Brief biographical statement:
Al.Ma. is a Portuguese artist who was born in MOZAMBIQUE, where she spent her childhood.
Actually she lives and works at Porto, in the north of Portugal, divided between teaching and plastic creation.
AlMa took her Licentiate Degree in Painting in 1992 at FBAUP (University of Fine Arts of Porto).
She has participated in several collective Exhibitions and activities since 1988 in Portugal, Germany, Brazil, France, Spain, Canada, etc., she held several solo exhibitions in Portugal and received some awards and distinctions both in Portugal and abroad.
AlMa comes from a generation of artists that has chosen, facing a saturated visual world, the appropriation and recycling of several images from varied sources, for the last twenty, thirty years. Yet, her inclusion in this group is controversial, since instead of the usual method of unconditional stealing of references, historic quotations and the respective recycling giving rise to a scattering of the meaning, her case has been revealing a restricted idiosyncratic orientation.
That Alma wants us to be enraptured by this childhood world seems to be, in the very act, her aim. Though it clearly shows, at first sight, a good imitation of the compulsory childish trend to write and paint on inappropriate surfaces, the author’s vandalism, only apparently innocent, goes obviously even farther.
In this fluid, transparent and theatrical space, an interaction of mutual influence, either graphic or plastic, reveals itself – between the background pulsation (staging reality) and the overlapped drawings (paradigmatic of the childish imaginary). From this agitation an expressive strength of a nostalgic, metaphysic and a kind of lost time atmosphere appears.
About her process the artist says:” I like to play with images and establish tensions, to focus attention from some icons by opposition to others. At the present, I frequently use images like pop stars or very recognized objects in comparison with others less recognized, like typical, regional or tribal ones.
Sometimes this context creates a bizarre and an unexpected environment that I intend to catch the observer and lead him to wonder.
I broach the subject of playful mood, and use scrawls to demarcate the territory that represents my imagination”.
Licentiate’s degree in Plastic Art – Painting, by Fine Arts College of Porto University (ESBAP)
AWARDS AND DISTINCTIONS:
2009 - Painting Prize - "Encontrarte" - Amares - PORTUGAL.
2004- III Fine Arts Prize-Baviera Sec.XXI – Museum of Cerveira Biennial – V.N.Cerveira - PORTUGAL
2003 – Special Recognition – All Media . Painting III – Period Gallery – Omaha/Nebraska – U.S.A.
2002 – 1st Etching Prize – 7º Salón Internacional Mercosur Diogenes Taborda/ Buenos Aires – ARGENTINA; Prize show (artisti finalisti) -“IT ART 2002”: 4th Mini Graphic & Painting World Wide Show – Chiesa di S. Maria Della Spina – Pisa - ITALY.
2000 – Acquisition Prize ( Magna Artis ) – Artistas.Gondomar – Auditório Municipal / Gondomar- PORTUGAL.
1994 – Revelation Prize – IV Bienal de Gravura – Fábrica da Cultura / Amadora – PORTUGAL.
2021 – MasKollektiv Project #signs of Hope - catalog/magazine (Curated by Genoveva Oliveira)
2020 – Amália, Um olhar Contemporâneo - António Prates Gallery, Lisbon; 25 years in 25 stories- 25th anniversary of the dst Literature Grand Prize – Zet Gallery, Braga; UnKnown 2020 International Online Exhibition and art Camp, Asymmetry Art Group (Jabalpur- India); The Art of Sherlock Global 2 Special Edition, ilustration Book (#48 - The Adventure of the Missing Necklace); Art Around Us International Online Exhibition Foundation of Art and Culture , Bhopal, India
2019 – Perfeita Libação, Art Transforming – Museum of Bairrada Wine , Anadia; VII Biennial of Lusophone Cultures, Exhibition Center – Odivelas ; Arte em Lata -Espinho Municipal Museum / FACE; UBUNTU - Gondomar Exhbition- 3th Gaia International Art Biennial - Portugal
2018 – 'HÁBITATS' , artists Portugueses and Andaluzes – Meca - Almeria - Espanha;
Exhbition "AMADEO", death centenary of Amadeo de Souza-Cardoso - Espinho Municipal Museum /FACE; ; II International Edition of Artists Book at MAB (Bahia Art Museum)- Brasil; 80 Years, 80 Interpretations of José Rodrigues - S. Paio Convent, Vila Nova de Cerveira - Portugal
2017 - Lethes Art (1ª edtion) - Ponte de Lima; Painting Award CPC 2017, Portuguese Congress of Cardiology – Algarve Congresses Palace – Albufeira; ‘4th Biennial Women D´Artes - Espinho Municipal Museum / FACE – Portugal
2016 - ART MAP (moving curatorial project) - Ponte de Lima - Portugal; PORTUG’ART exhibition- Grafton Street,23 (Myfair)- D Group – London, United Kingdom
2015 - 1th Gaia Biennial - V.N. Gaia - Portugal; 3th International Biennial 'Mulheres d' Artes' – Municipal Museum – Espinho - PORTUGAL ; Woman With (He)art" - Da Vinci Art Gallery – Porto - Portugal
2014 - "15+1"- Da Vinci art gallery - Porto - Portugal
2013 - “Femmes et Babouches”- gal. Espace 181- Paris - France
2011 – FAC – Arte Lisboa – Trindade gallery stand – FIL - Lisboa- PORTUGAL
2009 – 1st International Painting Prize Portuguese Rotary Fondation, - Coimbra- PORTUGAL
Collective Exhibition “ Pintores Noveles - Galerías Fivars” - París/MontePego – France / Spain
2007 – FAC – Arte Lisboa – Trindade gallery stand – FIL - Lisboa
2005- Amadeo De Sousa-Cardoso Prize –Amadeu De Sousa Cardoso Municipal Museum - Amarante.
2004- III Fine Arts Prize-Baviera Sec.XXI – Museum of Cerveira Biennial – V.N.Cerveira - Portugal
2003- Ásia Print Adventure – Hokkaido Museum of Modern Art – Japan; 6e Triennal Mondiale de l’Estampe Petit Format - Chamalières/Auvergne – France ; All Media . Painting III (online exibition) – Period Gallery – Omaha / Nebraska – U.S.A.
2002- 7th International Salon - Mercosur - Diogenes Taborda – Fundación Volpe Stessens / Buenos Aires – Argentina; “IT ART 2002”: 4th Mini Graphic & Painting World Wide Show – Accademia d’ Arte di Pisa – ITALY; 7th Fine Arts Biennial of Montijo City / Vespeira Prize – PORTUGAL.
2001- 1st Graphic Biennial of St. André/S.Paulo – BrasilL ; Portuguese Contemporary Etching – Bibliothéque Gabrielle Roy – Quebec/ CANADA
ONE MAN EXHIBITIONS (Portugal):
2018 - "Crazy Cloud Time"- Almedina Gallery- Municipal Museum - Coimbra.
"Near from any Sea" - Piso Dois Gallery - Felgueiras -
2017 – “Far from any Road” – AMI Foundation- Porto
; “Color Blind” – Tile Museum of Ovar - Ovar -
2016 – “2 for1” (doblo solo exhibit) Alvarenga Marques+Tim Madeira – Acervo Gallery - Lisbon -
2015 - “Higher than the Sun III” – Arte & Cultura - Quinta da Boeira – V.N. Gaia
2013 - “Higher than the sun II ” - 57 Art Gallery – Viana do Castelo
2012 – “Higher than the sun” - Trindade Gallery – Porto
2007 – “Till the sun turns black” - Trindade Gallery – Porto
2004 – “Screens of memory” – Trindade Gallery – Porto
2002 – “Always on my mind”– OM Gallery – Penafiel.
2000 – “Submerso”– Epicêntro / Arte & Produções Culturais – Porto.
1999 – “Em Terra de Cego” – OM Gallery – Penafiel.
1998 – “Tons Férteis” – municipality gallery – Matosinhos.