Investing in Contemporary Art by Portuguese Women

Investir em Arte Contemporânea de Mulheres Portuguesas

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Want to invest in art but don't know where to start? Are you a new collector and need more guidance? P55.ART put together a list of 5 renowned contemporary artists. Find out which artist most influential of today in which you want to invest.Check out P55.ART's tips for those who are starting to collect art. If you have questions, contact us!

1. Maria Helena Vieira da Silva
Vieira da Silva is a renowned artist who dabbled in abstract painting. His work, composed of a poetry of colors and shapes, inspired by big cities, is full of soft lines. He worked in sculpture, illustrations, theatrical decorations and also dedicated himself to tapestry. The artist worked and lived essentially in Paris, however it is possible to discover traces of Lisbon in her work. Due to the Second World War and the Estado Novo, she took refuge in Brazil with her husband, the painter Arpad Szenes. It was mainly from the post-war period that his work began to be recognized and celebrated nationally and internationally, with several commissions and exhibitions. Currently, his works are appreciated in different parts of the world for the way in which they revolutionized art. Undoubtedly, a good investment for those who love abstract art.

Vieira Silva | Magazine | P55.ARTVieira da Silva

2. Paula Rego
The painting “School for Little Witches”, by the Portuguese artist Paula Rego, sold on Wednesday for 415,000 pounds (500,000 euros) at auction in London, above Christie's estimate. Dating from 2009, the 154 x 121 cm painting shows a group of children and their adult caregivers, “as if they were clients of an absurd day care center”, can be read in the essay about the work, published by the auctioneer. Each time, the Portuguese painter sells more works at exuberant prices. Everything indicates that more and more your pieces increase in value, so it will always be a good investment.Paula Rego (1935) gained recognition as one of the greatest artists of our time, nationally and internationally, for her deeply ambiguous and figurative works. From abstractionism to conceptualism, his pieces are part of a figurative field of their own: «the beautiful grotesque». In surreal compositions with a cruelty - both subtle and explicit - the Portuguese artist demonstrates her own imagery, the brutality of Portuguese folktales, dysfunctional family relationships, political systems and social structures. Women and girls are placed in the foreground, and animals often replace humans. Between life and art,Paula Rego demonstrates its concerns and convictions, for example, the production of the series entitled «Aborto» for agreeing with the decriminalization of the voluntary interruption of pregnancy.

Paula Rego | P55 Magazine | P55.ARTPaula Rego

3. Armanda Passos
Armanda Passos stood out in Portuguese artistic production with its full of deep meanings linked to its intimate space. In the vivid colors of his portraits, we see, in a dreamlike way, his interpretations, especially of women, as a figure and representation. In addition to the female figures, his works show his relationship with nature, in particular with birds, and through the development of a revolutionary technique with serigraphy. She did not see herself noticed in painting or drawing and did not envisage an artistic future, however destiny made her one of the most predominant Portuguese artists, marking the art of the late 20th century and the beginning of the 21st century. He left a body of work full of paintings, drawings and serigraphs that represent a talent that manifested itself smoothly. Currently, his pieces are present in several collections, namely the National Museum of Contemporary Art, the Modern Art Center of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, the Serralves Foundation and the Museu Amadeo de Souza-Cardoso. After his death last year, his works have come to be appreciated, being a great investment for appreciators of figurative art.

Armanda Passos | P55 Magazine | P55.ARTArmanda Passos

4. Graça Morais
Wrapped in mystery and surprise, Graça Morais (1948) creates works that convey to the viewer his memory of the rural world, of the village of Vieiro in Trás-os-Montes, where he was born and raised. In a relationship between the body, thought and experience, the artist paints with strong strokes the faces of a village, the stories of the Portuguese people, their customs, the way of working and the power of motherhood. In addition to painting, he created illustrations for books and tile panels in various buildings such as the Caixa Geral de Depósitos Building in Lisbon, the Belarusian Metro Station in Moscow, among others.Graça Morais represented Portugal at the XVII Bienal de São Paulo in 1983. In 2008, the Center for Contemporary Art was inauguratedGraça Morais (CACGM) in Bragança, designed by the architect Souto Moura, which has a nucleus of several rooms dedicated to the work of the painter. Remember the Portuguese origins with the works ofGraça Morais!

Graça Morais | Magazine | P55.ARTGraça Morais


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