About my work:
I find surprise to be one of the most powerful elements to continue working.
For that reason I began to explore Drawing as my principal media and left Sculpture to second plan.
I work with materials such as charcoal, gouache, oil pastel and graphite. Erasing and scratching permits me to work on the same sheet, giving me more chances to keep pursuing the image without having to give up.
As I erase I often sacrifice a lot and may lose it completely – I find this risk to be one of the most intense experiences of creating.
At first my most important source were porno magazines – pornographic images always suggested me interesting shapes and movement; they are a still of something that has been caught in motion (an action). I wasn’t aware at the time but, by trying to transfer the impression of what the concrete action of those images suggested me, I opened a range of possibilities to explore.
As this imagery began to emerge I abandoned the pornographic images and relied completely on the images I produce as point of departure.
I also work with the suggestion that some gestures and marks produce, hoping that something new emerges.
I think of my shapes as figures and use a vocabulary of marks symbolically within the logics of each drawing or, better saying, symbolically within the logics of the action that these figures undertake.
I feel close to the expressive mechanisms explored by Van Gogh, Philip Guston or by Francis Bacon, for example.
I'm fascinated by the mystery and the nature that the process of image making implies. The creative act demands an equilibrium between accident and self criticism, control, intuition, instinct, conscience.
It's not easy to create an image. "The struggle towards the realization is a series of efforts, frustrations, satisfactions, refusals and also of decisions that are not, and must not be fully self-conscious." Every shape and every mark has an implication, a resonance in the whole that will be the image.
Artist Bio / CV
2002 - 2004
- Advanced Course in Visual Arts at Ar.Co - Centre of Art and Visual Communication, Lisbon
1999 - 2002
- Sculpture Course at Ar.Co - Centre of Art and Visual Communication, Lisbon
- Sculpture (Introduction); Figure Drawing; History of Art: "Modern Art"
- Sculpture (Phase 1); History of Art: "Image and Resemblance"
- Sculpture (Phase 2); History of Art: "About Contemporary Art"
1996 - 1997
- Theatre Course at Balleteatro School
2008 - 2009
- Worked as production assistant for German video artist Julian Rosefeldt, Berlin. A stipend given by Portuguese Ministry of Culture.
2001 - 2007
- Host Bus - Abreu Travel Agency, Lisbon
2005 - 2007
- Edition Assistant - Fim de Século Edições (Portuguese Publishing House), Lisbon
2004 - 2006
- Commercial Manager - Four Play, Lisbon
1996 - 2004
- Bartender/Manager at several Bars and Discos in OPorto, New York (98/99) and Lisbon.
1998 - 1999 - Lived in Manhattan
Attended to diverse lectures and conferences about art and architecture, given by predominant figures of the art world.
1997 - 2008
Participated in several fashion productions for magazines, television publicity as well as worked promoting new market products such as cigarette brands, drink brands, etc,
Participated in theatre/street animation productions.
2009 - Some Drawings - MCO Contemporary Art Gallery, OPorto
2001 - Sculpture and Drawings - Quarto da Maria Gallery (Artes em Partes Building), OPorto.
- "Yes but...", curated by Claudia Calirman - Location One Gallery, New York.
- Drawing - Sete Gallery, Coimbra/Portugal
- Lisbon Art Fair, Lisbon
- Anteciparte, 2nd Edition; Estufa Fria, Parque Eduardo VII, Lisbon
- Finalistas e Bolseiros do Ar.Co; Torreão Nascente da Cordoaria Nacional, Lisbon
- Exposição de Finalistas e Bolseiros do Ar.Co; Quinta de S. Miguel, Almada
At the present time I'm developing my work at the Location One's International Residency Program, New York, until the end of January 2010.
Please visit: www.location1org
I live and work in Berlin, Germany.