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( Portugal )

Drawing; Fashion; Mixed Media; Painting; Photography; Print; Sculpture




MARTINHO DIAS, (b. 1968) is a visual artist from Portugal.


His work moves itself, above all, in a social and political criticism inside a contemporary reality. He unfolds this reality, which is common to us, in a suggestive, implied way. He privileges patterns of information collecting photographs from the mass media, such as newspapers, magazines or images taken from the television. In an intelligent way, he uses these “models” of his for the accomplishment of pictorial compositions, which are the substratum of the representations of figures and bodies of his painting, faced as an inevitability of the daily life.

“His vision regards the conscience as the element that identifies the human identity. Martinho Dias equates the deconstruction of the several fringes of the reality as we perceive it, in what Debord calls “the integrated spectacular”, and reconfigures them in the plan of the canvas, showing in several levels and in various forms (in the realism of the figures, in the sketch or in the partial erasure) that the apprehension of the outside world will not be possible for us, unless the painting itself is so complex and multiform as the global world.” (Hugo Barata)

The excellent technical control of the work of Martinho Dias skims the irony, the cynicism or the paradox and it transports us beyond the painting itself, to legitimate and different experienced realities, as well as to a world in transit, even if involuntarily.

Gianni Zanieri, 2008


Comments received

  • Great work!!!!! Congratulations!!!!!!
    katrina - 12/20/2011 7:57:47 AM

  • Thank you all :)
    Martinho - 12/20/2011 3:37:20 AM

  • Very strong , I like !
    audibert - 2/5/2010 5:51:11 PM

  • Inégal..., original. J'aime enormément "#9". Jc.
    Tranxene - 2/5/2010 1:21:12 PM

  • Happy New year/
    CurryQ - 1/1/2010 12:30:44 PM

  • hi ,my name is CurryQ from China ,I like your paintings ,I hope I can make friends with you ,Nice to meet you .have a nice day.
    CurryQ - 8/13/2009 1:24:00 PM

  • lo flipo con tu obra, alucinante, enhorabuena
    mfmancera - 8/10/2009 1:45:06 PM

  • Hi Marthino , just checking out your great portfolio .....love your style and adore your talent !!! Bravo !!!
    brigittehintner - 5/16/2009 6:19:42 PM

  • Martinho, gosto do teu trabalho. é espectacular! Principalmente o #3. São as expressões sobretudo. :-)))
    bom trabalho!
    lunagael - 4/5/2009 5:29:20 PM

  • Bonjour Martinho, j'aime beaucoup l'émotion, la force, la symbolique de toutes vos oeuvres. BRAVO!
    AlanB - 4/3/2009 12:45:02 PM

Comments sent

  • Thank you all :)
    Martinho - 12/20/2011 3:37:20 AM

  • Olá Manuel,
    Obrigado pela tua mensagem tão animadora. Isso deixa-me muito lisonjeado, pricipalmente por vir de um artista como tu. Os teus trabalhos levaram-me de imediato para o teu website onde pude admirar o teu excelente trabalho. Gostei muito!!

    Un forte saludo,
    Martinho - 8/11/2009 4:53:52 AM

  • Hi Sony,
    I'm here again...
    In my last message I had included your "scultures"... It was a confusion of mine because the first pictures that I saw when I opened your website was scultures, so I make the association, but this is the page of "The George Sugarman Foundation" when you are represented. Sorry for this understanding. Anyway, you have also an excellent work as a painter. You represents very well the african , in particular, the Nigerian people. As well your technic and compositions so great!

    Martinho - 1/14/2009 12:14:13 AM

  • Very good work! I like very much your compositions and expression!!

    Martinho - 1/12/2009 3:21:56 AM


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