O Tal do Simiema has produced a number of paintings and three collections: "Poderosa", "O Baile" and "Um prazer transcendental meu".
Eu sou o Brasil: Um autorretrato crítico
I am Brasil: A critical self-portrait
O Tal do Simiema, 2020. Acrylic on canvas, 70 x 60 x 4 cm.
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About the artwork:
"A meditation about the ethnocultural formation of Brazil, this self-portrait lends itself to the collective representation by suggesting a collage or a mosaic. Part of a collection inspired by Macunaíma and the avant-garde movements of 1922, this painting expresses the artist’s intent to render a fresh look into the centennial of modernism in Brazil by exploring contemporary issues of gender, representation and immigration."
Poderosa (no. 1)
O Tal do Simiema, 2020. Acrylic on canvas, 20 x 80 x 3.5 cm.
"I have always been very close to women, whether they are from my family or friends. I shared their pains, joys, victories and mishaps. So I decided to create a series that celebrated these and other women, with their diverse facets, personalities, movements and emotions. The paint brush may be in my hands, but it is their voice."
O Baile (no. 1)
O Tal do Simiema, 2020. Acrylic on canvas, 30 x 80 x 4 cm.
"This series was, for me, the apex of the pandemic. Isolated at home, I missed the people I saw on my travels, at nights out in Bairro Alto or walking around the city. Just as people give life to Lisbon, I wanted to bring this life back, albeit allegorically. Each of these portraits was and is very special to me, and it is very rewarding to see them all find new homes. Through p55.pt, they went to places like Porto, Guimarães and even Luxembourg. I say goodbye to them physically, but I will always keep good memories of when I was painting them."
"A transcendental pleasure of mine is the collective name given to the series of works produced between June and October of 2020. As a collection, I see it primarily as the documentation of the experiences I had during this period of transition. It should not be interpreted in terms of a journey, for there is no single continuous line between them. The collection departs simultaneously in parallel lines from my previous collection, The Ball, proceeds with each work taking their own path and time separated from the others. Finally, they all arrive at the collection’s main theme: sexual pleasure is a form of aesthetic experience like any other."