesquisa, Lisbon, 2013/2015 and Inter.meada Residências Artísticas, Alvito, 2015; in 2016 Walk&Talk at Açores and Mz* Baltazar’s Lab in Viena, Austria with Patrícia J. Reis.
Carla Cabanas’s work has been awarded the Honorific Mention on the Photography Prize Purificacion Garcia, in 2012, and the third prize in Ariane de Rothschild Painting Award, 2005. In 2010/2011, she received an INOV-Art Programme scholarship, granted by the Portuguese Ministry of Culture to live in Antwerp and work as an assistant of David Claerbout.
Work by the artist is held in prominent collections, including the PLMJ Foundation Collection, BES ART Collection, Banque Privée Edmond de Rothschild Europe, LPS Collection (Stanislas y Leticia Poniatowski) and other private collections.
She exhibits regularly since 2000.