Paulo Pires do Vale holds a Bachelor's and a Master's degree in Philosophy from the Faculdade de Ciências Sociais e Humanas - Universidade Nova de Lisboa, and he is finishing the PhD in Philosophy with the thesis The historical condition of personal identity in Paul Ricoeur. He is a lecturer at the Universidade Católica Portuguesa and Escola Superior de Educadores de Infância - Maria Ulrich. He has written Tudo é outra coisa. O desejo na Fenomenologia do Espírito de Hegel [Everything is Something Else: Desire in Hegel's Phenomenology of Spirit]. (Lisbon: Colibri – 2006); and published essays on Hermeneutics, the Philosophy of Culture, the Philosophy of Religion, Art and Aesthetics, and Curating; he has written texts for the catalogues of group exhibitions and solo exhibitions by Ana Hatherly, Alberto Carneiro, Ana Vieira, Carlos Nogueira, Marta Wengorovius, Raja Malka, Rui Chafes, Fernanda Fragateiro, Lourdes Castro, Anne-Valérie Gasc, Agnès Thurnauer and Vasco Araújo, among others. He has participated in conferences, giving seminars and lecturing in several european institutions and universities (Academia di Archiettura- Mendrisio; ENSAP-Cergy; Académie Royale des Beaux Arts - Bruxelles; University Pompeu Fabra - Barcelona; HEAD - Genéve); He curated the group exhibition aqui menos que nada [here less than nothing], 2008, solo exhibitions by Ana Hatherly, Raquel Feliciano, Tomás Cunha Ferreira, João Jacinto, Rui Chafes, Júlio Pomar, the retrospective exhibition of Ana Vieira, Muros de Abrigo – Shelter Walls, at the Museu Carlos Machado and Centro de Arte Moderna – Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian; the exhibition INFINITE TASKS – When art and book unbind each other, Museu Calouste Gulbenkian, 2012; VISITATION. The archive as memory and promise. Museum São Roque, Lisboa; PLIURE. Prologue (Fondation C. Gulbenkian, Paris) and PLIURE. Épilogue (Palais des Beaux-Arts, Paris) and Lourdes Castro. ALL THE BOOKS, 2015 (Fundação C. Gulbenkian, Lisboa).
He is the President of the AICA – Portugal (Internacional Association of Art Critics) since 2016.
Speaker at Lisbon City Lab