Rigo 96

Galeria Graça Fonseca

The artist Ricardo Gouveia, who was born in 1966 on the island of Madeira, signed all the work he made last year “Rigo 96,” the diminutive “Rigo” recalling names adopted by graffiti artists. Rigo’s recent show staged the intersection of various elements in Portuguese society, which is experiencing powerful contradictions between still-vital traditions and cultural globalization.

Rigo’s work bears the traces of numerous peripheries and displacements, with all of their corresponding contradictions. First, there is the distance between Madeira and Portugal, which is only magnified by the distance between the latter and international artistic centers. Rigo’s move to San Francisco about a decade ago (part of a wave of heavy emigration from Portuguese islands to the US) also foregrounds the situation of the cultural emigrant. In San Francisco, he has worked on paintings and comic-strips, but

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