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.
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 often intricate, and highly technical, honouring the printmakers of old, who would meticulously translate classical paintings into reproductible imagery through sheer use of a dot-by-dot, line-by-line engraving method. In this fashion he takes a combative stance towards present-day valuation of immediate, sensationalist practices in the art world.
Since 2016 he has begun exhibiting regularly, and has had work shortlisted for several awards, and featured in private collections across Europe, and museums in Portugal, Spain, Poland and France.
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