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Ricardo Machado

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Azores, Portugal

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Azores, Portugal


art school Ar.Co (Lisbon, Portugal), 2006, bachelor
Academia das Artes dos Açores (Azores, Portugal), 1997, drawing course

modern, mixed-media, figurative, abstract, fine art, modern art, carve, carving, hand-carved, carver, carved, scrimshaw, craft in contemporary art, original art, original artwork, original painting, unique art, expressive art


After developed scrimshaw on whale's teeth the scrimshaw became a passion and an addiction, but due to an ecologist option and in order to conserve wildlife I changed and started to recreate this craft technique in the field of plastic arts using different materials (scrimshaw on canvas or wood). The canvas is prepared with quality plaster and then the surface is carved and finished with black india ink or/and watercolor. I also use a distinct and expressive technique and due to inks used and paint with the canvas on the easel the inks oozes by the canvas. This is my way to maintain this rare craft technique alive.

It is a long and meticulous work and each artwork can take around a month to be completed.

Artist Bio:
Portuguese emerging artist. Presents the "Azorean Scrimshaw" project at the Artexpo New York 2013 (U.S.A.).
He participates in solo and group exhibitions since 2005, amongst his solo shows we can call attention to: “O nosso lado animal” at the Academia das Artes dos Açores (2012).
He is pioneer in recreating the scrimshaw in the field of plastic arts. 
Finalist in the international art competition "FLORENCE SHANGHAI PRIZE 2013", "See | Me Launch Competion" and selected to join the displays "LABJOVEM 3ª Edition". 
His work is present in the private collection of Bartolomeu Cid dos Santos. 

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