Art, // September 24, 2023
Manuel Luís Galvão Lucas – ARTIST
Interview with the artist Manuel Luís Galvão Lucas —
1. Who are you and what do you do?
I am Manuel Luís Galvão Lucas, and I was born in Coimbra in 1947. I graduated in Architecture at the Lisbon Superior School of Fine Arts in 1974. I have decorated and set up spaces for concerts and choreographies for ballets. I have participated in several national and international exhibitions, as a visual artist (PINTURA). In 1979 at the expo “INTERARTE/ BAHIA/ Brasil. As a teacher in Brazil, I am a University Professor (Faculties of Architecture/Urbanism “UNISINOS” and “PORTUCALENSE”, 1975/98)
In the 90s Portugal, in parallel with my activities as an architect/urban planner with a vast body of work, I dedicated myself exclusively to teaching in Higher Education (1986/2012) Painting and Poetry to the present day. My activities cover the fields of painting, sculpture, scenography, and poetry.
2. Why art?
But,… Why do I expose myself? I walked along the streets, saw the benches, the lamps, the crazy traffic, the stress of passers-by, and my attention was drawn to everything but, nevertheless, the inertia of thought and rest of the whole body was greater than anything else; Incapable of reacting and simply seeing, listening, listening to the stories that everything and everyone has to tell and sharing in the peace of complicity of living I STOP! I RETHINKED MYSELF… I no longer follow or wander and notice, even if others don’t notice, I took refuge in Art, which had the value of leading me to tell my stories, my fears, my anguish, my desires, even those most intimate and perverse. I don’t know if I’m an artist, but it’s excusable for me to tell on canvas, in Poetry, and look for truth, and now with the awareness of the work done, the abundance of work obtained ( … I’m a dreamer ). I decided to stop in time, open my doors, my windows, my discoveries, make you stop and share, submit, in the complicity of friendship to all of you, my work and you say that I found my way of enjoying art. In the world of CONTEMPORARY ART NEA, without leaving other styles, with some notes even if fleeting. In this way, we will exchange our stories and listen to each other.
3. What is your first memory of wanting to be an artist?
Art has always had an important influence on my life. The desire to pick up paints, brushes, and pencils and make sculptural compositions comes from an early age. As a child, I saw how famous painters painted with oil paint, and influenced me. One day when I was 8 years old, I drew an old woman with a baby on her sunburned skin and painted it in gouache. My Father was excited and for Christmas, he gave me a case of oil paints, an easel, and a canvas and had me reproduce my gouache in oil work so I started painting little pictures and fabrics with wildflowers and drawing and painting the watercolor, I just loved it. I entered a children’s and youth art contest in which I was awarded. Thus began my journey through art and I knew it was what I wanted most. Architecture was the fulfillment of my dream.
4. What are your favorite subjects and “media”?
I like to meet nature. It’s something that fascinates me. The strong structure of the forces of nature has always been a huge influence on my formal structuralist thinking and on painting, poetry, and architecture Fruits, flowers, crockery, glassware, pieces of furniture, etc., with their harmonic compositions are essential components in my work. Digital art is my favorite “media”. With it, I can create the textures, the various mixtures of colors, and the brush slide, something I can’t do with ink.
5. How do you work and approach your subject?
The spontaneity of creative imagination is my working process. It’s the positive or negative reflection of the outputs received through day-to-day living, so ideas and images arise in my heart that I have to pass outside of myself and make known what’s in my Soul. In this way, the works appear in their corresponding (own) color palettes. The image and/or texts appear spontaneously on their supports…but for me, the work is never ready, it is always evolving and open to the public eye…. I’m spontaneous and very sudden… and the artistic styles I paint vary depending on the theme.
6. What are your works of art?
My work addresses various themes, in addition to architecture, landscaping, and still life, it covers the various pictorial styles and techniques that I discovered when teaching art in education, including abstract art. It also passes through scenography, interior architecture, and finally poetry.
7. What are the best reactions you’ve had to your work?
The invitation to exhibitions and poetry collections, the appreciation of my work, and the acquisition of my works at national and foreign levels are the great response. Those who have followed me since the first exhibition and book of poetry say that they see the evolution and domination of pictorial techniques as poetic. The positive comments, the “pride” they show when exhibiting my work, criticizing and encouraging me to continue, are very important and have great value in the progress of my work.
8. What do you like about your job?
I like to expose my feelings of sadness and joy, anger and love in soft and strong colors, with their lights and shadows, in perspective and with the depth of composition to “feel” everything I’m creating, it’s a secret dialogue between me, painting and poetry
9. What advice would you give to other artists?
Don’t be afraid to make new experiences, letting creativity speak louder. Develop some area that gives you pleasure, even if you need to get out of your “comfort zone.”
10. How can you see into the future (5 to 10 years)?
I see myself in “continuous growth” with more willingness to translate my feelings into the visual arts and poetry, combining these two manifestations of human sensitivity Continue to have opportunities to hold more exhibitions, individual and collective, as well as to participate in more Collections of Poetry and continue to publish my poetry books, in Portugal and abroad. Create and continue to enjoy art to the delight of my supporters, friends, and not just my artistic page.
Manuel Luís Galvão Lucas
Olivia Rodrigues daCosta