“Portuguese Surrealism in the 21st Century” is a project that aims to celebrate the Surrealism’s transversality understood as awareness in the face of civilization and culture, rejecting conventionalities and diving into the realm of absolute freedom of expression. Far from feeding sterile polemics and meta- perceptive languages, the project exalts the revolutionary and avant-garde aspects of the surrealist imagery, focused on the insight, the discovery, the internal development of the artist and in the importance of the metaphor, symbol and analogy.

As an art movement, Surrealism has its chronological origin perfectly defined in the history of art, in the context of the 20’s of the last century, a period of strong social and political uncertainty, an aspect which has been recurrent in the history of our civilization. Prevailing cultural beliefs in Europe, as well as human vulnerability, were being questioned facing a reality more and more difficult to understand and to accept. Surrealism sought to overcome the conventional and traditional perception of reality, developing an aesthetics based on the value of the Freudian findings about the Unconscious as a complement to the conscious life and the dream’s ability to communicate. It appears, therefore, as awareness, opposing to the conventions with freedom itself, replacing positivism by dreams, the unbelievable, the unusual, because it was felt that man overcomes the limitations of matter in the pursuit of abstract.


About santiagoribeiro

ABOUT SANTIAGO RIBEIRO The Portuguese artist, born in Condeixa-a-Nova and living in Coimbra, has shown his artworks with great regularity in Portugal and in other European countries, including Lisbon, Paris, Belgrade, Madrid, Barcelona, Granada, Moscow , Berlin, Warsaw, Florence, Podgorica, Montenegro, Timisoara in Romania and Dallas in Texas. He is the driving force and the promoter of the international project "Surrealism Now", which started in 2010, organized by the Bissaya Barreto Foundation. Recently, the "Surrealism Now" exhibition was held in Lisbon, as a result of a partnership with artist Victor Lages. Santiago Ribeiro has publicized and promoted his work on the internet, through social networks and blogs, thereby having received numerous invitations to exhibit his art in various parts of the globe."
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