Born in the Ribatejo region, but living in Ovar for a long time, Martinho (b. 1970, João Pedro Coutinho) chose to graduate in design.
Restless and misaligned by nature, he soon found comfort for his mental unquietness through his artistic expression. However, he does not create for the artistic milieu or in search of fame. Nor does he take himself too seriously in his occupation. He makes art like catharsis, creating in a compulsive and visceral way.
This is noticeable in his entire work, although not in an obvious way, both in paintings and in sculptural objects.
His collages and assemblages, apparently chaotic and abstract, actually present narratives that report situations of his tormented daily life.
It turns out that this daily life is not exclusive to Martinho. It’s common to many of us, and that’s what makes his work so strangely attractive, impressive and empathetic.
SEM JUÍZOS (no sense / no judgement)
14 March > 31 July 2020 + A Couple of Days
Galeria Cruzes Canhoto, Rua Miguel Bombarda, 452, Porto
Tiago Coen / Cruzes Canhoto
Nuno Marques / Pedro Soares / Cruzes Canhoto
Pedro Soares / Cruzes Canhoto
To see other pieces by Martinho go to:
Exhibition “Deviations and Misplacements”
Exhibition “Deviations and Misplacements 2”
Exhibition “Deviations and Misplacements 3”