Julião Sarmento

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Julião Sarmento, 2014

Julião Sarmento (born November 4, 1948 in Lisbon ; † May 4, 2021 ibid) was a Portuguese multimedia artist and painter .

life and work

Julião Sarmento was born in Lisbon in 1948 and from 1967 studied painting and architecture at the Escola Superior de Belas Artes de Lisboa , where he obtained a master's degree in 1974 . Between 1974 and 1980 he worked conceptually . He exhibited films, video , sound art , paintings and installations . Julião Sarmento taught in 1997 at the Center for Contemporary Art Kitakyūshū , Japan, in 1998/1999 at the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich and in 2006 led a workshop at the Fundación Marcelino Botín Santander . In 2007 Sarmento was a guest lecturer at theComplutense University of Madrid .

Sarmento was known for paintings with impasto application of paint, for paint worked in layers that was left out or removed where the pictorial elements drawn with pencil or charcoal were left or subsequently applied to the painting. Representations on paper that were glued together also became part of the picture.

“Sarmento tries to take into account all aspects of conscious and unconscious thinking and feeling. The human ability to think in pictures and to combine emotions with pictures is reflected in a special visual language. The area of ​​perception through the senses is implemented in its expressive use of the color material. But Sarmento also knows about the limits that you keep coming up against. "

- Bettina Pauly

The most famous motif in Julião Sarmento's work is a woman in a black dress, a body without a head, which appears in fragments on the paintings and was also exhibited as a three-dimensional, life-size sculpture in all kinds of poses.

Exhibitions (selection)

Solo exhibitions

Group exhibitions


Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Morreu o artista plástico Julião Sarmento (1948-2021). German: "The plastic artist Julião Sarmento died (1948-2021)". In: https://expresso.pt/ . May 4, 2021, accessed May 4, 2021 (Portuguese).
  2. Maria João Veloso: Julião, a Lisbon lad . ( Memento of April 10, 2015 in the Internet Archive ) In: Up magazine, July 1, 2011, accessed on May 6, 2021
  3. Website Julião Sarmento Born and Education accessed on March 4, 2015 (English)
  4. Sean Kelly: Julião Sarmento. In: http://origin.www.skny.com . Sean Kelly Gallery, 475 Tenth Avenue, New York NY 10018, accessed May 4, 2021 .
  5. Christos M. Joachimides, Norman Rosenthal (ed.): Metropolis. international art exhibition Berlin 1991, Martin Gropius Bau. Cantz, ISBN 3-89322-220-0 , p. 311.
  6. Ken Johnson: The Listings; Julião Sarmento: “Some limits of reason”. In: The New York Times. April 15, 2005, accessed April 5, 2015