Julião Sarmento

Galería Marga Paz

The vision of the world that Julião Sarmento shows us in his paintings is shaped by the plurality of causes and contexts of the particular moment in which this Portuguese artist works and lives. Sarmento adopts an openness that allows many different kinds of images to coexist in his work, from his own day-to-day reality to recent and ancient history and prehistory. Reality and fantasy, rational and illusory elements, abstract fields and figurative forms all come together in the same work.

His most recent paintings are multi-panel “collages” that consist of different-size rectangular and square canvases joined together to form larger rectangles, some more than ten feet long. Through this method, Sarmento presents his ambiguously related images simultaneously, in a manner that emphasizes unexpected juxtapositions. The absence of a single coherent order challenges the limited interpretative

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