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João Fragoso

Serigrafia de João Fragoso

Technique:  Serigraphy

Dimensions: 45.5 X 34.5 cm

Edition: 150 signed and numbered copies

Reference:  JF0001

RRP: 350 €

About João Fragoso

jFotografia de João Fragoso

1913:  Born on April 27, in Caldas da Rainha, Portugal. He was a sculptor and plastic artist who established himself as one of the most representative figures of Portuguese art in the last decades of the 20th century, mainly in the area of sculpture. 

1933 : He starts attending the Escola Superior de Belas Artes de Lisboa (ESBAL), where he was a disciple of José Simões de Almeida (Sobrinho).

1934 : Participated in the 1st Free Exhibition of Students of the Lisbon School of Fine Arts.

1936 : He attended the Escola Superior de Belas Artes do Porto (ESBAP), where he was the last disciple of Teixeira Lopes.

1940 : Works on the design and decoration of the Camões Room at the Portuguese World Exhibition, having been awarded the degree of Officer of the Military Order of Christ for his work.


1941 : Participated in the XXXVIII edition of the Exhibition of Painting and Drawing, Engraving and Sculpture in Lisbon.

1943 : Defends the thesis of the Higher Sculpture Course, with a high classification of 19 values, presenting a statue of São João de Deus, being awarded for the first time the Rui Gameiro-Maria Helena Prize.

1944 : He received a scholarship from the Institute for High Culture in Spain.

1945 : Exhibits individually for the first time at the Círculo de Belas Artes gallery in

1946 : Participated in the Exposition del Escultor João Fragoso at Circulo de Bellas Artes, Direccion General de Bellas Artes y El Museo Nacional de Arte Moderno, Madrid and in the 10th edition of the SNI Modern Art Exhibition (Palácio Foz, Lisbon).

1947 : Founds the first Studio-School of Ceramics in Lisbon, which operated for 10 years and was the first school devoted to teaching the ceramic arts to operate in Portugal. As vice-president of the National Society of Fine Arts, he modernized its services, creating a course called Drawing Base, which was the first
design working in Portugal.

1954 : Participated in the 2nd Exhibition of the Ceramic Studio-School in Lisbon.

1957 : Participated in the 1st Exhibition of Plastic Arts of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation
held at the National Society of Fine Arts in Lisbon.

1970:  Proposes the sociopolitical movement that became known as Lisbon 70. After working as an associate professor at the Escola Superior de Belas Artes de Lisboa for years, he is appointed professor of Sculpture at that institution, after taking tests public.

196 0: Author of the monument in honor of Álvaro Martins Homem, inaugurated on July 17 in Praça Velha in Angra do Heroísmo and, in 1984, removed and installed in the Avenidas Novas roundabout, where it is located.


1981: Participated in the Exhibition 100 Artists for a Centenary, Painting, Sculpture and Design of the Skira Galleries in Madrid, which included an itinerant tribute to Picasso in the main cities of Spain.

1987: Participated in the 2nd Sculpture and Drawing Biennial of the António Duarte Atelier-Museu, Caldas da Rainha.

1989: Participated in the IV edition of the Exhibition of Caldense Artists, at the José Malhoa Museum, Caldas da Rainha.

2000: Died on December 28.

2005: Participated in the collective exhibition Arte e Poesia, at Centro Português de Serigrafia, Lisbon. He was decorated with several awards and distinctions and received several medals of merit and various tributes, notably: the Ruy Roque Gameiro – Maria Helena Award, with the theme São João de Deus; the National Master Sculpture Award
Manuel Pereira, during the XI Exhibition of Modern Art at SNI; the bronze medal at the International Exhibition in Brussels, Belgium; 

If you enjoyed João Fragoso’ s work, you might also be in Júlio Pomar, Bravo da Mata  and Helena Vieira da Silva’s work.

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