1.National and international renowned artist
Manuel Cargaleirois a renowned artist who dabbled in abstract painting. He went to Italy on a grant from the Italian state, and later to France on a Gulbenkian grant, to work at the Faiencerie ceramics factory in Gien. This place and the French capital itself gave him a unique opportunity, at a time when Portugal was closed by the Salazar dictatorship. Paris was the center of culture and art during the 19th and 20th century, so many artists of different nationalities came together and shared ideas, being remembered by the name of Paris school. The Portuguese,Manuel CargaleiroandVieira da Silva, were one of the last artists to integrate this well-known school in Paris and also the last generation of the lyrical abstractionism movement. His works can be found in various places around the world, having in Portugal a public work at the military college station but also in Paris. In Italy, it nurtured a special connection to the Italian city of Vietri Sul Mare, currently home to the Fondazione Museo Artistico IndustrialeManuel Cargaleiro.
2.Painting, ceramics, sculpture, screen printing, tiles
Do you like painting more than sculpture? Over the years,Manuel Cargaleiroexplored various techniques. He started playing with ceramics when he was still in elementary school, at the house of a potter, José Trindade. He later discovered painting, when he went to the School of Fine Arts. «I always felt this need to do painting.» —Manuel Cargaleiro
His pictorial language was strongly marked by the use of geometry and abstract language, tending to be non-figurative, with spontaneous and dynamic brushstrokes. The exploration of color is one of the main features of his work, as it reveals feelings and creates different spaces in a single composition. His works are filled with blue, according to the artist himself: “the blue of the sea, the blue of the sky, is the color of introspection. Blue for me is the basis of everything.”
His abstract paintings demonstrate his feelings and observations naturally and effortlessly. In the series of imaginary cities, he conveys his ideas by representing what he imagined was happening in a city, after a long observation of it. In his tiles, the spontaneity of the brushstroke prevails, and in his paintings, an ornamental and decorative sense is distinguished, the option for two-dimensionality and the denial of depth. Having explored so many different techniques, the works ofManuel Cargaleirocan easily please different aesthetic tastes.
3. Marked the History of Portuguese Art
Painter and Ceramist,Manuel Cargaleirois a reference in Portuguese art from the mid-twentieth century to the present. He is one of the last painters to be part of the well-known Paris school and the lyrical abstractionism movement. the portuguese artistManuel Cargaleirocreated a remarkable language in the artistic world through the combination of ceramics and painting, through games between color, light and shadow. His works are strongly characterized by the use of geometry and abstract language, tending to be non-figurative, with spontaneous and dynamic brushstrokes with vibrant colors, which overlap the form, reducing the formality that characterizes the geometric elements. The exploration of color is one of the main features of his work, as it reveals feelings and creates different spaces in a single composition. These characteristics continue to influence artists today in their production.
4.Portuguese heritage in your home
Proudly Portuguese, the influence of Portuguese traditions is evident through the use of the language of tiles — repetition of quadrilaterals and the use of colors such as blue and white — but also Mediterranean, representing the luminosity, optimism and sensuality characteristic of this area. Thus, the dialogues he establishes with the tradition of artisanal knowledge and the art history of his time are strongly implicit in the genesis of his work. Through his continuous effort he managed to create a remarkable language in the artistic world, through his abstract language with the use of geometry and the combination of ceramics and painting, through games between color, light and shadow.
5.Value for all portfolios
Manuel Cargaleirocreated numerous works with different techniques, thus having pieces of art for all budgets. From serigraphs for €100, to paintings for €10,000,Manuel Cargaleirothey are a great investment, which combines aesthetic enjoyment with financial compensation, the useful with the pleasant. Investing in art is investing in your heritage and heritage.