Impressionism and cork win contest in Santa Maria da Feira

Two murals projects on pop impressionism and corticeira industry won today the contest Urbanidades no Eixo, promoted by the Chamber of Santa Maria da Feira, within the framework of its programming as Capital of the Culture of the Atlantic Axis.

The competition was open to artists, students and self-taught people under the age of 30, and sought proposals for intervention in different public spaces of the county, as well as in their urban furniture.

The competition was attended by 13 Portuguese creators and six foreigners, and now the selection of the jury on the “Corteza” project, which the Spanish Lidia Cao intends to materialize in the Housing Development of Balteiro, and “Impressionism in the Limit”, which the Portuguese Tadeu da Silva conceived for the amphitheater of the Housing Development Xanana Gusmão.

“With the Urbanidades do Eixo, we are opening new paths for the future, and the first is the creation of an urban art circuit in the county, with the artistic practices associated with the discipline and the innumerable opportunities for cultural, tourism and artistic mediation in different communities.” declared the councilor of Culture in the Chamber of Feira, Gil Ferreira.

“The second route is then the one of greater interinstitutional cooperation on the scale of the Euro-region of the Atlantic Axis”, added the mayor.

Of the two projects chosen to assist in this course, Spanish comes from the region of A Coruña, in Galicia, and Portuguese originates even in Santa Maria da Feira.

In the case of Lidia Cao, the artist graduated in Illustration from the Superior School of Art and Design Pablo Picasso, has worked with publishers like Urco and painted with creators such as Nove Noel, Cestola na Cachola, Sabek, Spok, Nin9, Sekone and Sokram .

For the side façade of one of the Balteiro buildings, it chose a “tribute to the cork sector”, as a major economic activity in the Fair and it is proposed to express this recognition by painting a female figure there representing “the power of work done by the women and youth “.

Tadeu da Silva, in turn, began studying at the Soares dos Reis Art School in Porto, and later graduated from the School of Arts and Design of Caldas da Rainha, defining himself today as a “plastic artist, illustrator and ‘cake designer’ “.

With 12 years of experience in the intervention of walls and accumulating works also in areas such as sculpture and digital art, he conceived for the amphitheater of the Xanana Gusmão buildings, in Fiães, an “optical illusion” in which the trait is simplified, in a style “pop art impressionism” of pixelated lines.

Both artists are expected to start September 12 to execute the proposals with which they won the Urbanidades na Eixo, and then a month to complete the respective murals.

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