GUSTAVO FERNANDES — Born in Lisbon, 1964. Lived for 13 years in Canada, in the periods of 1975/1979 and 1981/1989. Attended the Mission Renaissance School of Fine Arts, the Plastic and Graphic Arts programme at Dawson College and the Betty Edwards?s «Drawing from the Artist within» courses, using the method «The Natural way to draw» by Nicolides, in Montreal. In the interim of his two-year stay in Portugal, he works under the guidance of the portrait artist Francisco de Oliveira. His first contacts with the artistic and cultural scenes took place in Montreal, where he had his first exhibitions (Galerie Triolet and La Bourse d'Art). He returns definitely to Portugal in 1989 setting up the bases of the Atelier of Artistic Development — Gallery of the Arches (Oeiras) which he will consolidate in 1992. In 1993 he is co-founder of the Grupo Artitude (with Luis Vieira-Baptista, Magnus de Monserrate and Victor Lages), which breaks up in 1996. His cultural and professional artistic activities in the market have become autonomous and have evolved since then, yet without losing the individual and close contacts that emerged with the most gratifying synergies of the Group. Member of ANAP — National Association of Plastic Artists (AIAP/UNESCO).
He has had a total of more than 180 exhibitions, divided into: 31 individual shows, 25 group shows with and without the Grupo Artitude (19 integrated in activities of the Grupo Artitude between 1993/96) besides participating in more than 125 collective exhibitions from 1983 to 2002.
CONTEMPORARY ART SHOWS OVERSEAS
«Peinture Portugaise à la Veille du XXle Siècle» Brussels — «Mostra di Arti Applicate Contemporanea». «OKA — Objects with Soul», USA, «Journeys in Portugal» — Varese, Milan, «2nd World Water Forum & Ministerial Conference» and «Artists Water, Seven Seas Project», Institute of Social Studies, The Hague — Holland.
COLLECTIONS AND REPRESENTATIONS
A large part of his oeuvre is represented in institutional, public and private collections, in Portugal and scattered in several other countries: Canada, the USA, the Low Countries, Germany, England, France, Italy, Spain Austria, Finland Brazil and Japan.
Grupo Edifer, SA, Zara Portugal, SA Nokia Telecommunications of Portugal, SA, Hotel Marquês de Pombal, IGAI — Government Internal Administration Department, in Lisbon and the Municipalities of Oeiras and Vendas Novas.
Water Museum — E.P.A.L., João Mário Museum, Alenquer.
ART GALLERIES (permanent representations):
Gallery LCR, Sintra, Gallery S. Francisco, Lisbon, Pepper's Gallery, Caldas da Rainha, Gallery of the Casino, Estoril, Gallery Galveias, Lisbon, Art Gallery in the Village, Cascais, Gallery 9arte.com and Gallery Live Art (Helga Sprengler), in Germany.
2nd Prize «Fidelidade» for Young Painters, Lisbon 90.
Electroliber Prize for the best set of works, Sintra, 92