MARTINHO DIAS

MARTINHO DIAS

Trofa, Porto, Portugal

About MARTINHO DIAS

MARTINHO DIAS, (b. 1968) is a Portuguese artist. He have a Master degree in Fine Arts - Painting, by Oporto University.


Martinho Dias was illustrator and teacher of Visual Arts until 2009. Since then, he started to dedicate himself full time to artistic activity with works represented in several publications. His work has been distinguished and displayed in many individual and collective exhibitions, both in Portugal and abroad.

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"My work is mostly figurative and my main theme is a social one, playing with society's different powers and privileged social layers, mixed with a generous portion of irony and humour circling many paradoxes".

My initial material and subjects are manly from press media, art history and Internet. I am a manipulator and I am also an image/context ‘agitator’, contributing to reality new meanings and narratives. The photographic images are used as "models" to my pictorial compositions. What I do consists of removing several of today’s leading public figures of their comfortable sets offering in return, as often as possible, some degree of discomfort".
(Martinho Dias, 2015)

The process:

"I don't usually make preparatory drawings and sketches on paper; it is more convenient to work with the brain. Besides, at a certain point, computer has become an excellent tool at the initial phase of each new project. This initial moment of the process is crucial for defining the central idea of the painting as well the elements that will give it shape.
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http://www.martinhodias.com

Education

Master degree - Painting (2013) and Fine Arts degree (1996), by Oporto University - Faculty of Fine Arts.

Events

https://youtu.be/jGndeUrToEY

Stella Jurgen interviews Martinho Dias

CAMÕES TV, Toronto – “Stella’s Studio”

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Exhibitions

Selected SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2020
- TRIGGER, Espaço Exibicionista gallery, Lisbon
- FEATHERS, Centro Cultural e Congressos Caldas da Rainha, Portugal;
2019
- OFFICE, O Rastro Gallery, Figueira da Foz, Portugal;
2017
- PAROXETINE, MAC Gallery, Lisbon, Portugal;
- airOPORTO, Soares dos Reis National Museum, Oporto, Portugal;
2016
- A CORJA [the scum], Casa das Artes, V.N. Famalicão, Portugal;
- TRADE MARK, Zeller Gallery, Espinho, Portugal;
2015
- LIES AND OTHER TRUTHS, Gallery 5, Guimarães, Portugal;
- UP, Red Nankim Gallery, Oporto, Portugal; 
 - MARTINHO DIAS: 005’015, Espinho Municipal Museum, Espinho, Portugal;
2014
- I BELONG TO MYSELF, MAC Gallery, Lisbon. Portugal;
- PO(L)VO [octopus vs people], O Rastro Gallery, Figueira da Foz, Portugal;
2011
- CIRCUMSTANCE, São Bento Gallery, Lisbon, Portugal;
2009
- STAGES, Del Veinte Gallery, Santander, Spain;
- WRITTEN PAINTINGS, Servartes – Cultural Space, Oporto, Portugal;
2008
- DIALOGUES AND MONOLOGUES, O Rastro Gallery, Figueira da Foz, Portugal;
2007
- WRITTEN PAINTINGS, Santos Rocha Museum, Figueira da Foz, Portugal;
- APPLAUSE, São Bento Gallery, Lisbon, Portugal;
2006
- APPLAUSE, Galeria Cañizares, Salvador - Bahia, Brazil;


Selected GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2019
- 5th Espinho International Art Biennial, Espinho Municipal Museum, Espinho, Portugal;
- DINA 5, DaVinci Art Gallery, Oporto, Portugal;
- Idioms, Espaço Exibicionista Gallery, Lisbon, Portugal;
2018
- AMADEO, Espinho Municipal Museum, Espinho, Portugal;
- sOttosOpra: l’Arte in libertà “controllata”, Bar di viale Arsia, Carbonia – Sardinia, Italy;
- MAC 24th Anniversary, MAC Gallery, Lisbon, Portugal;
2017
- 3rd Biennale Internazionale Sant’Antioco, (guest artist), Sardinia, Italy;
2016
- In Good Hands – 1st annual show of Acervo collection, Acervo Gallery, Lisbon, Portugal;
- Biennial Wave, Gaia Artists, Barcelos Municipal Gallery, Barcelos, Portugal;
- MAC 22nd Anniversary, MAC Gallery, Lisbon, Portugal;
2015
- Art Market Budapest, by Léna and Roselly Gallery, Budapest, Hungary;
- MAC 21st, MAC Gallery, Lisbon, Portugal;
- 1st Art Biennial - Gaia, Vila Nova de Gaia, Portugal;
- 2ª Biennale Internazionale d’Arte, Sant’ Antioco – Sardinia, Italy;
2014
- ATTITUDES, Artkate Galerie, Berlin, Germany;
- Guardian of the Edge, (Agnes Marton Org.), Court of Justice of the European Union, Luxembourg;
- 10 Languages in Contemporary Figuration, José Rodrigues Foundation, Oporto, Portugal;
- 10th Schoorlse Kunsten 2014, (with video art PANGEA), Damtheater, Schoorl, Netherlands;
2012
- 10th International Artistic Symposium: In PERSONA. Saarbrücken, Germany;
- Fado North, group exhibition, Casa da Galeria, Sto. Tirso, Portugal;
- Group exhibition, Ermesinde Cultural Forum, Ermesinde, Portugal;
- Global Village’2012 - Collective project:
Projekt 072, Alkmaar, Netherlands;
Château de Sully, Burgundy, France;
Kulturhuset Brønden, Copenhagen, Denmark;
2011
- ART PARIS, International Art Fair, Grand Palais, by Saatchi Online, Paris, France;
- Perfection: Utopia of Women, MOYA - Museum of Young Art, Palais Schönborn, Vienna, Austria;
2010
- 10th International Art Fair - ARTELisboa, by António Prates Gallery, Lisbon, Portugal;
- Cem República, António Prates Gallery, Lisbon, Portugal;
- Collective of Painting, Macao Military Club, by Gallery 57, Macao, R. P. China;
2009
- 16 years of complicity in art, Cultural Arts Centre of Ponte de Sor, Portugal;
2008
- arte x arte - Bogotá08, Colombia;
2007
- 2nd International Art Fair artMADRID, by António Prates Gallery, Madrid, Spain;
2006
- 6th International Art Fair - ARTELisboa, FIL, by António Prates Gallery, Lisbon, Portugal;
- BODY IN EXPRESSION, Servartes Space, Oporto, Portugal;
2005
- 5th International Art Fair - ARTELisboa, FIL, by António Prates Gallery, Lisbon, Portugal;
2002
- II Bavaria Painting Prize, Transport and Communications Museum, Oporto, Portugal;
2001
- 11th International Art Biennial of Vila Nova de Cerveira, Portugal;