José Borges da Fonseca
Bernardo Pinto de Almeida
The first edition of the EDP Foundation Art Grand Prize distinguished the artist Lourdes de Castro, an indisputable name in the matter of Portuguese artists of the second half of the twentieth century.
The exhibition entitled O Grande Herbário das Sombras took place at the Modern Art Centre of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, in Lisbon, between 22 November 2002 and 19 January 2003.
Lourdes Castro was born in 1930, in Funchal. She studied Painting at Lisbon’s School of Fine Arts (1950-1956). Having moved to Paris in 1958, she returned to Madeira island in 1983, where she currently lives. Her work, undertaken since the late 1950s, delves into research about shadow as a dematerialisation and redefinition of an object. One of the founders of the group and magazine KWY, Lourdes Castro has presented her work in countless exhibitions both in Portugal and abroad. Of those, it’s worth mentioning the various she took part at the São Paulo Biennale.