Alberto Carneiro

Exhibition view, "A Natureza em Movimento", Museu International Escultura Contemporânea, Santo Tirso, 2021. (photo: Miguel Ângelo Ferreira)

Exhibition view, "A Natureza em Movimento", Museu International Escultura Contemporânea, Santo Tirso, 2021. (photo: Miguel Ângelo Ferreira)

Exhibition view, Alberto Carneiro Arte Centre, Santo Thyrso Factory, 2021. (photo: Miguel Ângelo Ferreira)

Exhibition view, Alberto Carneiro Arte Centre, Santo Thyrso Factory, 2021. (photo: Miguel Ângelo Ferreira)

Exhibition view, "Os caminhos do corpo", 3+1 Arte Contemporânea, Lisbon, 2021. (photo: Bruno Lopes)

Exhibition view, "Os caminhos do corpo", 3+1 Arte Contemporânea, Lisbon, 2021. (photo: Bruno Lopes)

Exhibition view, "Os caminhos do corpo", 3+1 Arte Contemporânea, Lisbon, 2021. (photo: Bruno Lopes)

Exhibition view, "Os caminhos do corpo", 3+1 Arte Contemporânea, Lisbon, 2021. (photo: Bruno Lopes)

Exhibition view, group exhibition, "Topografias Rurais", Galeria Quadrum/ Galerias Municipais, Lisbon, 2019. (photo: Guillaume Vieira)

Exhibition view, group exhibition, "Topografias Rurais", Galeria Quadrum/ Galerias Municipais, Lisbon, 2019. (photo: Guillaume Vieira)

Exhibition view, "Alberto Carneiro: Esculturas e Desenhos - 1963 – 2015", Fábrica de Santo Thyrso, Santo Tirso, 2015. (photo: José Rocha)

Exhibition view, "Alberto Carneiro: Esculturas e Desenhos - 1963 – 2015", Fábrica de Santo Thyrso, Santo Tirso, 2015. (photo: José Rocha)

Exhibition view, "Alberto Carneiro: Árvores, Flores e Frutos do meu Jardim", Fundação Carmona e Costa, Lisbon, 2015. (photo: courtesy of Fundação Carmona e Costa)

Exhibition view, "Alberto Carneiro: Árvores, Flores e Frutos do meu Jardim", Fundação Carmona e Costa, Lisbon, 2015. (photo: courtesy of Fundação Carmona e Costa)

Exhibition view, "Alberto Carneiro: Arte Vida/Vida Arte: Revelações de Energias e Movimentos da Matéria", Fundação de Serralves, Oporto, 2013. (photo: Filipe Braga)

Exhibition view, "Alberto Carneiro: Arte Vida/Vida Arte: Revelações de Energias e Movimentos da Matéria", Fundação de Serralves, Oporto, 2013. (photo: Filipe Braga)

Alberto Carneiro (Coronado, 1937 – Porto, 2017) was a prominent Portuguese sculpture and one of the most awarded artists of his generation. He studied Sculpture at Escola Superior de Belas Artes do Porto and Saint Martin’s School of Art (London), after training for eleven years at traditional oficinas de santeiro in his hometown of Coronado. His work was instrumental to the contemporisation of Portuguese sculpture and its emancipation from the kind of decorative statuary so dear to the Portuguese totalitarian regime (1926-1974), in a shift towards the conceptual, performative and experimental from the 1960s onwards. Sculpture, installation, photography and drawing were the means used to explore a thematic and visual language based on the relationship between the body and natural elements. This resulted in a markedly original body of work notable for its questioning of the landscape, nature and how humans relate to the world. His educational career also influenced various generations of artists and architects. He taught in the Sculpture course at ESBAP (1971-1976), the Architecture course at FAUP (1970-1999), and was responsible for the artistic and educational counselling at Círculo de Artes Plásticas, an autonomous body from the Universidade de Coimbra (1972-1985). Among his many distinctions he was awarded the Prémio Nacional de Escultura (1968), the Prémio Nacional de Artes Plásticas (1985) and conferred the medal of Grand Officer in the Order of Prince Henry (Ordem do Infante D. Henrique) in 1994. He founded the Museu Internacional de Escultura Contemporânea in Santo Tirso and the Parque Internacional de Escultura Contemporânea in Vila de Carrazeda de Ansiães (2002-2009). Highlighted retrospectives include: Centro de Arte Contemporânea de Bragança (2012); Fundação Beulas, Huesca (2006); Museu de Arte Contemporânea do Funchal (2003); Centro Galego de Arte Contemporânea, Santiago de Compostela (2001); Fundação de Serralves, Oporto (1991); Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian, Lisbon (1991); CAC do Museu Soares dos Reis, Oporto (1976). He represented Portugal in La Biennale Paris (1969), the Venice Biennale (1976) and the São Paulo Biennale (1977). His public sculptures are in Portugal, Slovenia, England, Ireland, South Korea, Equador, Taiwan, Andorra, Spain and Chile. Significant national public collections include: Fundação de Serralves; Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian; MNAC – Museu do Chiado; Coleção Berardo; Caixa Geral de Depósitos – Fundação Culturgest; Coleção de Arte Contemporânea do Estado; e Casa da Cerca – Centro de Arte Contemporânea. Highlighted international collections: Museo Vostell Malpartida (Malpartida de Cáceres, Spain); Centro Galego de Arte Contemporánea (Santiago de Compostela, Spain); and Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation (Los Angeles, USA).

Selected works

Murmúrios da floresta, 2004, Walnut wood, 50 x 260 x 50 cm

Murmúrios da floresta, 2004, Walnut wood, 50 x 260 x 50 cm

Coluna com fim: 1 para 7 para 9, Mahogany wood, 260 x 35 x 38 cm

Coluna com fim: 1 para 7 para 9, Mahogany wood, 260 x 35 x 38 cm

Meu corpo planta 3, 2005, Chestnut wood, 143 x 15 x 25 cm

Meu corpo planta 3, 2005, Chestnut wood, 143 x 15 x 25 cm

Trajecto dum corpo, 1976-1977, Silver Gelatin print photographic proofs in black & white and colour on cardstock, 48 elements, 185 x 262,5 cm, Edition 1 of 2

Trajecto dum corpo, 1976-1977, Silver Gelatin print photographic proofs in black & white and colour on cardstock, 48 elements, 185 x 262,5 cm, Edition 1 of 2

Os caminhos da água e do corpo sobre a terra, 2002-2003, Gelatin silver print photographic proofs in black and white, mirror and marker, 22 elements, 18,5 x 259,5 cm, Unique Edition
(photo: Bruno Lopes)

Os caminhos da água e do corpo sobre a terra, 2002-2003, Gelatin silver print photographic proofs in black and white, mirror and marker, 22 elements, 18,5 x 259,5 cm, Unique Edition
(photo: Bruno Lopes)

Os caminhos da água e do corpo sobre a terra. Linha do olhar: do corpo sobre a paisagem (série C), 2002-2003, Graphite on Fabriano and tracing papers, with overlay of tracing paper,
15 x 50 cm (each drawing) / 18,5 x 749 cm (total)

Os caminhos da água e do corpo sobre a terra. Linha do olhar: do corpo sobre a paisagem (série C), 2002-2003, Graphite on Fabriano and tracing papers, with overlay of tracing paper,
15 x 50 cm (each drawing) / 18,5 x 749 cm (total)

Exhibitions

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