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"Dialogues with Engravings: Angela Costa, Guilhrme Cardoso, Liliana Almeida, Margarida Ransy and Marina dos Santos"
2005-03-03 until 2005-03-31
Galeria do Teatro Municipal Baltazar Nunes
Funchal, , ES Spain

For the month of March the Galeria do Teatro Municipal Baltazar Nunes in Funchal, Madeira presents "Dialogues with Engravings" and exhibition of works by Angela Costa, Guilhrme Cardoso, Liliana Almeida, Margarida Ransy and Marina dos Santos. The five artists work in the same engraving studio and have become familiar with each other over time. They met by chance creating works using the same equipment in the atelier and accordingly their disponibilities, some more assiduously than others, all have the same enthusiasm the same persistency and perseverence. What could these artists have in common? That engraving is finicky. With engraving being so difficult, what drives these artist to continue working in a process that is ruled by uncertainities, by risk, by the surprises of each new phase of each work. The results are not always pre-visible, some times the results are horrible, but most times the variables produce pleasant surprises. Is that what motivates these artist to continue creating using engraving?

Each of the artists exhibiting have their preferences, their tendencies, their obstinacies, their materials of predilection. Each has their own personal quest, search, insistancies and hesitations. Each wants always do the best work possible.

Angela Costa was born in Funchal and earned a degree in Painting from ESBAL. Costa was a teacher of visual arts education from 1976 to 2000. She has participated in exhibitions since 1978 in Funchal, Lisbon, Oporto, Évora and Brussels. Her Calcography engraving works are prints with Aqua Tints.

Guilherme Cardoso was born in Huambo, Angola and received a degree in Agronomy. He began engraving in 1960 with Austrian, Hans Steiner. His first exhibition was in 1999, and since then has participated in several international exhibitions in Portugal (Alijó, Amadora, Barreiro, Cerveira, Évora, Gondomar ) and abroad (Badajoz, Cluj, Ferrol, Ilhabela, Kanagawa, Koshi, Portland, Seul, Sofia , Taipé). The present exhibited works utilize several techniques on metal and on linoleum. View more of Guilherme Cardoso's works using other engraving techniques at absolutearts.com where he has been a Premiere Portoflio Member since 2002. www.absolutearts.com/portfolios/g/guicardoso/

Liliana Almeida was born in Curitiba, Brazil. She received a degree in literature in Paris 1994 and worked in several countries before settling in Portugal. In Lisbon she has published texts about Francisco da Holanda, a Lusitania Liberata, The gardens of Fronteira Palace and their tiles. Since 1996 Liliana Almeida teaches at the Universidade Independente and began engraving in 1990 after following a course with Julio Cruz. She has participated in several group exhibitions - after experimenting with techniques on metal then on linoleum.Six of these works are here exhibited, three of them using simple forms (circle, square, elipsis, etc ), playing with colors and superimposing contrasting colors, putting aside a similar matrix.

Margarida Ransy was born in Lourenço Marques, Mozambique and received a degree in Painting froim the ESBAL. She studied engravings with Hogan and Alice Jorge at The Cooperative of the Portuguese engravors. Ransy studied also with Teixeira Lopes and Matilde Marçal and serigraphy with Irene Ribeiro. She is currently a teacher of visual arts at the secondary school level. Margarida Ransy has participated in several festivals for engravings and biennials. She is represented in several particular collections in Portugal and abroad. She uses the techniques of Acqua forte and Acqua tinta as well as Tecnica Mixta to produce different textures.

Marina dos Santos was born in Lisbon in 1950. She earned a degree in Painting from the ESBAL. Her artistic activities are both as Painter and as Engravor. dos Santos has participated in dozens of exhibitions in Portugal, Spain, France, Belgium, Holland, Germany, Sweden, Macedonia, Japan, Brazil, Cuba, Chile. She has received prizes and distinctions such as Edition Prize - IV Bienal Gravura 92. Marina dos Santos is founder of the Group 'Artever', Associação de Artes Plásticas and AGA- Associação de Gravura da Amadora. She is currently a teacher of visual arts at the Secondary School of Amadora. At present she is directing beginning level courses on the Engraving techniques. dos Santos works in direct processes such as Dry Point, mezzotint with a spiked rocker (berceau) to engrave copper. IN a few of her works she utilizes Acqua Forte.

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