Top Sellers 2021

Top Sellers 2021

Artists with the Most Artworks Sold in 2021
In 2021, with an innovative tactic, the P55 allowed the sale of works of art easily, quickly and without any physical contact. In response, there was exponential growth in revenue and also in the percentage of artists and galleries that started working on this platform. Find out in this article what 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 archaeology. 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 in 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 made by the artist himself. With strong and cheerful colors, his works are characterized by the intersection of themes between animal and human, mineral and vegetable. For decades the Portuguese artist has collected African, pre-Columbian and ancient Chinese art that is currently on display at the CIAJG - José de Guimarães International Arts Center. Learn more about José de Guimarães in the article Works by José de Guimarães: Alphabet .

José de Guimaraes | P55 Magazine | P55.ART

2. Manuel Cargaleiro
The Portuguese artist Manuel Cargaleiro created a striking language in the artistic world by combining 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. The spontaneous and dynamic brushstrokes with vibrant colors overlap the form, reducing the formality that characterizes the geometric elements. THE 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. The influence of the traditional Portuguese tile is noted, through the repetition of the quadrilaterals and the use of colors such as blue and white. In addition to painting and ceramics, Manuel Cargaleiro 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 journey, he addressed issues and themes in his works, such as: protest, eroticism, fado, bullfighting, literature, mythology, the Xingu Indians of Brazil, D. Quixote, portraits and animals. Belonging to the third generation of modernists, Júlio Pomar is an artist whose works range from neorealism to expressionism, passing through abstractionism . He produced mainly paintings and drawings, but he also carried out works of engraving, sculpture, illustration, ceramics, glass, tapestry, collages, theater scenography and wall decoration in tile. In the last years of his life, he also devoted himself to poetry and music. Learn more about the artist in the articles Júlio Pomar's Animals , The Portrait of the Worker in Art and 5 artists to discover spring

Julio Orchard | P55 Magazine | P55.ART

4. Banksy
The English artist Banksy , with an anonymous identity, created his own language on the streets of the world, through stencil and graffiti. His works are easily identifiable by their graphic language and their own characteristics. Children, police, rats or monkeys are some of the figures used by the artist. Deeply figurative, these stencils 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 impactful works by Banksy . He is currently one of the most recognized and admired contemporary artists among younger generations.

Banksy | P55 Magazine | P55.ART

5. Pablo Picasso
The innovative and impactful Spanish artist Pablo Pic asso contributes to the development of the art world to challenge their conventional forms. The considerable work of Pic asso includes more than 20,000 paintings, prints, drawings, sculptures, ceramics, theater sets and costumes of various 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 her works "Guernica", "Les Demoiselles d'Avignon", "The Weeping Woman", the search for inspiration from African art and the events around it is evident. With an easily identifiable language, the Spanish artist marked the artistic field, influencing artists to this day. Learn more about the famous Pablo  Pic asso on 5 iconic works by Pablo Picasso , 5 Famous Couples in Art History and What is Cubism? Where did Cubism come from? What were the main works and artists?

Pablo Picasso | P55 Magazine | P55.ART

6. Seixas Cruise
The Portuguese artist Cruzeiro Seixas (1920-2020) is one of the great names of surrealism in Portugal. In his vast artistic production, he went through several stages, from expressionism to neo-realism, to surrealism. He explored various 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 a recurrent promoter of surrealist aesthetics in the Portuguese milieu.

Seixas Cruise | P55 Magazine | P55.ART

7. Vhil
One of the leading artists of the movement of urban art ( street art ), Alexandre Farto (1987), better known as Vhils continues to evolve and boost your style to carve large scale faces of anonymous figures in order to reveal the layers hidden inferiors and the fragility of urban space. He appeared on the art scene in 2008, creating a revolution, through his innovative artistic practice, in which destruction is a form of construction. He became an international phenomenon, mainly for his mural works in the public space, honoring José Saramago, Zeca Afonso, among others. The area where he grew up, Seixal, an industrial suburb across the river from Lisbon (Portugal), profoundly influenced the practice by the changes brought about by the intense urban development, in the 1980s and 1990. As Bordallo II , Banksy and 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 sides 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 media such as serigraphy, installation and other supports, such as advertising posters, wooden doors and metal plates that he collects from the streets.

Vhils | P55 Magazine | P55.ART


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