Galerie Maubert

José Loureiro

Born in 1961. Lives and works in Lisbon.

For more than 30 years, Portuguese painter Jose Loureiro has been working on a series of works, drawings and paintings he himself characterizes using three mysterious names: “bullfinch”, “filament” and “hoop”. “Bullfinch”: seems self-explanatory upon examination the colors and shapes of the small bird that never sets still, and has been surviving the deforestation of the Açores. “Filament” relates to Loureiro’s ambition to paint the instable, the sizzling character of the light, beyond its materialization. “Hoop”, because the shapes he draws are never straight, the circle he sketches are never full. We are in an in between. A shape is in the process of creation, or escape. Isotopic. José Loureiro has exhibited in prestigious institutions such as the Centre Pompidou, the Gulbenkian Foundation, the National Museum of Contemporary Art – Museu do Chiado, Lisbon, the Serralves Museum, Porto… His work is part of important permanent collections like the Centre Pompidou, the Daniel Florence Guerlain Contemporary Art Foundation, the Bernardo Museum, Serralves Museum…