Portimão inaugurates Saint Silvestre sculpture exhibition

The “Teatro da Vida” exhibition will be on show in Portimão between June 24 and August 27.

Portimão Museum is inaugurating Teatro da Vida (Theatre of Life), a sculpture exhibition by artist António Saint Silvestre, on June 24, at 17:00.

Born in colonialist Africa, Saint Silvestre grew up in Portugal under Salazar’s dictatorship, spent part of his youth during the war in Angola, travelled the world and began to create artistically in Paris. He held his first solo exhibition there in 1987, having participated in collective exhibitions since 1983, displaying his work in several European cities, the United States, and Japan.

A self-taught Baroque artist in the French capital, António Saint Silvestre came into close contact with the art world, where he began to exhibit his first works individually before opening an art gallery, encouraged by friends and admirers. From there, he created a world of tiny, brightly coloured and childish characters who express the pain in the world with seriousness and sadness.


With a deep sense of our existence’s fragility and the current social and political situation, the artist is a perceptive observer of the great theatre of life. He describes a fragile planet by weaving stories and creating characters, thread by thread, among angels, demons and a whole series of children tormented by the sins of the world who denounce the shameful actions of man.

His sculptures and installations offer an acute vision of everyday life, of current situations that are more than they seem, through tiny details that characterise the critical-sarcastic sense of this “contemporary Molière” as some have called him.

But Saint Silvestre goes further, using the intimacy of his heroes to reveal the perverse juggling of contemporary society, bringing each character to life as if writing and producing a well-resolved and entertaining play.


The «Teatro da Vida» exhibition can be visited until August 27 at the following times:

June and July

Tuesday between 14:30 and 18:00.

Wednesday to Sunday from 10:00 to 16:00.


Tuesday between 19:30 and 23:00.

Wednesday to Saturday from 13:00 to 23:00.

Sunday between 15:00 and 23:00.