José de Guimarães
José Guimarães was born in 1939 in Guimarães. He graduated in Engineering from the Military Academy, but in 1987 he began to dedicate himself exclusively to the artistic life. He lived for seven years in Angola (1967-74). His first foray into the field of plastic arts dates from 1960. He studied printing and papermaking techniques, an important training that he develops in his engravings.
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José de Guimarães, found recognition with the D’aprés Rubens series of paintings, presented in Belgium. The creation of its own imaging code is aided by trips through Europe’s major cultural centers. In 1961 he visited Paris, where he contacted Fauvism painting. He marvels at the Italian classics, such as Michelangelo, returning to Paris in 1964 and 1966, where he visits the exhibition of homage to Picasso and the engraving of Carmen de Garcia. In 1965, Judith Castel-Branco settlers and moved to Munich, where she contacted Klee, Kandinsky, Bauhaus painters, Die Brücke and, above all, the Flemish painter, the sixteenth-century painter Rubens.
Since 1989 there has been a trend towards simplification, in the search for plastic valorization of the surface qualities of surfaces, punctuated by some graphic elements
He was a Fellow of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation in 1976 and 1977. He attended the holography course at Royal Smith College, University of London.
Since 1960, he has participated in individual and collective exhibitions in Portugal and abroad (Spain, France, Belgium and Italy).
In 1999 he was the author of the sculpture “Adamastor”, commissioned to celebrate the Festival of Oceans in the Park of Nations.
He received, among other awards, the bronze medal of the European painting prize of the city of Ostend in 1976, the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation Prize in 1984 and the 1st prize at the Barcelona Biennial in 1986.
In July 2001, at Cordoaria, in Lisbon, a retrospective of the forty years of his artistic life took place (1960-2001).
José de Guimarães began gradually to work with the Far East, an important fact during the decade of 90. The first step in this direction was given with the realization of a sculpture for the Olympic Park of Seoul (South Korea) in 1988 And the following year he spent a season at the Buddhist monastery of Himegi, Japan, where he learned the art of building parrots in Japanese tradition. In 2001, his work was the subject of a major retrospective exhibition at Cordoaria Nacional, in Lisbon.
José de Guimarães, continues a career that is already international. He regularly shows his work at the most important international art fairs and prestigious museums.