Antonio's Gallery

Antonio's Gallery

Born in Évora in January 1969, António Almas, has lived since his birth in Vila Viçosa, a land he considers to be his own. From childhood, the taste for drawing had been fueled by innumerable "sketches", whether in study books, white sheets, or even on unknown surfaces, where the marker almost always drew themes connected with ancient mysticism and civilization, with special fascination for Egypt and its pyramids.

Son of a master locksmith and an housewife, he continued his studies up to the 11th year, completing high school, still enrolled in the 12th grade to apply for university, but ended up not finishing it as he felt attracted to the world and in particular the administrative work, where he began in 1987 as a scribe in a marble company. For many years, the drawings have fallen asleep, seeing the young man become an adult, creating descendants, and, around 1999, returns, by the encouragement of friends, to draw, and, this time, to sculpt.

He made several works in charcoal, also creating some sculptures in clay and plaster, offering all the works realized in that period those that had urged him to resume this hobbie.
Another break comes, this one is shorter, until in 2006, it definitely decides to embrace the will to do something more serious in this matter. Life finds him now, still dedicated to being as scribe but already with one foot in the business world, where he has found place to develop another hobbie, computers, with the creation of a computer and telecommunications company, together with a longtime friend.

In mid-2006, he began to create the collection that she named Venus, in honor of the Roman Goddess of Love and Beauty, since the set of paintings approaches the theme of the female nude. This collection counts today with more than 58 paintings dispersed by private collections, from north to south of Portugal and some even abroad. The collection bent over the naked body of Woman, in its various perspectives. For each screen, the author created a small text, an extract of what he "sees" in each of them, the feeling that they transmit to him when he looks at them, when he feels them.

At the end of 2013, after an interregnum at the exhibitions, the author decides to do a face test, with a view to perfecting the technique of drawing one of the most difficult parts of the human body. He gave himself to the creation of several faces, from which he selected 30 works in charcoal on paper, which seek not only the experimentation of technique but, above all, a tribute to Women in their different ethnic groups and races, to the beauty of the feminine, to the sacred and to the profane, this collection having only a masculine face, a face that intends to symbolize the figure of Christ and which reflects the Catholic education of the author.