BA in Drawing at the Fine Arts University of Lisbon
Simão Martinez (1993) is a painter and printmaker currently based in Lisbon, Portugal. His work stems from an in-depth observation upon the valley of the Côa river, in northern Portugal. A harsh, isolated, and uninhabitable place, where over 30,000 stone engravings dating back to the Upper Paleolithic period were discovered. As an artist he has expanded that research into new forms of experimental drawing, print and art-making, seeking a bridge between contemporary art and primitive expression.
His work is featured in private collections across Europe, and a few Museums in Portugal.
I aim to create work that promotes wondering, and a prolongued observation. Images that thrive on the measure of time. As an artist I seek communion with those who came before me, from the dawn of visual and abstract communication, the first stone etchings, to the future that will surely follow me. My artworks bleed into the void between abstraction and figuration, they are both, and as such they are neither.
In the 1970's a group of artists strove to create aesthetical experiences, free from the relativity of meaning and self-projection. These artists succeeded, in a way, but in another, they also failed. From the narrative this group successfully deployed, there came an endless stream of meaningless things, copies, that because of their nothingness, could not be disavowed.
My main focus is on creating experiences that do not lock down any specific interpretation, but instead focus on creating a unique relationship with their observer, that evolves and mutates the longer that experience lasts. The observer becomes the creator of something new, something the artist couldn't even dream of. Creating such images is what my work revolves around. Allowing time to guide my hands.