Romulo

 

In my work I focus on bringing attention to the issue of the precarious relationship between Man and Nature (and the interaction of Nature, Society and Technology). I get inspiration from my immediate everyday experience, in particular from the images and ideas that come from the global interface provided by the mass media and also from my physical contact with the elements (the textural experience). I work with acrylics, oil and collage in my paintings. If I had to define my style I would say it is a balance between action and contention, a battle between intuition and conscious reasoning in classical terms. I use both thick and watery paint and sometimes with a restricted color range.

I get inspired when “something triggers something”. I’m fascinated with Internet as a global interface and research tool. And that brings me a lot of energy to my creativity. But also, I’m very much ground based. I like to feel things. I like the texture, the smell, I like to feel things. I like colors. I like the sensations and the danger and all that. So those two things together they feed each other and inform my work. In the end, you’re trying to make that specific thing you’re doing, that work you’re working on, to become an identity in itself. Utopia or not you are trying to give the work, a life and autonomy to let it free. But to reach that perception it’s not easy. You have to work on yourself on your limits and refuse a lot of extra stuff that could compromise that uniqueness. That’s where I want to be, when the work becomes alive, it’s lively. I could leave it without me in control. You need some sort of energy, an input of timeless quality to achieve that.

I make all sorts of visual marks on the surface (spots, stains, lines and doodles, dirt) . If there is only one thing I could say that is my principle – that would be– raw spontaneity. Because it spreads for other things in live, that’s crucial for me. If I’m not true enough with spontaneity, I’m compromising other stuff I totally believe. It’s good to see traces of the attempts of reaching something. That’s part of the process of making and thinking. That’s part of life. You cannot forget the mistakes that you do. There’s no magic wipe. There is a process underlining my making. But it’s all about a particular moment that triggers the need to start the process of producing the work itself; there is no coherence in the way you start the work. You can make it happen by looking around you or it could be a drawing that you have done, something will trigger it. Ultimately it has to be a process of discovery and revelation. At the moment I like to work on big rough canvas, with a semi-figurative approach. I would say they appropriate texture and landscape in one image. It is not an explicit figurative work but you feel that space moving around that allusive to the everyday experience. There is a strong multi-layered visual reference in this work. There isn’t a specific form that you see and you say okay this is a shape of something with a certain color and so on. No, it’s more like an atmosphere kind of feeling with forms and shapes coming in and out and with lots of energy translated in the strokes.

 

Education

Master in Fine Arts, School of Art and Design, UEL, London..
BA Faculdade de Belas Artes, University of Lisbon.

Selected solo exhibitions

2018 "The body and things" Fringe 2018, DeptfordX
2013 “Ruminações”. Drawing, Livraria Arquivo Gallery, Portugal
2008 “Sopros”, Painting, Centro de Documentação, CMLisboa, Portugal
2007 “Blind above”, Painting, Livraria Arquivo Gallery, Leiria, Portugal
2006 “Bush, Platão e Eu”, Installation, Galeria Municipal de Fitares,Sintra, Portugal
     “Por vezes tudo se ilumina”, Installation/ drawing, Casa dos Barcos, Portugal
     “Bermas”, Painting, Livraria Arquivo Gallery, Portugal
2005 “Bermas despertas”, Painting, Casa do Pelourinho Gallery, Óbidos, Portugal
2003 “inMomento”, Installation, Century Gallery, London

Selected group exhibitions

2018 Roy's People Art Fair, BargeHouse, London
     The Apartment #10, BowArts, London
     The Apartment, BowArts, London
2017 #33 Annual Open Exhibition, London
2016 “Lumen”, Photography , London
     “Blue”, Painting, London
2015 The other Art Fair-Bristol
2014 Open Studio Essex House, Stratford, London
2011 Agora Gallery, New York
2010 Bienal International de Artes Plásticas da Marinha Grande, Portugal
     LICC – London International Creative Competition, UK
2009 XV international Biennial of Cerveira, Portugal
2008 “Beijing International Art Biennal China”
     “Olympic Fine Arts 2008”, Beijing, China.
     “On Europe”, 1st International Biennial of Art IX Vespeira Prize. Montijo, Portugal
2007 “Salon d`Automne”, Palace d`Auteile, Paris
     “Effimero Meraviglioso” Primo Piano LivinGallery. Lecce, Itália
     “Fuorigioco” Primo Piano LivinGallery. Lecce, Itália
2006 Bienal de Artes Plásticas da Marinha Grande, Portugal
2005 Prémio Amadeu de Souza Cardoso, Amarante, Portugal
2004 “S.I.S.”, Installation, Pensão Portugal, Caldas da Rainha
2003 “Vile Roan”, Installation, Fridge Gallery, London
1997 “Alter in Loco” – Installation, Padrão dos Descobrimentos,Belém
     (Artist and Curator)

Awards

London International Creative Competition
Art Crowd Magazine

Collections

Internationally private collections and foundations in Portugal, UK, China
Olympic Fine Arts 2008, China
Universitária Editora