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DEVIATIONS AND MISPLACEMENTS 5

Collective of Singular Art

Cruzes Canhoto presents the fifth edition of “Desvios e Extravios” (Deviations and Misplacements), a collective exhibition of singular art.
On display are works by artists Sátrapa, Martinho, Idalécio, João Fróis, Eme, Isaac and Miguel Pipa.
With very different styles and techniques, they are all self-taught with an extraordinary ability to surprise us with their 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.
Idalécio is an outsider artist, born in 1952, in a small village in Aveiro district. Pop and populist, surreal and tropicalist, he is strongly inspired by the Portuguese folk art, of which he is a great collector.
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.
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.
Isaac was born in Porto, in 1975. His artistic creations, the Judeo-Christian heritage, dualistic and apocalyptic, that strongly marked his childhood and youth, is clearly evident. They are works mostly done in drawing, using thick line pens, on canvas or cardboard, with a naive surrealist expression.

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.
Eme has been exhibiting in the gallery Cruzes Canhoto since 2016, when she started creating small sculptures in papier-mâché. In these naïf modulations, she adds little hardware components and small everyday objects to give them a figurative expression, on monochromatic backgrounds in vibrant colors. More recently, she has created paintings with compositions of Nature themes on K-line boards, using the same materials as always.

Title:
Deviations and Misplacements 5
Date:
02 July > 18 September 2022 + A Few More Days
Where:
Galeria Cruzes Canhoto, Rua Miguel Bombarda, 452, Porto
Curatorship:
Cruzes Canhoto
Texts:
Tiago Coen / Cruzes Canhoto
Photography:
Pedro Soares / Cruzes Canhoto
Design:
Pedro Soares / Cruzes Canhoto

All works exhibited are available for online purchase.
If you are interested please contact us.

SÁTRAPA

Sátrapa emerged at the end of 2013 as an alter ego of artistic expression in agitp(r)op mode. What started out as an exercise of alienation, fiction and fantasy, quickly evolved into something larger to an unusual level of creation in painting and sculpture.
For those unaware of Sátrapa’s creative process, it is difficult to believe that all his works are the result of actions driven by intuition, where nothing is outlined or preconceived. These are creations of the moment, on impulse, and only later refined and finished with a rigorous elaboration typical of a master.
In April 2018, Cruzes Canhoto exhibited a retrospective of the artist’s work at the exhibition “Factoría de Androides”, where one could appreciate not only his famous robotic sculptures but also the paintings that were at their base, still very close to simplistic forms of street art. The success was such, that it was necessary to organize a second part of that show, in the same year: “Factoría de Androides II: Marte Contra-Ataca”. In September 2019, still at Cruzes Canhoto, the exhibition “Mutantes” is presented, exclusively with paintings.
In his evolution, together with the aesthetic refinement, we perceive a greater concern with the denunciation of the brutal changes that society has been undergoing in recent years, especially in his new painting works, where the portrait forms with unconventional faces and bodies acquire a truly impressive depth of character and psychological density.

IDALÉCIO

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.

JOÃO FRÓIS

Born in 1949 in Lourenço Marques (now Maputo), João Fróis came from an Alentejo family based in Mozambique for three generations. In the former Portuguese colony, where he remained until 2001,
he did a little of everything, giving meaning to his nonaligned, dilettante and adventurous personality. Among other activities, he was a military man, a journalist, a basketball coach and a flight attendant for the Mozambique Airlines. During his free time,
he drew and painted, taking advantage of the close relationship he maintained in the local bohemian and artistic scene, which included Malangatana and Chichorro.
He currently lives in Ponte de Lima, completely out of the system, in a kind of isolation that allows him to take his days as he likes, free and detached from material questions. Self-taught, he makes art as a mental therapy, especially when life doesn’t suit him, never having shown great interest in projecting himself as an artist.
In April 2017, Cruzes Canhoto exhibited a retrospective of the artist, entitled “Psico-afroliberdelia”, composed of 60 drawings that resulted from an unconscious process of self-therapy over a decade (2003-2014).

MARTINHO

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.
After a first solo exhibition, in 2018, at the Ovar Art Center, he presented “Sem Juízos”, at the gallery Cruzes Canhoto, in Porto, in March 2020.

ISAAC

Miguel Pipa was born in 1980 in Caxinas, the peculiar fishermen’s neighborhood of Vila do Conde.
Without an academic education by choice, he has always shown a permanent concern with the outside world that surrounds him and a constant curiosity for what is behind things.
For him, nothing is acquired. Everything that comes to hand is questioned, dismantled and reprocessed. That’s how he started experimenting in the field of electronic music, investigating new sonic possibilities that classical instruments could offer when manipulated in an alternative way, or creating new instruments himself from the most common objects of everyday life.
Over the last decade, following the principles of ecotropism, he has been creating, through drawing, a world of interconnected mutant microorganisms that he calls fictional botany.
He presented his work to the public for the first time, in September 2021, at the Cruzes Canhoto gallery (Porto), in the exhibition “Microecotropias”.

Other works by Isaac can be seen at:
Artist’s Page

MIGUEL PIPA

Miguel Pipa was born in 1980 in Caxinas, the peculiar fishermen’s neighborhood of Vila do Conde.
Without an academic education by choice, he has always shown a permanent concern with the outside world that surrounds him and a constant curiosity for what is behind things.
For him, nothing is acquired. Everything that comes to hand is questioned, dismantled and reprocessed. That’s how he started experimenting in the field of electronic music, investigating new sonic possibilities that classical instruments could offer when manipulated in an alternative way, or creating new instruments himself from the most common objects of everyday life.
Over the last decade, following the principles of ecotropism, he has been creating, through drawing, a world of interconnected mutant microorganisms that he calls fictional botany.
He presented his work to the public for the first time, in September 2021, at the Cruzes Canhoto gallery (Porto), in the exhibition “Microecotropias”.

EME

Eme (Maria Manuela Moreira, b. 1957, Porto) has
been exhibiting in the gallery Cruzes Canhoto since 2016, when she started creating small sculptures
in papier-mâché. In these naïf modulations, she adds little hardware components and small everyday objects to give them a figurative expression, on monochromatic backgrounds in vibrant colors. These are flat figures that may represent popular characters or less common beings such as robots, skeletons, punks or aliens. On the reverse side of most of these pieces can be found semi-fiction stories of the humorous type or social criticism, result of the artist’s daily reflective wanderings around the city.
More recently, she has created paintings with compositions of Nature themes on K-line boards, using the same materials as always.
On the back of most of these pieces are semi-fiction stories of humorous nature or of social criticism, the result of the artist’s daily reflective wanderings around the city.

Other works by EME can be seen at:
Exhibition “Deviations and Misplacements”