Join our artist talk with André Almeida e Sousa
On Friday, January 13th, from 7pm to 8.30pm ++
@ O Gabinete de Madame Thao (LX Factory, loft i2-07), Lisbon.
About the artist:
Combining painting, drawing, bas-reliefs, and texts, André Almeida e Sousa´s work leads us into an infinite territory where dreamed architectures, back or fugitive bodies, and everyday objects seem to match like pieces of a jigsaw puzzle, where empty and full silently converse together.
Among his abundant production, sometimes letting out kinds of erect members, are Andre´s roughly geometric sculpture-objects. They are full shapes floating on blank walls, virtually superimposing on the ones he paints in a negative on paper or canvas.
The paintings´ primordial layers are thus revealed. What is underneath, consumed, is essential, a yesterday emphasized by the artist´s evanescent silhouettes and his persistent use of dark and smoky colors. It is about the past becoming present, absence becoming presence.
Born in 1974 in São Miguel (Açores), André Almeida e Sousa studied at the Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam, Netherlands, and in the advanced course of fine arts at Ar.Co school in Lisbon. He was a Scholarship holder of Fundação Victor e Graça Carmona e Costa in 2001. He lives and works in Lisbon.
A dynamic contributor to the Portugal art scene, André has taught art since 2002 and is currently running with Patricia Sasportes A BASE Escola de Arte.
He has exhibited in solo and group exhibitions in Portugal and abroad, including Arquipelago-Centro de Artes, Ribeira Grande (Açores), Istituto Centrale Per La Grafica, Roma (Italy), Museu Nacional de Arte Contemporânea do Chiado, Lisbon.
André Almeida e Sousa´s artworks are part of Coleção Ariane Rothschild; Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian; Coleção Graça Carmona e Costa; Coleção do Governo Regional dos Açores, Acervo ARTCA; Câmara Municipal de Ponta Delgada; A BASE Escola de Arte; Ar.Co. Centro de Arte e Comunicação Visual; Biblioteca da Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian em Ponte Sôr; Coleção Figueiredo Ribeiro