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Amândio Silva

Fotografia de Amândio Silva / Photo of Amândio Silva Amândio Silva
Painter, teacher and plastic artist

Homenagem a Amândio Silva / Tribute to Amândio SilvaBorn in Porto, Amândio José da Silva , natural do Porto, graduated in Painting in the Porto School of Fine Arts with full marks. During the course, he won the 1st prize "Meireles Júnior Award", for Drawing, and the "Rodrigues Soares" Painting Award. He was taught by Acácio Lino and Dordio Gomes and was a founding member of the "Independentes" Group.

In the 50s, he received three scholarships to study painting and tapestry in Paris – awarded by the Spanish Government (1950), the Alliance Française (1954) and the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation (1958).

He was a faculty member at ESBAP between 1958 and 1993, when he retired. At this School, he was appointed Painting teacher in 1962, taught the chairs of "Decorative Painting ", "Painting Technology ", "Complementary Studies of Painting ", "Graphic Arts" and "Tapestry Technology ". he chaired the Scientific Board between 1983 and 1985.

A painter of many styles, from figurative to the neo-realistic style, he was also an expert in graphic arts, having worked as a designer, printer, lithographer, illustrator, cartoonist, tapestry maker, ceramist, set designer, sculptor and photographer.
He designed tapestries for a number of places: the Palaces of Justice of Porto ("Civitas Virginis", in the waiting room of the President of the Court of Appeal’s office), of Lisbon and Lagos; the pousadas of Valença and Bragança; Reid’s Hotel in Funchal, Sheraton Hotel in Porto, and Marinotel in Vilamoura; for the I.T.T. head-office in Brussels, and for the head-office of SONAE, in Porto. He was also the author of the stained-glass windows for the municipality of Fafe, for the chapels of Almas and Carmelitas Descalços, in Porto, for the church of Modelos, in Paços de Ferreira, and for the Suisso Atlântico Hotel in Lisbon. His painting entitled "Ribeira/Porto" is on display in EXPONOR and we can also find oil paintings of the former rectors Ruy Luís Gomes (1974-1975) and Luís António de Oliveira Ramos (1982-1985) in the Council Room of the Rectorate of the University of Porto.

His works were shown at the 4th International Biennial of Coloured Lithography in the Art Museum of Cincinatti (U.S.A.); the Travelling Exhibition of Moren Prints (1956/1957), in a selection of the American Federation of Arts; in the International Print Salon, in the national Gallery of Canada; at the 5th International Biennial of Modern Coloured Lithography, in Ohio, and at the 7th International Print Biennial – Bianco e Nero, in Lugano, Switzerland. He was chosen by the American Art federation to show his work in various American cities. He was also chosen for the 1st International Tapestry Biennial of Lausanne, for the 4th International Print Biennial, in Tokyo and Osaka, and for the International Biennial of S. Paulo, in 1965.
He participated in the plastic works of the show "Dia de Portugal", at the Universal Exhibition of Osaka in 1970, along with Júlio Resende, Ângelo de Sousa and José Rodrigues.

Amândio Silva was the art director of the House-Museum Abel Salazar, in São Mamede de Infesta, Porto, and of the Museum of the Cupertino de Miranda Foundation in Vila Nova de Famalicão.

Homenagem da Árvore a Amândio Silva / Tribute from Árvore to Amândio SilvaHe also dedicated to poetry and helped to promote the life and work of Agostinho da Silva. He collaborated with various associations and communities, such as Sport Club do Porto, the Experimental theatre of Porto, Cineclube of Porto, the Cultural Association Amigos do Porto, the Porto Lions Club and the National Mountaineering Club. He was awarded the National Print Prize "Domingos Sequeira", in 1960.

On 12 May 2006, the Art Cooperative Árvore (Porto), an institution that was part of the tribute Commission to painter C Amândio Silva, inaugurated the exhibition "Amândio Silva 1923-2000", held at the same time in the main office of the cooperative (painting, ceramics, drawing and graphic work) and in the National Museum Soares dos Reis (tapestry). The tribute also included a book edition, a catalogue and a serigraphy of a drawing of the painter.
(Universidade Digital / Gestão de Informação, 2012)

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