Abstract August at Arte Algarve

Arte Algarve gallery in Lagoa is presenting a solo show of the work of Algarvian painter Carlos Gervásio. Doors open on Saturday, August 17 at 7pm.

Gervásio has been painting and exhibiting since the age of 19 and has had solo and collective shows throughout Portugal and Europe.

To a great extent self-taught, and these days largely abstract, he used to be very much attached to the former Centro Cultural de São Lourenço in Almancil. This wonderful space for the arts closed recently – thus Arte Algarve’s new involvement.

But what do we know about this Monchique-born and based painter? His former exhibitors made much of his “difficult path”, “driven by a profound unease and the desire to discover and reveal new horizons”.

We asked him some questions – one of which was “what are you trying to communicate in your latest paintings?”

Here is his answer: “I am trying to transmit what I feel. I like to say that I start from chaos and confusion and organise myself towards the simplicity of form through painted brushstrokes… In the end, the hardest thing is keeping it simple.”

Certainly, an exhibition to enjoy; to meet like-minded people and to discover, with any luck, new horizons! Natasha Donn