JOSÉ DE GUIMARÃES
José Guimarães was born in 1939, Guimarães, and since 1995 divided his life between Lisbon and Paris.
A stay in Angola between the 60 and 70 of the twentieth century, would become a major vector in the definition of his artistic vocabulary, as well as contact with African ethnology experts that lead to the understanding of an existing symbology in many Black art pieces and suggest you an artistic project driven by an attempt to osmosis between two forms of plastic, European and African expression. But if the first decade of artistic production is based in Africa, in more than forty years of work, are complete series dedicated to Chinese and Japanese cultures, the art of Rubens, the Camões literature or particular conception of death in Mexico . In recent years, it appears that this route tend to reflect a cosmopolitan calling of shapes and figures.
Thus, their artistic expression has been increasing coexistence of all the dominant factors in a long artistic career and has privileged the light NEON and the LED light, especially in wooden boxes, which propose an austerity exterior contrasting with the staging its interior space, treated with light traces of NEON, LED, painting, collages and diverted the sense objects conferred on them by their traditional function.
Having held numerous exhibitions in various countries, and, in addition to previous anthology exhibitions held in Brussels at the Palais des Beaux-Arts (1984), the Museum of Modern Art (Mexico City, 1987), the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Lisbon, and the Serralves Foundation, Porto (1992), the last decade saw him being dedicated anthology exhibitions and retrospectives in Portugal (National Cordage, Lisbon, 2001 and Carmona Foundation and Costa, Lisbon, 2012), Germany (Museum Würth, Künzelsau, 2001), Tokyo (Hillside Forum, 2002), Switzerland (Würth Art Forum, and Arlesheim Chur, 2003), Brazil (FIESP Cultural Foundation, 2005 and Museu Afro Brazil, 2006, São Paulo), Spain (Caixanova Foundation, 2003 and Museum Würth La Rioja, 2008), Luanda (Portuguese Cultural Centre, 2009), Italy (Art Würth Forum, Rome, 2010), Brussels (Espace Européen pour la Sculpture, 2007 to the European Parliament, 2012) and China (Huang Yan Museum, Beijing, 1994 Today Art Museum, Beijing, 2007, Suzhou Jinji Lake Art Museum, Suzhou, 2012 and Art Museum of Shaanxi province in Xian, 2013). In 2012, he was elected President of the National Society of Fine Arts. In the International Center of Arts José de Guimarães, in Guimarães, participated in the exhibition: "Beyond History" (2012), "Lessons of Darkness" (2013) and "Contact Evidence" (2014).
His work, represented in the most important institutional collections in Portugal and all over the world, with a focus on Japan and Germany, proposed crossings with the art of non-Western civilizations - African, Chinese and Mesoamerican - an incessant search nonverbal relations, who is no stranger to the labor decoleccionador who has devoted decades.
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