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Sérgio Martins

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Faculdade de Belas Artes da Universidade de Lisboa, 2013, CREATIVE CAREER MANAGEMENT
escola superior de arte e design, 2013, GRAPHIC ILLUSTRATION technologic specialization
Universidade Católica Portuguesa, 2006, MA

exhibition/performance, digital, photography, conceptual, mixed-media, figurative, abstract, gravure, drypoint, linocut, silkscreen, Illustration

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Sérgio Martins was born in 1980 in Lisbon, where he currently lives. He studied Social and Cultural Communication at Universidade Católica de Lisboa, and subsequently lived and studied in Rome, Italy, furthering his knowledge in the field of Communication and Art at Libera Università Maria Santissima Assunta studying Art History and Contemporary Art History in 2005. He got his MA in Social and Cultural Communication in 2006. He attended Escola superior de Arte e Design, in 2011, where he recieved his technologic specialization in Graphic Illustration and attended the Film, Videogram and Photography program By Ana Sluga.

He continued to further his knowledge and experience by attending the Creative Career Management program at Faculdade de Belas Artes da Universidade de Lisboa, where he also atended the Performance Program by Driewieler Collectief. He has had Solo Shows at Galerias Sotto Mayor in Caldas da Rainha, part of Caldas Late Night 2011; At RABISCUITS 2011, 5th edition Experimental Art Festival in Alcobaça;  At the Youth Center in Caldas da Rainha, part of Caldas Late Night 2010. Sérgio Martins has been in group shows at Escola Superior de Arte e Design, part of the Film, Videogram and Photography program; At IMPLOSÃO - 1st Illustration show at Silos Contentor Criativo in Caldas da Rainha; At ENTRE PÓLOS,  Magnética Magazines 3rd illustration show at Palácio Quintela, Lisboa in  2013.



My work in Illustration is characterized by the deconstruction of the text or theme, and, by the use of the human form charged with sexual content. It communicates a reflexion on the most basic elements of the theme given by the text. It propitiates a subconscious and emotional connection with the text as it expresses a spiritual, inconscious and primary interpretation of the theme.

My strategy is to use colour, many times, composing intimate spaces inhabited by bodies, fragmented by grain and texture. I frequently use photography and videogram with sexual content. I, occasionally use my own image in a more personal, biographical tone. From my perspective, the illustrations message may be complementary or even divergent, in relation to the text, without loosing the symbiosis. In a globalized, ephemeral world, where information is exchanged at dizzying speed, I found in the history of the Abstract and Abstract Expressionism period avail to resort to more basic, primary and inconscious elements such as colour and sex to express a pure, concentrated and essential view of the  theme of the text.

Digitally or analogically, the abstract expression of colour has the first impact. The figures are fractured, cut, altered, painted and, oftentimes,  printed with xylene. These figures are, again, reorganized and materialized as new shapes. Conceptually, more complex and richer in content, they communicate more provocative and effectively. Pieces such as “Entre Pólos” or “Crux”, and, “Inside Looking Out” published by Três Três magazine, show a much broader illustration in terms of content, concept and theme.

The scope of my work may transgress some Illustration dogmas. It doesn't, however, stop communicating the text and with the text, as it grants a critical reflexion on the society overflowing with stimuli and prejudice.


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