Posts Tagged ‘portugal’

Artist of the moment…….Maria Helena Vieiera da Silva



Maria Helena Vieira da Silva was a Portuguese/ French painter who worked in an abstract style. Maria da Silva was born in Lisbon, Portugal in the year 1908.

The artist enjoyed art as a child and enrolled at the Academy of Art in Lisbon, Portugal when she was 11 years old.

She studied with much of the well established artists in many fields including Fernand Léger and Stanley W. Hayter the master engraver.

After completing her studies she began to exhibit in Paris, France in her early 20s, moving to the city in the early 1930s. She also married an artist she met there named Árpád Szenes.

In this clip a great montage of works by the artist:

The artist exhibited at the Sao Paulo Art Biennial in 1961.

Maria Helena Vieira da Silva passed away in 1992.

Price range information: The artist produced prints which start at $5,000. She also worked in oils, gouache, and watercolor. Prices range from $50,000 to $1 million dollars.

What I enjoy most about the artist’s work is her flow and movement of shapes. Another contemporary artist whose work is very abstract and similar to Da Silva, but with a nod to the field of architecture, is the artist Julie Mehretu.



Artist of the moment………..Odeith


Odeith is a fantastic street artist from Portugal renown for his style of creating depth and three dimensional on flat surfaces.

Odeith was born in Damala, Portugal in the year 1976.

The artist has ran his own tattoo parlor.

He became interested in graffiti and street art by seeing it on trains in the 1990s.

The artist is based out of Lisbon, Portugal. Odeith is also a commercial artist and has worked with such international brands and Shell Oil and Coke.

Below a link to the website of the artist Odeith:

Price range information: This artist is great for the fact its very easy to purchase a fine print. At the website listed above prints range from 25€ up to  550€. If you live in States or own U.S. dollars its a great opportunity to buy a piece of fine art whilst the dollar is so strong against the euro.

In this clip from Odeith we see many examples of his style of artistic lettering:


Odeith stands alone with his style of building dimension in letters. With many street artists who use typography they exaggerate the letters so much I can’t understand them! Not so with Odeith, whose letters and work I can recognize at first glance.

Many artists are able to make fantastic images making three dimensional works out of letters, but what is so impressive about Odeith is that he is able to apply his style to the corners of buildings, and their 90 degree angles, in addition to painting on the flat side of a building.

Below more images by Odeith:


Artist of the moment……..Street Artist Vhils

Street artist Vihls was born Alexandre Farto  in Lison, Portugal in the year 1987. Vhils creates very large works on damaged and weathered buildings using a chisel. Vhils works with the face and figure.

Vhils attended the School of Arts located in London during 2007 and 2008.

The artist jumped onto the international scene after a work of Vhils appeared in print next to legendary street artist Vhils. Banksy’s agent gave the artist space to sell his work alongside Banksy and Vhils career was off and running.

In this clip we view Vhils in action on a piece. What is great is that he also weather’s the building if he wants an older look.

I guess the artist is a sculptor? I had never seen anything like this art before. More reason to put Street Art shows in the major museums. Its a wonderful worldwide movement of very creative artisans!

Price range information: Sorry none available.

A brief documentary featuring works of the artist:

An artist who works in a similar graphic style is my favorite street artist, Swoon. But she doesn’t dig into the walls like Vhils!


Artist of the moment……Amadeo Souza Cardoso

Amadeo de Souza Cardoso was born in Mancelos, Amarante, Portugal in the year 1887.

Amadeo de Souza Cardoso attended the Superior School of Fine Arts located in Lisbon, Portugal. As a young man he mastered the art of caricature. Another caricature artist who went on to great success as a painter would be the great Claude Monet. Cardoso also attended the Ecole des Beaux Arts located in Paris, France.

Cardoso was part of the ground breaking Armory Exhibition of 1913. This was a ground breaking show in America for the Modernist painters.

Cardoso also experimented with the Cubist style of painting.

A brief bio and montage of works by Amadeo de Souza Cardoso:

Amadeo de Souza de Cardoso passed away in 1918 at the age of 30 years old from the Spanish Flu.

Price range information: Sorry none available.


Artist of the moment….Paula Rego….

In the gallery, only the last picture is not a Rego. It was painted by Jack Vettriano. When I first saw the painting of Rego that showed couples dancing under moonlight, it reminded me of Vettriano’s work.

The artist was born in Portugal in 1935.

A great montage showing the artists works.

Price ranges: Ragu has worked in many disciplines including ceramic dolls which can be found for few hundred dollars. Etchings which go from one to five thousand dollars. She sold a pastel work titled Broken Promises for 1.168  million dollars. Acrylic record is for a work titled Looking back which sold for 1.26 million.

I compare the artist to Jack Vettriano. He is a highly successful commercial illustrator known for painting couples dancing along the beach, sometimes with a manservant holding an umbrella. Both artists get the emotion of romance and sometimes desperation.  Below is classic example of Vettriano’s art.

A short interview featuring the artist and Robert Hughes.

Paula Rego was born in Lisbon, Portugal in the year 1935. Rego’s father was an engineer and took a job abroad. Her parents moved to London and the artist went to stay with grandmother for a few years. Rego was busy listening to stories and fables of magical lands from her grandmother and one of the maids of the house.

Rego was sent to a school that was different from her Catholic background in that they were Anglican. Faith also has an important role in the artist’s work.

The artist was then sent to a finishing school in London that she hated. She quit this and enrolled in the Chelsea School of art. Her guardian didn’t tell her parents. Neither he nor Rego knew how they would react to her hanging about the crazy and wild artistic crowd. Eventually she told her parents and to her suprise they didn’t mind. She then enrolled in the Slade School of Art in London.
She met her husband while at the School, but he was married. After the divorce, the couple was married and given a house by Rego’s father. Rego’s father was the owner of an eletrical company. He died and Rego’s husband took over the company. This was during a revoluntionary time in Portugal. Even though Paula and her husband backed the left wing takeover of government, this ended up destroying their business. The family then moved to London for the rest of Willing’s lifetime.

The artist first’s big show was with the London Group in 1962. A popular group that included such art celebrities as David Hockney. The seventies and eighties brought the artist major exhibitions in New York and Amsterdam.

Rego is in many large museum collections including 46 pieces owned by the Tate Gallery in London. She even has a museum in Cascais, Portugal that is named for the artist and specializes in her works.
Rego has become a naturalized British citizen.