Arlindo Pintomeira

Arlindo Pintomeira

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  Artist: Arlindo Pintomeira
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Pintomeira was born in Deocriste, Viana do Castelo - Portugal In 1965 he finishes his high school studies, abandons his education in architecture and joins in one of the worlds that most fascinated him: the Painting. In 1966 he holds his first exhibition in the existing gallery Divulgação, in Viana do Castelo. In 1967 he goes to Lisbon and attends a collective atelier in Mouraria, where he finds the surrealist painter Raul Perez. Later on, he lives with Mario Casariny, Cruzeiro Seixas and others belonging to the Portuguese surrealist movement. In 1972, and after a short stay in Africa, he leaves to Paris in the company of the Dutch painter and model Marijke de Hartog, who he knows in Portugal and with whom he marries in 1976, in Amsterdam. Both domiciled in Dutch capital. Once aborted the possibility of inscription on the Nederlandse Filmacademie (Dutch Film Academy), which first took him to leave Portugal, Pintomeira attends in 1978-1979 the CREA (Studentencentrum van de Universiteit van Amsterdam) where he studies painting and film. After a few exhibitions in the Netherlands, he holds in 1978 his first exhibition in Paris at the Galerie Entremonde. In that same year, he participates in the Salon Metamorphoses in homage to the Belgian surrealist painter René Magritte, held at the Grand Palais of Paris. With this participation, he decides to put an end to his surrealist period. About this surrealist journey (1967-1978), Luis Chaves, an art historian, writes in the catalogue of a retrospective held in 2005 at the Municipal Museum of Viana do Castelo: "We fall back until the seventies of the twentieth century to get in contact with his passage through the surrealism. We found his living with Cesariny, Raul Perez and others linked to this movement, during his stay in Lisbon (1967-1971). However, it will be in Paris and later in Amsterdam, that all the conventions and prejudices come apart to make way for a free expression of all rational and moral concern resulting from the idea introduced by André Breton: the psychic automatism." During the decade of 80, in his atelier in Amsterdam, Pintomeira receives various influences, the most striking one being the group CoBrA (aggregation of initial letters of the cities of Copenhagen, Brussels and Amsterdam) in which are included great names such as Karel Appel, Corneille and Asger Jorn, Lucebert. Some influences of that movement, as the thick textures, auto design, bright colors and primary in complementary combinations, and yet the simple and debugged motifs, some links to surrealism and primitive art, accompanied the artist for much of his work. In the decade of 90 he starts a stage of stylization and debugging of the figure, which consists of the constant exercise and experimentation around the contour, making it predominant through its enlargement, extension and multiplication. Donald Meyer, writer and art critic, writes in the book "Contours". "Contours" edited by Appelbloesem Pers de Amsterdam:"the writing stroke is deeply personal and invites the viewer to scroll through all those outlines giving them the possibility to admire the picture or object in the comfort of the amphitheatre suburbs. The precision, almost mathematical of all those lines and contours, accentuates a concern in seeking harmony that smooth a more rational or dramatic observation from the memory. However, this precision in searching of balance does not mean austerity or imprisonment of the lyrical. ... This linear exuberance, these thick strokes that intersect and interconnect, lead to new areas and offer movement and rhythm to a static representation or inspire a sense of dynamism and excitement to a debugged figure". During the decade of the nineties, Pintomeira presents its work in several solo exhibitions and participates in other collective ones. In 1999 Pintomeira leaves Amsterdam and returns to Portugal, settling in his family home in Deocriste, Viana do Castelo. The work he performs in his new atelier in the North of the country gives rise to a wide range of figurative works, still with th