The Municipality of Lagoa will host, between November 9th and February 16th, the Painting and Sculpture Exhibition “𝗙𝗿𝗮𝗻𝗰𝗶𝘀𝗰𝗼 𝗕𝗿𝗼𝗻𝘇𝗲: 𝗮 𝗺𝘂𝗹𝗵 𝗲𝗿, 𝗼 𝗺𝗮𝗿 | 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝘄𝗼𝗺𝗮𝗻, 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝘀𝗲𝗮”, in honor of the Ferragus artist Francisco Bronze.
Synopsis: “𝗙𝗿𝗮𝗻𝗰𝗶𝘀𝗰𝗼 𝗕𝗿𝗼𝗻𝘇𝗲: 𝗮 𝗺𝘂𝗹𝗵𝗲𝗿, 𝗼 𝗺𝗮𝗿 | “𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝘄𝗼𝗺𝗮𝗻, 𝘁𝗵𝗲
Painting and sculpture exhibition – tribute to the Ferragudense painter
Francisco Bronze, a painter born in Ferragudo, where he was born on January 19, 1936, is one of the greatest artists that the municipality of Lagoa has ever known, alongside names such as Manuel Gamboa or Patrick Swift, and one of the biggest names in the visual arts in Portugal in the 2nd half of the 20th century. A figurative painter, Bronze is known for his representations of the sea and women.
He worked in Lisbon and Almada, taking up residence in the latter. Family member of fellow artists José Bronze (brother), Manuela Bronze and António Bronze (cousin), he studied at the National Society of Fine Arts, making his debut in the artistic world in 1958. He was part of the “Grupo do Dragão Vermelho” alongside his brother and of other intellectuals of the time.
In 1962, he exhibited for the first time in the Algarve. In 1983, at the invitation of the Municipality of Lagoa, he debuted with a solo exhibition in his municipality. In 1989, he returned to Lagoa as part of the group of artists in the collective “I Annual de Arte Moderna Lagoa 89”, held at Palacete Cor de Rosa. He was a fellow at the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation and, in addition to his extensive activity in painting and sculpture, in the 1960s-70s he produced abundant art criticism.
“𝗙𝗿𝗮𝗻𝗰𝗶𝘀𝗰𝗼 𝗕𝗿𝗼𝗻𝘇𝗲: 𝗮 𝗺𝘂𝗹𝗵𝗲𝗿, 𝗼 𝗺𝗮𝗿 | 𝗲 𝘄𝗼𝗺𝗮𝗻, 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝘀𝗲𝗮” is an exhibition in homage to the Ferragudo painter promoted by the Municipality of Lagoa with the support of the Ferragudo Parish Council. This is an opportunity to get to know or revisit the artist’s legacy, a double exhibition that will display eight dozen works, many of which were created in recent years, and which have feminine and maritime elements as their thematic threads, largely inspired by in childhood memories and in the landscapes of the homeland.
From 𝗲𝗻𝘁𝗿𝗮𝗱𝗮 𝗹𝗶𝘃𝗿𝗲, the exhibition will be on display at the Centro Cultural Convento de São José, in Lagoa, from November 9, 2023 to January 5, 2024, followed by, on January 16, 2024, traveling to Casa do Real Compromisso Maritime de Ferragudo, where it will remain until February 16th.