Hilário Teixeira Lopes

Hilário Teixeira Lopes was born in Mirandela in 1932. with ten years old steps up the drawing production which have already begun some time ago, copying all the pictures and images from books and journals that he have access as well as the landscapes of Mirandela, setting them out through shop windows of the village. In 1946, Teixeira Lopes family moved to Lisbon and Hilário is enrolled in the Visual Arts School Antonio Arroyo. At the same time begins to work in the studio of the sculptor João Fragoso, maintaining contact with the artistic life of the times through the many painters and sculptors who frequented the atelier of the master, and attending the impromptu gatherings there. The life of the young painter was now divided between work and Lisbon`s bohemian. On the one hand, he learns the classical draw, on the other hand, learned the technique of ceramic with Fragoso. And painted increasingly orders asserting itself as an eminent portraitist. Let the studio of João Fragoso and strart working with the master of stained glass, Ricardo Leone, learning this art until become the main performer of the workshop. Leone tries to enlist him with future projects and promises of society, but Hilário tires of so much work and responsibility. Continuing his studies, he begans to work in the Ministry of Assistance at part-time. Quickly, his paintings are filling the walls of division. One day, brings an easel, paints and canvas and installed in a corner of the room and from now on he has his studio at work. He lives very differently from the other clerks triggering a mixture of admiration and envy. At the same time, tires of writing and arithmetic in infernal machines, large and clumsy, he leaves the State employment. Shall definitely work only in painting. From now on, he will be master of himself and is only 22. The time elapses and Hilário reacts to artistic trends around him and his sensitivity captures the waves of a new era. Begins to feel the influence of ceramics, sculpture, stained glass and pictures. Then begins a work of deconstruction of its innate quality designer and painter. He works tirelessly to find his paint, his expression, his position in the panorama of Portuguese modern painting. From now on he is an expressionist painter and his work is commented by art critics. Hilário will do nothing more than paiting.