Traffic lights - amamede´s painting

Traffic lights (semáforos)

Mixed media on canvas



 If there is a place where surrealism and imagination naturally combine, it is the traffic lights on the pavements of our cities.

This piece is dominated by red circles, a colour which in nature is a signal for warning, alarm or danger. Red (blood is the laughter of Mars) is also a colour used by many animals to scare off their enemies. This colour has the same meaning for humans in the traffic lights of our cities. Less numerous green circles announce their opposition to the red ones. Bright oranges and discreet blues mitigate the background, bringing chromatic balance to the painting.


Se há um lugar onde o surrealismo e a imaginação se conjugam de forma natural é o conjunto de sinais de trânsito das passadeiras das nossasa cidades.

Neste trabalho preponderam os círculos vermelhos, cor que representa, na natureza, sinal de aviso, alarme ou perigo. O vermelho (o sangue é o riso de Marte) é também a cor da qual se servem muitos animais para afugentar os seus inimigos. Tal cor tem o mesmo significado para os humanos nos semáforos das nossas cidades. Circulos verdes menos numerosos anunciam a sua oposição ao vermelho. Amarelos vivos e azuis discretos mitigam o fundo tentando equilibrar o balanço cromático da tela.


Esta tela pode ser adquirida na Galeria da Albuquerque e Lima.


This canvas is contained in the catalogue of the Albuquerque e Lima Gallery, where it is available for purchase.


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