Asking questions through his art - Samuel Santos, young Portuguese and and a thoughtful artist.
Updated: Mar 3
In the beginning, I was very interested in Surrealism, but recently, I have been working more on ... more in the style of Realism, I am more interested in Realism now than I was in Surrealism before… I don't know ... maybe because of my age. I am more interested in what is real than what is imaginary.
So, I started as a child, drawing and painting several things that interested me at the time, like still life, portraits I started to draw from a young age, mainly portraits, still life, landscapes, things like that... then later, around the age of 15, I discovered painting, I discovered Salvador Dalí, Surrealism, which interested me a lot, and I started to paint from there.
Samuel: Artists that inspire me are obviously [Diego] Velázquez, the great classics above all: 17th century, Rembrandt, [Johannes] Vermeer, all these ... also the 19th century too, because I think it was the best time, in terms of painting. Impressionist artists also interest me a lot like [Antonio] Mancini, [Joaquin] Sorolla ... all of them.
Samuel: I spend my whole day painting, it's the only thing I do, that I like to do. In my spare time I am studying art, and that's basically it.
He has participated in several painting exhibitions, copmetitions, book illustration and projects for the rehabilitation of urban spaces (street art).
Veronika Zhezhovska 17.12.2020