Chess I - amamede´s painting

Chess 1 (xadrês)

Acrylic on canvas


This canvas aims to depict an awakening from a colourful dream, suggesting a multicolour, springtime madness in scattered simple and varied forms, intersected in an almost random fashion by linear elements. The figures evoked are distributed throughout the painted surface, occupying the entire chromatic surface leaving just enough room for the two hypothetical chessboards. This crepuscular evocation of an awakening seeks to create a complex, abstract spatiality in which forms are reinvented, spaces contrasted and reality transfigured.


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


Esta tela pretende figurar o despertar de um sonho colorido, sugerindo uma loucura multicolor, primaveril em formas simples e dissemelhantes que se espalham interceptadas de forma quase aleatória por elementos lineares. As figuras evocadas distribuem-se pela superficie pintada e ocupam todo o espaço cromático deixando apenas algum espaço para dois hipotético tabuleiros de xadrês. Neste evocar crepuscular de um acordar procura-se criar uma espacialidade complexa e abstratizante onde se reinventam formas, contrastam espaços e a realidade se transfigura.


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



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