João Amoêdo Pinto
João Amoêdo Pinto developed his artistic side between 1989 and 1994, when design and advertising challenged him to develop his creativity in a different way.
By 2017 profound changes in his life, coupled with a quest for emotional and spiritual growth, have brought him back to artistic expression.
His work is dictated by his deeper spiritual state. When he looks at his work, be it with anger, detachment, concern, joy or pain, he always does it with surrender. And writing, another expression of the artist, also accompanies the state of his soul.
M is the name of a Woman. The woman who was my mate during the biggest change in my life. M from Major, Major woman. Passion, anger, joy, sadness, union. Break, the sun, the ocean, the storm and the bonanza. The union that surpassed the break. The desire, the promise, the adversity, the communion, the time of all this and then, at last, the right to live. M of her name.
Energy, joy, movement. The anger gives place to calm and then the anger returns, giving place to calm again, while I dance around the canvas.
Bull in the sunset
Search of inner strength in times of great difficulty and anguish. The peace accomplished by a sunset at the beach, even during the two darkest periods of my life. And I don't even have to be there. I just feel it in myself.
Seek for hope
JOÃO AMOÊDO PINTO
Acrylic and plaster on canvas
122 x 152 x 3 cm
Seek for hope in moments of dispair. Is there a light at the end of the tunnel? Adversity takes way life but there is hope. I will overcome what has been upsetting me and I will live again.
To survive, during times of questioning, doubt, uncertainty and abandonment. It’s necessary to survive. Like a drop in the ocean, that making part of the whole, knows that is unique and deserves care. And the drop also knows that it has the required strength to survive and to renovate itself. Perhaps that is why it is easy to abandon it.
Redemption. I search for it unceasingly. The words I didn’t tell, the actions I didn’t commit, the gestures I hadn’t. The good and the bad. The presence and the missing. The release, redemption of this life, redemption of the one to follow. Redemption that brings me the ocean when I dive to forget that I have to sleep. I find it upon a smile, in a gesture, in a word. I find it mostly in a look, in so many looks. Redemption of me.
Blood, energy, life, Bleeding is knowing we area alive, is knowing we are. “Please, bleed for me to know that you are real” says the man while he is dancing around you.
Restlessness, search for quietness during times of misunderstanding, search for understanding during times of deep pain. Abandonment, fear, unhappiness and anger. Serenity, necessary to believe and move forward. Serenity, indispensable to be able to love myself and, above all, to be able to love again.
Se soubesses a força que tens
If we knew the strength you have
You would never let yourself to be ridden. The horse, noble animal I love so much and that has given me so much, so distant but yet present, honest heart, strong soul, a mate in times of glory and defeat, lofty, proud but there for me. Always there for me. There’s no submission, only sharing. It’s perfect when our two minds become one.
Nobility, kindness, perseverance and surrender. The power to believe in us, in others, in something bigger. Intrinsic goodness, I saw it in other people, in the words that they addressed me so often, in the gestures that they had with me. In the middle of the desert, lost, we always have ourselves and the examples we have accepted. The crossing of a desert does not have to be solitary. What we carry in the heart, accompanies us Nobility in those with whom I have learned and continue to learn.
Of the sun and the ocean
All the energy both the sun and the ocean give me, the place where I hide myself in times of pain and where I celebrate happiness. Movement, dynamic, union and heal. It’s what the ocean gives me whenever I dive. The sun brings me the light, makes me feel like dancing, smiling and forgiving.
Hell on earth
Nonconformity, perdition, anger, incomprehension... Hell, present and felt under a scorching heat that does not warm anything, cold, abandonment and discouragement. Hell, felt during these dark days of disbelief and lack of love. Hell present at all times in this place where I am.
Reflection of a deep state of mind. It comes from my blackest thoughts and my will to free myself. Pain absorbed with acceptance and peace, deep pain, misunderstanding, revolt and pain again. Controversy, light and pain. Controversy, pain and calm without anger.
Inner gaze in a moment of anger, abandonment and deep sadness, struggle with an ego that always takes the lead, despair for attitudes we cannot undo and for words we cannot withdraw. Certainty of inner goodness hidden in the strength I need. Certainty of loving, will to fight, to turn away from abandonment. No one will kill me, besides me.
Change, colour, light and movement. New material, new intention, new approach, another dynamic, to which I slowly impose myself, which awakens my curiosity and senses, liberates me and allows me to be myself.