Manuel Baptista, plastic artist from Faro, died

I was 86 years old

Manuel Baptista, plastic artist born in Faro, died this Saturday, April 8, at the age of 86.

The death of one of the leading names in the arts and one of the last great artists of his generation in Portugal has caused several reactions of regret on social media.

In November, Manuel Baptista inaugurated an exhibition at the Sagres Exhibition Centre, at the invitation of the Regional Directorate of Culture of the Algarve.

For this year, a retrospective exhibition of the artist's work from Faro is planned at the Museu de Faro.

Manuel Baptista was born in Faro, in 1936. He graduated from the School of Fine Arts in Lisbon, where he was a teacher. He was a Gulbenkian scholarship holder in Paris and the Instituto de Alta Cultura in Ravenna. He was one of the artists invited by the Portuguese section of AICA to participate in the renovation of the decoration of the café A Brasileira, in Chiado, Lisbon.

Between 1990 and 2003, he managed the municipal galleries Trem and Arco, in Faro.

He was awarded the 1st Painting Prize/Guerin Plastic Arts Prize (1968), the Soquil Prize (1970), the IV Bienal de Cerveira Painting Prize (1984) and the BANIF Painting Prize (1993).

He has exhibited regularly since 1958. In 2003, Manuel Baptista inaugurated Artadentro in Faro with the Drawing exhibition. Of his most recent exhibitions, highlight is the exhibition Fora de Scale – Drawing and Sculpture 1960-1970, at the Electricity Museum, EDP Foundation, Lisbon — considered by the Portuguese Society of Authors as the best national exhibition of 2011 — and, already in 2019 , Shades and Other Colors, at the Arpad Szenes Foundation – Vieira da Silva, in partnership with the Carmona e Costa Foundation and curated by João Pinharanda, held simultaneously with the show Zonas de Sombra, at Giefarte in Lisbon.




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