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Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Portuguese Artist Ângelo de Sousa Dies at 73 Years of Age

Studious and introducer of Minimalism in Portugal during the 60's, Ângelo César Cardoso de Sousa was born in the former Lourenço Marques, now Maputo, Mozambique, on February 2, 1938.

In 1955 Ângelo the Sousa travels to Oporto where he enrolls in the School of Fine Arts and graduates with a 20, the maximum grade, leading him to make part of the group entitled «Os Quatro Vintes» (The Four Twenties), together with Armando Alves, Jorge Pinheiro and José Rodrigues.

He held a scholarship from Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation and from the British Council in the Slate School of Art and in the Saint Martin's School of Art during the years of 1967 and 1968.

Having worked and lived in Oporto, he was a teacher in the former Escola Superior de Belas-Artes (Fine Arts School), now Faculdade de Belas-Artes da Universidade do Porto, where he retired as Catedratic Professar in 2000.

Ângelo de Sousa had his first individual exhibition in 1959 in Oporto, in 1975 he was awarded the International Prize of the 13th International Arts Biennial of Sao Paulo and in 2007 he was attributed the Gulbenkian Award in Arts by the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation.
His drawings illustrate the books of renowned authors like Eugénio de Andrade, Maria Alzira Seixo, Mário Cláudio and Fiama Hasse Pais Brandão.

Ângelo de Sousa passed away on March 29, 2011 at his home after a prolonged disease. Photo by Nelson Garrido, in Público newspaper.
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