About

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Born in Portugal, in 1978.

I have a keen interest in painting traditions from other cultures and times, having specialised in old European master’s techniques (Flemish oil painting and Baroque oil techniques) and I have travelled parts of the world to take courses in Russian and Greek iconography, Turkish Marbling (Ebru), Indian miniature (Mughal style) and Chinese painting.

Since 2005 that I teach painting classes in London for corporations like Enjoy-Work (Chiswick Park), Saatchi Gallery (Sloane Square), Linen Hall (Oxford Circus), Grosvenor (Bond Street), the architecture offices KPF (Covent Garden) and Terry Farrell (Edgware Road), to name a few. I teach occasional lessons at the Victoria & Albert Museum (South Kensington) about 19th century drawing techniques, and team building workshops for several companies including KPMG, UBS Bank, Sainsbury’s, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Discovery, Paramount, UNICEF, etc. I did a series of life drawing lesson for the Hauser & Wirth gallery (Piccadilly Circus) as part of the Piccadilly Community Centre art installation, 2011. I also teach Flemish oil painting technique in Lisbon at Museu de Arte Antiga (Portugal’s National Gallery).

I specialised in portraiture, having exhibited in the UK, Canada and Portugal. I am an exhibiting artist for the Whitechapel Art Gallery ‘First Thursdays’ programme at Spitalfields Studios.

My style has been influenced by the dramatic chiaroscuro of Caravaggio and Zurbarán. I also love the fine details of Dürer, the expressive line of Ingre’s graphite drawings, the sculptural paintings of Théodore Géricault and Solomon J. Solomon. I admire the flesh tones of Bouguereau, the play of light of Ivan Aivazovsky, the intimacy in Mary Cassatt’s pastels of mother and child; also the colour of Sorolla, the expressiveness of Nicolai Fechin, Winslow Homer and Isaac Levitan as well as the brush strokes of John Singer Sargent and Anders Zorn.

I revere the artworks of contemporary figurative artists like Paula Rego (especially her pastels and etchings), Lucian Freud, Giorgos Rorris, Jenny Saville, Cristina Troufa, the landscapes of Marc Dalessio and Ray Roberts, Daniel Sprick, Jordan Sokol, Dennis Perrin (still life), Scott Waddell, Zhaoming Wu, Antonio Santin, Gerhardt Richter. I also admire abstract art by Howard Hodgkin, Art Venti, Yago Hortal, Kwang-Young Chun and installations by James Turrell and Janet Echelman.

EXHIBITIONS:
Since 2012 – Whitechapel Art Gallery ‘First Thursdays’ of each month; London, UK
Sep. 2010 – Casa das Mudas, Portugal
July 2009 – Safe Studios; London, UK
June 2009 – Hubbub Bar; London, UK
April 2009 – Chiswick Park; London, UK
March 2009 – Centro das Artes da Casa das Mudas; Calheta, Portugal
March 2009 – Casa da Cultura; Camara de Lobos, Portugal
June 2008 – Safe Studios; London, UK
May 2008 – Enjoy-Work; London, UK
Sept. 2007 – Safe Studios; London, UK
Sept. 2006 – Safe Studios; London, UK
Feb. 2006 – Nude Covent Garden; London, UK
Dec. 2005 – Indo Bar; London, UK
Aug. 2005 – Bonjour Montreal, Canada
Aug. 2004 – Centro Cultural; Albufeira, Portugal
Dec. 2003 – Teoartis Galeria de Arte; Evora, Portugal
Aug. 2003 – Magnus Poirier; Montreal, Canada
Aug. 2003 – Bonjour Montreal, Canada
May 2003 – Galeria Americo Tomas; Barreiro, Portugal
Feb. 2003 – Centro Cultural; Nazare, Portugal
July 2002 – Bonjour Montreal, Canada
Mar. 2002 – Galeria Arquivo; Leiria, Portugal

EDUCATION
Sept. 1997 – July 2002
FACULDADE DE BELAS ARTES DE LISBOA, Portugal, B.A. 1st Honours, Fine Arts, Painting emphasis, minor in Sculpture

Related courses:

Chinese Shan Shui brush technique – with Wu Ke, UK
Miniature Mughal Style – with Ajay Sharma, Jai Prakash and Susana Marin, India and UK
Life Model Painting ‘Alla Prima’ – with Luca Indraccolo, UK
Portuguese Tile Painting – Prometeu Artesanato, Portugal
Flemish Oil Painting – with David Cranswick, UK
Ebru Marbling – with Ayla Makas, Turkey
Oil Paint Marbling – Fundação Ricardo do Espírito Santo Silva, Portugal
Coptic and Byzantine Icon Painting – with Stéphane René, UK
Russian Icon Painting – with Irina Bradley and Hannah Ward, UK
Life Model Painting ‘Sight-Size’ – with Travis Seymour, Anastasia Pollard, Harriet Spratt and Ione Hunter, UK
18th century Oil Painting – with David Cranswick, UK
Introduction to Islamic Art – with Farkhondeh Ahmadzadeh, UK
Mediaeval Illumination – with Helen White, UK
Cast Drawing Sight-Size Technique – with Lizet Dingemans and Charlie Pickard, UK
Alla Prima Landscape Painting – with Marc Dalessio, UK
19th Century Photographic Techniques Course: Gum Dichromate – with Célia Pires, Portugal