Ângelo de Sousa

Ângelo de Sousa graduated in Painting at the Academy of Fine Arts of Oporto (ESBAP) in 1955, with a maximum score of 20. With Armando Alves, Jorge Pinheiro and José Rodrigues, was part of the group called “The Four Twenties ".

He was born in Lourenço Marques, Mozambique, in 1938, and lived and worked in Oporto as a teacher at ESBAP.

He exhibited publicly for the first time in 1959 with Almada Negreiros, at the Divulgação Gallery, in Oporto. This event marked the inauguration of a series of exhibitions. He was a grantee of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation and the British Council at the State School of Art and St Martin's School of Art in London in 1967 and 1968. Avant-garde artist, experimentalist and minimal, throughout his career Ângelo de Sousa used different techniques: drawing, painting (refused frames, studying the light and tried different techniques), sculpture, photography, film, video and scenography. In painting, it is common to associate him to Mondrian, despite declaring himself influenced by Expressionism.

His paintings, sculptures and drawings have been the subject of exhibitions throughout the country and are present in major contemporary art museums. He participated in collective exhibitions in Portugal and abroad. Among these, at the XIII São Paulo Biennial, in 1975, where he was awarded, and the Venice Biennale, in 1978. In his work, Ângelo de Sousa also showed a facet of originality in publicity materials. In some of his catalogues you can read texts by Eugénio de Andrade, Fernando Pernes, João Cabral de Mello e Neto, Maria Filomena Molder, João Pinharanda, Rui Mário Gonçalves, Alexandre Melo, and Bernardo Pinto de Almeida. Of his production there are also included drawings in several books by Eugénio de Andrade, Maria Alzira Seixo, Mário Cláudio and Fiama Hasse Pais Brandão.

In recent years, with the architect Eduardo Souto de Moura, represented Portugal at the XI International Exhibition of Architecture, in Venice (2008). Ângelo de Sousa died at the age of 73 in Oporto.