Pedro & Inês

Pedro & Inês

Inside the monumental monastery in Alcobaça rest the sarcophagi of Pedro and Inês, the protagonists of a tragic medieval love story - with a Game of Thrones level of gore and treachery! Pedro, the Crown Prince of Portugal in the 14th century was soon to be married to Constança of Castille. When they first met, Pedro caught a glimpse of one of Constança's maids: Inês de Castro, a Galician noblewoman with ties to the Castillan court, and soon after, they fell in love for each other. Pedro was committed to his marriage with Constança of…Read more
Poland sketches #4 Buildings of Warszawa

Poland sketches #4 Buildings of Warszawa

Excerpt of my text in Diários de Viagem 2 (Travelling journals 2) freely translated from the original Portuguese: "Buildings are perhaps the subject that interests me the least, which kinda collides with my base education as an architect. A silent rule that I keep to myself is: sketch that which bores you until it doesn't bother you anymore! The infamous Palace of Culture and Science was a worthy opponent. It's 237 meters of concrete nemesis that I enjoyed sketching as much as the Warsawians enjoy it being there. I tried to make the…Read more
Poland sketches #3 Warsawians

Poland sketches #3 Warsawians

Warsawa is a grey city, but its denizens not so much. The polka tunes played by Orkiestra z Chmielnej invaded the tunnels under one of the enormous soviet avenues, taking advantage of the crowds of people passing by in all directions. While I expected mostly slavic facial features, the truth is they are as diverse as they come, almost as a testament of the permanently shifting borders of the country. Desired and, at times, abused and invaded by both close and far neighbors along the millenia, Poland, and Warsaw for that matter seems to be in some…Read more
Desenho Cru – Raw sketching

Desenho Cru – Raw sketching

In 2012, Desenho Cru was created as a one-night monthly gathering of artists and performers, in the unusual stage of a gay bar in the heart of Lisboa. It was actually named after the bar. The drill is simple: the performers perform, and the artists sketch them. Creative spirits in both sides of the (imaginary) fence are free to deliver their own art in whatever form they feel is best. Now, the Desenho Cru sessions are held in a small studio in Martim Moniz, another heart of Lisboa - the multi-hearted city. I attended my first Desenho cru in the beginning…Read more
Poland sketches #2 Food in Warszawa

Poland sketches #2 Food in Warszawa

Excerpt of my text in Diários de Viagem 2 (Travelling journals 2) freely translated from the original Portuguese: "Sketching allows for different scales, compositions, assembling of notes and thoughts. And above all, maybe the feature that pleases me the most, it's a pretext to sit and take a breath, watching, interpreting for a while, everything that goes around. Might be a problem while travelling in groups: "Isn't it ready yet?" one might hear eventually, resulting in us being forced to keep on moving with an open sketchbook in our hands, waterwashes still wet (it's a time-consuming…Read more
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