FERNANDO GASPAR
b.1966
Born and based in Portugal, EU

 

 

Self-taught visual artist. He began his journey through the drawing and practice of watercolor. Fully dedicated to the activity since 1986, the year in which it began to participate in shows and prizes, and to exhibit regularly in the main art galleries of the country, exploring and adopting other supports, materials and techniques.
His first solo exhibition outside Portugal took place in 1995. There have been some National Prizes, collective participations and more than 50 solo exhibitions in Portugal and abroad. Over the years, the plasticity of his work has evolved towards an increasingly reflective and contemporary approach.
Latest Solo Exhibitions: Estoril Casino Art Gallery, Bill Lowe Gallery, António Pascoal Foundation, Hélder Alfaiate Gallery, São Mamede Gallery.

Statement

Of my work it matters the color, the trace, or no more than what is heard from them. It matters what they both say, when together or apart, present or announced, or no more than what looses them. It is important to speak of this life that stretches between two worlds, both new; of the former where we can no longer fit, the new where we stubbornly adapt. It is important to speak of this time, of this catalytic place where everything begins, again. It is important to be, to connect with the hands and the head, the certainty cured to the freshness of the becoming. And from this struggle is done the work. Figuration prevails, or abstraction reigns in defiance of the covenant. It makes clear the origin and in the next moment already wanders almost erratically dismantling the maternal mark in search of wider ways.
For we too are all this, both memory and invention, silence and noise, peace and discord. As a person and as an artist, I feel like this: in between, between.
And my painting or what remains of it, apocathastic, apocalyptic, revealed, thing or nothing, is no more than the visible essay of this being, of this being so. School orphan, wild and stubborn, is born and thriving on the sweet surfaces of the paper, in the tensions of a woven linen, worked stand, palimpsest care as if smoothing the place for a ceremony. One by one, single as the first, as accomplices as a child, are always the sum of what precedes them, ways to open to the next, pieces that do not altogether separate by any universal law. It is an exercise of mine, an intimate thing that makes me understand, in order to understand myself in this kind of delusion, so deliciously.

 

Solo Exhibitions (selection)

2018
Home – Separated Land Series – Passevite – Lisboa | pt.

2017
Mares – Galeria Helder Alfaiate – Ericeira | pt.
Separated Land IV – Galeria São Mamede – Lisboa | pt.

2016
Separated Land / Agartha – Bill Lowe Gallery – Atlanta, GA | us.

2015
Separated Land II – Galeria de Arte Casino Estoril – Estoril | pt.
Cidade Paralela – Galeria Vieira Portuense – Porto | pt.

2014
Separated Land – Bill Lowe Gallery – Atlanta, GA | us.

2013
Argonautas – Casa Museu Teixeira Lopes – Gaia | pt.
Moving Places – Bill Lowe Gallery – Atlanta, GA | us.
Zwarte Koninginnen – Rainhas Negras – Amstelkerk – Amsterdam | nl.

2012
Princesas de Arcádia – LM Galeria – Sintra | pt.
Remind 25 – Cosmopolis / Centre Culturel Européen – Nantes | fr.

2011
Remind 25 – Museu da Cidade de Aveiro – Aveiro | pt.
Ad Infinitum / Silêncio – Consulado-Geral de Portugal – Paris | fr.

2010
Rebelião no Zoo – Parte II – Galeria de Arte Casino Estoril – Estoril | pt.

2009
Invisible Shapes – Alphart Gallery – Lisboa | pt.

2008
El afecto el Tiempo y el Río – Fundación Caja Duero – Cáceres, Salamanca, Zamora | es.

2006
Ibéria – Galeria de Arte Casino Estoril – Estoril | pt.

2005
Atlânticas – Galeria Vera Cruz – Aveiro | pt.
Crónicas de um encontro – Galeria de Arte Casino Estoril – Estoril | pt.

2003
Rebelião no Zoo – Parte I – Galeria de Arte Casino Estoril – Estoril | pt.

2002
Bestiário / Insectos – Enquadrar – Aveiro | pt.
Personagens para uma história – Artemporio – Lisboa | pt.

2001
Lugares de uma viagem – Galeria de Arte Casino Estoril – Estoril | pt.

2000
Parcours Imaginaire – Convent des Récollets – Cognac | fr.
Parcours Imaginaire – Staff Centre, NATO Headquarters | Brussels | be.
Sítios da Memória – Galeria dos Coimbras – Braga | pt.

1999
Bestiário / Touros – Enquadrar – Aveiro | pt.
Estudos para um Improviso – Galeria de Arte Casino Estoril – Estoril | pt.

1997
Centro UNESCO – Porto | pt.
Aguarela Ainda – Museu Regional de Sintra – Sintra | pt.

1995
Sud – Royal Anderlecht Golf Club – Brussels | be.
Colecções Particulares II – Staff Centre, NATO Headquarters | Brussels | be.
Colecções Particulares I – Maison des Artistes – Anderlecht | be.

1994
Galeria Inter Atrium – Porto | pt.

1992
Galeria Vértice – Lisboa | pt.

1991
Museu Regional de Sintra – Sintra | pt.

1990
À passagem de um rio – Ateneu Comercial do Porto – Porto | pt.

1988
Galeria Municipal de Aveiro – Aveiro | pt.

1986
Galeria de Arte A Grade – Aveiro | pt.

Group Exhibitions (selection)

2017
2ª Bienal de Arte de Gaia (Guess Artist) – Gaia | pt.

2015
Contrastes | 11ª Ed. Shair 2015 – Galeria Emergentes DST – Braga | pt.
1ª Bienal de Arte de Gaia – Gaia | pt.
Colectiva de Pintura e Escultura – Galeria São Mamede – Porto | pt.

2014
28º Salão de Outono – Galeria de Arte Casino Estoril – Estoril | pt.

2012
Sexto Sentido – Galeria 57 – Macao | cn.
Kunstart 12 – Bolzano | it.

2011
Fozarte 2011 – Ap’arte – Porto | pt.

2010
Os Bichos – Galeria de Arte Casino Estoril – Estoril | pt.

2008
Artein, Art Madrid – Madrid | es.

2002
Arte Estoril, 1ª Feira de Arte Contemporânea do Estoril – Estoril | pt.

2001
5º Prémio Nacional de Pintura António Joaquim – Gaia | pt.
Cultura Aberta – Galeria da Restauração / Porto 2001 – Porto | pt.

2000
MarcaMadeira – Feira de Arte Contemporânea – Madeira | pt.
Arte Contemporânea Portuguesa – Reservatório da Patriarcal – Lisboa | pt.
500 anos da Descoberta do Brasil – Curitiba | br.
ArteSevilla – Feria de Arte Contemporaneo – Sevilla | es.

1999
FAC – Feira de Arte Contemporânea – Lisboa | pt.
Feira de Arte – Convento do Beato – Lisboa | pt.

1998
2º Prémio Nacional de Pintura António Joaquim – Gaia | pt.

1997
1º Prémio Nacional de Pintura António Joaquim – Gaia | pt.
Colectiva d’Estiu – Galeria Marbelló – Barcelona | es.

1996
Printemps Culturel – Avignon | fr.
Dez anos, dois homens e um laço – Vagos | pt.

1994
Modos de ver Lisboa – Barata Galeria – Lisboa | pt.
Muestra de Arte Portugues Contemporaneo – Barcelona | es.
Prémio Almada Negreiros – Mapfre Vida – Porto | pt.

1992
Salão de Aguarela – Galeria de Arte Casino Estoril – Estoril | pt.

1991
Lisboa – Séc. XX nas Artes Plásticas – Palácio das Galveias – Lisboa | pt.
Festa da Primavera – Sociedade de Geografia de Lisboa / CML – Lisboa | pt.

1990
O Norte na Pintura – Exponor – Porto | pt.

1989
A Vinha e o Vinho na Pintura – Sociedade Nacional de Belas Artes – Lisboa | pt.

1986
Artistas da Beira – Museu Grão Vasco – Viseu | pt.

Awards and Distinctions

2001
National Prize | Cultura Aberta Porto 2001 | Galeria da Restauração / Porto 2001 | Porto.

2000
Honorable Mention | IV Prémio Nacional de Pintura António Joaquim | Gaia.

1998
National Prize | II Prémio Nacional de Pintura António Joaquim | Gaia.

1997
Honorable Mention | I Prémio Nacional de Pintura António Joaquim | Gaia.
Honorable Mention | Paisagem Portuguesa | Galeria de Arte Casino Estoril | Estoril.
Honorable Mention | 10º Salão de Primavera | Galeria de Arte Casino Estoril | Estoril.

1987
Honorable Mention | 4º Salão de Primavera | Galeria de Arte Casino Estoril | Estoril.
Honorable Mention | Bienal de Cerâmica de Aveiro | Aveiro.