Destrossus - amamede´s sculpture in wood


Sculpture in wood

70 cm

In this sculpture, the artist uses a piece of driftwood sculpted at length by the sea. 

An ancient, ancestral tree trunk which floated on the waves until it felt the summer solstice was favourable. Then, it threw itself onto the sand like a marine animal exposed to the dangers of a spring tide. 

The combination of different forms sculpted in the floating trunk by the force of the sea creates tensions and unexpected contradictions. Saliences and convexities which hold the gaze give rise to a wide variety of perspectives. Shadows and other effects of the light caused by the characteristics of the sculpture itself contrast with its dark core, which still secretes the tears of the sea ......  




amamede (António José Mamede de Albuquerque) was born in Cape Verde in 1943. Formerly of dual nationality, in 1974 he chose Portuguese nationality. A teacher in higher education with a PhD in Medicine, he has been devoted to Painting since 1975.

His work was exhibited for the first time at the “Exposição Artistas de Coimbra” [Coimbra Artists Exhibition] organised in 1988 by the XI Congresso Nacional de Ortopedia [XI National Orthopedics Congress]. An associate of the Movimento Artístico de Coimbra [Coimbra Artistic Movement] from 1988, in 1994 he began collaborating in the teaching of Artistic Anatomy to students of ARCA-ETAC. He was Associate Professor at the Coimbra University College of Arts, where he taught Theoretical Anatomy (1st and 2nd year of the various licentiate’s degrees) until 2008.

He is represented in a number of private collections, mainly belonging to collectors in the Portuguese and Brazilian university environment.

 in Myths of Art - an anthology of contemporary Portuguese painters - Chiado Editora 2009