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artists - Carlos Calvet

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Portuguese plastic artist, Carlos Calvet, born in Lisbon in 1928. He graduated in Architecture at the School of Fine Arts of Porto, choosing to work on painting and photography. He devoted himself early on to painting, and we can record the year of 1946 as the beginning of an expression developed slowly preserving a sense of art as a form of personal meditation. Besides painting and photography, Calvet is also interested in cinema and made some short films, one of which with the participation of poet Mario Cesariny. Was first exhibited in 1947 in the 2nd General Exhibition of Fine Arts in the National Society of Fine Arts (Lisbon), works that were beginning to reveal a sense of modernity, marked by the aesthetic Cubism of Braque and valuing the statism of the objects represented: cups, bottles and, above all, boats. In 1948 begin to emerge allegories of time, through the representation of watches. Between 1948 and 1950 made his first trip to Paris. Since then, conscious of his vocation as a painter, Calvet is to be closer to construction, the play of volumes and the ambiguity between the symbolism and natural image. These ambiguities reveals the tendency to petrify all. In some landscapes appear waves and clouds were represented as geometric solids. After a period of lyric abstraction(1963 1964), Calvet confronts spontaneous forms with geometric (1964 1965). With the redefinition of space, returned to the need for figuration objects invented in the very act of execution. First, unsightly stains that bought unusual presence of unidentifiable objects, then became commonplace objects, like screws, buttons, matchbooks, flanked decorativism taste of Pop Art. The year 1966 marks the beginning of synthesis "pop metaphysics" that characterizes all his later work. In painting and photography his process is always experimental: from surrealism to symbolic abstraction through the conceptualism of Pop Art, and always keeping that curiosity about the occult that was one of the paths of Portuguese surrealist movement, a process that develops through this days: constant change of the scenic atmosphere of the composition.