During the summer of 2021, Cruzes Canhoto presents the fourth edition of “Desvios e Extravios” (Deviations and Misplacements), a collective exhibition of singular art.
On display are works by artists Sátrapa, Martinho, Idalécio, Clara Probanza and João Fróis, already regulars at the gallery, and a new artist, Miguel Pipa. With very different styles and techniques, they are all self-taught and have an extraordinary ability to surprise us with unusual visions of reality.
SÁTRAPA appears in late 2013, as an alter ego that arises from a combination of factors that lead him to create the Factoría de Androides, a space where his extraordinary creations are born spontaneously, in a therapeutic exercise of alienation, fiction and fantasy.
JOÃO FRÓIS, comes from Lourenço Marques (currently Maputo), where he was born in 1949. The psychedelic and surrealistic drawings, impregnated with African motifs, that make up his work are created on sheets of ordinary notebooks or pieces of cardboard that he finds on the street, using a simple pen.
IDALÉCIO is an outsider artist, born in 1952, in a small village in Aveiro district. Pop and populist, surreal and tropicalist, Idalécio is strongly inspired by the Portuguese folk art, of which he is a great collector.
MARTINHO was born in 1970, in Ribatejo, but it is in Ovar that he develops his work. Restless and misaligned by nature, he finds comfort for his mental unquietness through his artistic expression. He makes art like catharsis, creating in a compulsive and visceral way.
CLARA PROBANZA was born in 1959, in the Basque Country, and began to shape the material of her dreams, after the appearance of a serious illness that forced her to spend most of her time lying in bed or on a sofa. She then developed a fantastic and colorful universe of extraordinary beings in unusual drawings that express all the infinite possibilities that the world has to offer.
MIGUEL PIPA was born in 1980, in Caxinas, the peculiar fishermen’s neighborhood of Vila do Conde. With no academic background by choice, he has always shown a permanent restlessness with the outside world that surrounds him and a constant curiosity for what is behind things. From 2010 onwards, he began to create in drawing, using vulgar pens on different materials, a world of interconnected mutant microorganisms that he calls fictional botany.