Idalécio (b.1952) is a portuguese self-taught artist
from a small village in Aveiro district.
He started creating spontaneously in the country house where he grew up as an orphan, having no artistic pretensions or interest in revealing the collection he has been accumulating throughout his entire life.
In April 2016, after multiple encounters and conversations, the exhibition “D’Idalécio… Todos Temos Um Pouco” opened at last at the gallery Cruzes Canhoto, in Porto, and his outsider sculptures and paintings could be shown in public for the first time. Still, despite having sold more than 300 art pieces during this operation, Idalécio intended to remain anonymous and continued in the factory where he has always worked, creating only in his spare time. It was not until September 2017, at his second exhibition in Cruzes Canhoto, “Metalúrgico Sexagenário”, that he agreed to reveal himself to the public and to the press.
Pop and populist, surreal and tropicalist, Idalécio is so strongly inspired by the Portuguese folk art as is by some of the expressions of African tribal art, of which he is also a collector. His presence in the interior of Mozambique in the late 1970s serving during the war could be at the basis of this artistic influence.
If at the beginning of his creative activity some stylistic inconsistencies are evident, in the more recent production is perceived a greater cohesion of styles, forms and themes, the result of a successful evolutionary process towards a unique and personal language, as
we could perceive in his most recent exhibition, “Saints, Devils and Other Beasts” (Cruzes Canhoto, 2020), where Idalécio, having nothing else to prove, refused to show any kind of exhibitionism, reducing shapes and colors to the essential, often monochromatic.