Born in 1952, he dedicated four decades of his life to cod fishing, before taking up his time with his unusual artistic creations.
Self-taught, with a naïf style, he recovers material from the trash that transforms into beings or objects of bizarre aspect. In most situations, it is the original forms of the materials that he collects that suggest the idea for each of the sculptures he creates.
In the studio house, in Viana do Castelo, where he lives and works, there is no space left to accommodate all the pieces created, so he uses them as adornment of the whole surrounding area, including the garden and roof of the house.
See interview with Joaquim Pires on the website
De Ana a Zé – Arte Popular Portuguesa
Other works by Joaquim Pires can be seen at:
Exhibition “Deviations and Misplacements”
Exhibition “Deviations and Misplacements 2”