Viagens e outras Áfricas
Museu Municipal de Tavira (Palácio da Galeria)
February 13 – April 30 2010
«Viagens e outras Áfricas» was an exhibition in collaboration with “Laboratório de Actividades Criativas” (LAC) in Lagos. It’s the result of the work of an artist who, in the last few years, has produced a huge number of paintings influenced by his feelings and experiences while travelling.
The works of António Alonso shows a …” force made up of explosive colour, forms and rhythms, aesthetically defined by the experiences that influence his artistic decision making”. The artist also considers that having lived his childhood in another continent influenced his creative process and sowed the seeds for the colours he uses in his various Africas.
António Alonso was born in 1960 in Dalatando/ Angola. He lives in Barão de São João, Lagos, the place where he’s built his studio, “Atelier da Casa Redonda”. He’s developed his own very personal journey in the Algarve, with a constant production of work – which he takes on with intensity.
Along his artistic journey, highlights include: “Pinturas da Casa Redonda”, an exhibition at Lagos Cultural Centre in 2005; Registos, at the “Galeria Novo Século, Lisboarte 2007″; a stay with the “Rabelados” artistic community on Santiago Island in Cape Verde, and the creation of two murals for the “DesignFesta Gallery” in Harajuku Tokyo.
.” In one of the meetings that preceded the construction of this exhibition, Alonso explained: “this (exhibition) presents different forms of sensations and visualisations from a planisphere created more or less by chance…” It was by the force of this “chance” that he travelled to Latin America, Cape Verde, Japan and New York.
In these places, he experienced a world of emotions – rediscovering his roots: mangoes and avocadoes don’t just exist in Angola! His passage through the tropics was, in a way, a new encounter with Africa – influencing the creation of a series of paintings that are the backbone of the first part of this exhibition.” Jorge Rocha (curator of the Exhibition), In Exhibition Catalog