Top Sellers 2021

Top Sellers 2021

Artists with the Most Artworks Sold in 2021
In 2021, with an innovative tactic, P55 allowed the sale of works of art easily, quickly and without any physical contact. In response, there was an exponential growth in revenue and also in the percentage of artists and galleries that started working on this platform. Find out in this article which were the biggest trends in 2021.

1. José de Guimarães
Known by the name of the city where he was born, José de Guimarães (1939) is a figure of Portuguese art, who explored various areas from the visual arts, through geology, engineering to archeology. Travels to Africa, Asia and South America marked his career by stimulating and developing an aesthetic language. At the end of the 1970s, he built an alphabet based on the forms and symbols of African culture, introducing this into his works. In the 1980s, he began to explore the boundaries between painting and sculpture, with pieces produced with unconventional materials - fiberglass and paper specifically manufactured by the artist himself. With strong and cheerful colors, his works are characterized by the crossing of themes between animal and human, mineral and vegetable. For decades, the Portuguese artist collected African, pre-Columbian and ancient Chinese art, which is currently on display at the CIAJG - Centro Internacional de Artes José de Guimarães. know more aboutJosé de Guimarães in the articleworks by José de Guimarães: Alphabet .

 José de Guimarães | P55 Magazine | P55.ART

2. Manuel Cargaleiro
the portuguese artistManuel Cargaleiro created a striking language in the artistic world by combining ceramics and painting, through interplay between color, light and shadow.His works are strongly characterized by the use of geometry and abstract, non-figurative language. The spontaneous and dynamic brushstrokes with vibrant colors overlap the shape, reducing the formality that characterizes the geometric elements. A exploration of color is one of the main characteristics of his work, as it reveals feelings and creates different spaces in a single composition. The influence of the traditional Portuguese tile is denoted, by the repetition of the quadrilaterals and the use of colors such as blue and white. In addition to painting and ceramics,Manuel Cargaleiro he also explored drawing, sculpture, tapestry and engraving.

Manuel Cargaleiro | P55 Magazine | P55.ART

3. Júlio Pomar
In constant movement and creation, Júlio Pomar (1926-2018) is one of the most renowned Portuguese artists of the 20th century. During his long creative career, his works addressed issues and themes such as: protest, eroticism, fado, bullfighting, literature, mythology, the Xingu Indians of Brazil, Don Quixote, portraits and animals. Belonging to the third generation of modernists, Júlio Pomar is an artist with works ranging from neorealism to expressionism, passing through abstractionism. He mainly produced paintings and drawings, but also carried out work in engraving, sculpture, illustration, ceramics, glass, tapestry, collages, theater scenography and wall decoration in tiles. In the last years of his life, he also devoted himself to poetry and music. Learn more about the artist in the articles the animals of Júlio Pomar , The Portrait of the Worker in Art It is5 artists to discover spring 

Júlio Pomar | P55 Magazine | P55.ART

4. banksy
the english artistbanksy, anonymous identity, created its own language on the streets of the world, through thestencil It's fromgraffiti. His works are easily identifiable by their graphic language and their own characteristics. Children, policemen, rats or monkeys are some of the figures that the artist uses. Deeply figurative, thesestencils critically address various social and political issues such as consumerism, political authority and terrorism. «Girl with Balloon» and «The Son of a Migrant from Syria» are two well-known and impressive works bybanksy. Currently, he is one of the most recognized and admired contemporary artists among the younger generations.

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5. Pablo Picasso
The innovative and impactful Spanish artistPablo picbake contributes to the development of the art world by challenging its conventional forms. The considerable work ofpicbake includes more than 20,000 paintings, prints, drawings, sculptures, ceramics, theater sets and costumes, from diverse artistic movements, such as Cubism, Surrealism, Neoclassicism and Expressionism. Together with George Braque, he created Cubism, a way of representing three-dimensional space on a two-dimensional plane. In his works "Guernica", "Les Demoiselles d'Avignon", "The Weeping Woman", there is a search for inspiration in African art and the events around it. With an easily identifiable language, the Spanish artist marked the artistic field, influencing artists until today. Learn about the famousPablo picbake em 5 iconic works by Pablo Picasso , 5 Famous Couples in Art History It is What is Cubism? Where did Cubism originate? What were the main works and artists?

Pablo Picasso | P55 Magazine | P55.ART

6. Cruzeiro Seixas
the portuguese artistCruzeiro Seixas (1920-2020) is one of the great names of surrealism in Portugal. In his vast artistic production, he went through several phases, from expressionism to neo-realism, until he reached surrealism. He explored different techniques and supports, transmitting a constant poetic and plastic freedom. His drawings, paintings and sculptures integrated the metaphysical landscapes of Giorgio de Chirico and the metamorphic figurations of Salvador Dalí. Through the contrasts between blacks and whites, he developed a very personal imaginary universe. He dreamed and imagined, without aesthetic or moral impositions, in the world of plastic art, but also of poetry. He was recurrently promoter of aestheticssurrealisIt's in the middle of Portuguese.

Cruzeiro Seixas | P55 Magazine | P55.ART

7. Vhils
One of the main artists of the movement ofurban art (street art), Alexandre Farto (1987), better known as Vhils, continues to evolve and push his style by sculpting the faces of anonymous figures on a large scale, in order to reveal the hidden underlayers and fragility of urban space. appeared on the scene artistic in 2008, by creating a revolution, through its innovative artistic practice, in which destruction is a form of construction. He became an international phenomenon, mainly for his murals in public spaces, honoring José Saramago, Zeca Afonso, among others. The space where he grew up, Seixal, an industrialized suburb across the river from Lisbon (Portugal), profoundly influenced his practice due to the transformations caused by intense urban development in the 1980s and 1990s. Bordalo IIbanksy It is Jean-Michel Basquiat, it was in the streets that the basis for his initial artistic production was formed, eventually projecting his perceptions of the outside world through his creative acts. He often carves faces in public spaces - on the side of buildings - with a variety of tools and materials that can leave a mark or remove materials, including hammers, drills, etching acid, bleach and explosives. In addition to mural sculpture, he has also been exploring other means such as serigraphy, installation and other media, such as advertising posters, wooden doors and metal plates that he collects from the streets.

Vhils | P55 Magazine | P55.ART

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