Álvaro Guilherme was born in Angola in 1992.
At the age of eight he arrived in Portugal. Since the age of twenty, he has full-time dedicated himself to painting, using all possible materials and mediums to express himself, basically, everything he can get his hands on.
Álvaro, who also signs as Al Varo, or simply Al, seeks in the total freedom of the creative act, the driving force that pulls his painting towards a raw, free, but also tender and meticulous expression.
An expression that many try to categorize as Outsider or Brute, but which does not allow itself to be confined within these labels; it rather gains strength in the absence of labels and, precisely for that reason, finds in freedom the essence to be born, to assert itself and, at the same time, to self-reflect while observing the external setting.
In Álvaro Guilherme’s painting, there are no comfort zones.
//Text: Rui Pinheiro //Translation: Georgia Pavli