I am Alvaro Guilherme, born in Angola 28 years ago, currently living between Berlin and Paris. I am a painter in a self educating journey. I challenge myself to make art under any circumstances, places or phases that I find myself in. It is in this artistic exploration where I find my sensation of freedom. 


FEB 04, 2021. PARIS. FRANCE.


Tell us your story, how did you come to painting? Painting came to me since my childhood when I was playing under the sun and designing on the sand. When I was eight, my family and me moved to Portugal and there I found myself connecting more with art and books. That’s when I started walking around always with a notebook in my pocket. When I was 16 I realized that this is what I wanted to do in order to be true to myself.

How would you define your current painting? I would say that my current painting is abstract expressionist with a twist of brut.

Tell us about your style and technique. Any secret that can be told? I get really violent with my works, the process is really physical. I use mixed media: things I find in garbage, recycled furniture, acrylics, oil, whatever may end up in my hands and I can see perspective of creating something new with it.  

How do you usually start your paintings? With a sketch, a draft or is it just an improvisation? As I told you, I used to sketch or note down things for many years. Nowadays, you can still always find a notebook in my pocket but I do not use it as a preparation for my paintings. I just start freely without planning, but images from my notebooks may end up appearing by themselves in the painting.

What are your motivation forces? And the artists who have been and are an influence for you? The most motivational part of it all is being able to create and have the opportunity to show my works. I really appreciate the work of Purvis Young, Nathaniel Mary Quinn and Robert Nava.

What can you tell us about your studio, what kind of place is it? I never had a studio in my life. I create at hostels, motels or rooms I rent, at parks and the street. My goal, though, is to find my space of work soon.

What is art for you? It is a way of surviving, but also my way to feel alive.

Photos by: Alvaro Guilherme | Olivia Walligora | Sofia Bergmann
Instagram. @al_varotg


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