Ana Grácio was born in 1977 in Lisbon. Graduated in Industrial Design in 2001, at the Lusíada University of Lisbon. Began her professional career that year as a designer in advertising and in product design. In 2005 made a specialisation in contemporary jewellery at the Faculty of Fine Arts of Lisbon, which led to an project of I&D on objects of adornment with traditional Portuguese raw materials.
In 2007 co-founded Oficina do Desenho, a cultural nonprofit association, where lectured in the area of drawing and illustration . Developed cultural and social projects specifically linked with the local community, and participated in the organisation of project Com.Arte from 2009 to 2011, where arts and design interacted with local businesses in partnership with Cascais City Council, Universities, Artists and Designers .
In 2009, starts a PhD in design at the Faculty of Architecture from the University of Lisbon, with the theme; “Nisa’s Quartz Inlaid Pottery: from Crafts Design to Product”.
In 2010 joined the coordination team of the Degree in Social Design at IPA – Autonomous Institute of Polytechnic Studies.
Under its doctoral degree, founded in 2013 Crafts2Design – Association for the Protection of Cultural Heritage, which aims to promote and safeguard the cultural heritage, through the interaction of design practice with crafts.
Currently she is a researcher of CIAUD, president of Crafts2Design and assistant professor at Education Superior School of the Polytechnic Institute of Lisbon.