Ana Jotta´s oeuvre has been built in a sequence of breakthroughs that embody some sort of erasure of her own previous footsteps, of the modernist ideology and postmodern mythologies, and of the notion of authorship - either by deconstructing or rebuilding it. Jotta experiments in a broad range of media (painting, sculpture) as well as in techniques traditionally associated with the minor arts (embroidery, pottery, etc.). Jotta frequently approaches her work through appropriation. She has gathered together a paraphernalia of objects and printed matter over the years which have played an important part in her creative process. Radically polymorphic, both modest and prolific, her work shows a great sense of intelligence, sensitivity and wit, as it eludes any possible classification.
After studying at Lisbon´s Fine Arts School and Brussels École d'Arts Visuels de l'Abbeye de la Cambre, she made a career as an actress (1969-80) and as set designer for theater and cinema. From the 1980's onwards, she focused her activity on the visual arts. In 2014, Culturgest Lisbon presented an exhibition of Jotta´s work, The Conclusion of the Precedent, which focused on the work she had produced since her retrospective Rua Ana Jotta held at the Serralves Museum, in Porto, in 2005. In 2013, she received the distinguished art award Grande Prémio Fundação EDP / Arte for life time achievements.