Manuel Amorim


Amorim’s existential paintings contain symbols that might come straight from dreams. The central figure is an archetypal everyman, which Amorim depicts as a shadowy silhouette. The character is presented as moving solo through the universe. “My paintings are like a fragment of present or past time,” Amorim notes. “They are a diary of meditations. I try to reveal man as an element of the cosmic totality, as a material constellation, directly participating in the cosmic fate.” Amorim, who at 20 left Portugal for France and has lived there since, has a style reminiscent of cave paintings. He uses a shallow depth-of-field, primitive forms, and rough textures.