The Artists

André Sousa - RAR Collection 2018
For today’s painters, the constant reinvention of painting, both at a formal and conceptual level, is not only a heavy legacy, the freedom of "anything goes" also burdens them with a profound sense of responsibility. André Sousa is a post-historical flâneur. Using a rather abusive analogy, in terms of contemporary creativity, it is as if he were the result of the invention of the artist-drone. His perspective is not only that of a stroller who wanders through different paths, avenues, arcades, squares, parks and museums, but also of an entity which flies across space and time, exploring geographies and epochs that attract his interest. For the project "RAR seen by…"André Sousa wanders mentally between the frescoes of Pompeii and Diego Rivera's murals.


José Almeida Pereira - RAR Collection 2017 
José Almeida Pereira proposes a paradox: to overload the image so as to establish an eminently conceptual territory therein. By means of this retinal excess we realize that what determines its quality is precisely related to the demonstration of the "idea of painting", i.e. its conceptual ballast. The science of the power of the image as a performative demonstration of its falsehood, i.e. reiteration of its constitutive artificiality. It is no longer a "window on the world", but rather the passage through deconstructive stages - one of which is its digitisation - that will ultimately be recovered in the saturated final images presented herein.
These final images concern tiny details observed in different places in the RAR Group’s companies that have been mechanically captured (using photography and video) and then processed via computerized image processing programmes. Refraining from direct observation of nature and the machinery represented therein, the diligently applied filter constitutes a core foundation for commenting on the fluctuating states of perception, in particular those traditionally taught in order to understand painting. The discipline of painting expands as a field of the technological possibility of another kind of representation, anchored in a territory of saturated and tense visibility, thereby creating a parallelism with the speed of the images that invade our brains simultaneously. In other words, it is the painting of today that points to the future.

Dalila Gonçalves - RAR Collection 2016 
Framing, choosing, decontextualizing, re-contextualizing, editing, composing, recycling, narrating, fragmenting, serializing;Dalila Gonçalves conjugates various verbs in her works, providing us with a plastic narrative anchored in documental aspects (the photographic series), fiction (the numismatic incursion) and composition (the sculptural series). Her gaze compels us to make an interpretation - in which a sense of strangeness coexists with a sense of deviant reality. This sense of strangeness results from a direct and almost inviolate appropriation of the reality of the industrial materials (remains) that she uses to create her sculptures. And the sense of deviant reality results from the micro-history within history, that reinvents itself through the images of coins and the manner in which the serial character of the photographs conjures up an almost abstraction of nature, constructed as an object of representation.

Miguel Palma - RAR Collection 2015 
Miguel Palma’s response to the challenge of the “RAR seen by…” project is inevitably characterised by the kind of excess that underpins so much of his work: excited by the profusion of images suggested by the visits that he made to the factories and production sites of the RAR Group, he ended up by producing a considerable number of works that both conjure up literal uses of the items and devices found in these places, as well as allegorical visions of strange and playful modes of production that are diagrammatically indicative of desired sustainability indexes.
The numerous works that he produced were subsequently photographed by the photographer Rita Burmester, which enabled the artist to create the final product delivered to the RAR Group: a surprising and impressive artist’s book with drawings superimposed over the said photographs, thus conveying an accurate idea of the extent of the work produced in the meantime. (Miguel von Hafe Pérez)

15 years - Project "RAR seen by...." 
To celebrate 15 years of the "RAR Seen By..." project, the 2014 Annual Report and Accounts revisits the works produced by all invited Artists. To illustrate the project's evolution and to introduce a group of companies established over 50 years ago but yet "comfortable with contemporaneity" was created the new website

Carlos Lobo - RAR Collection 2013 
The photographs of Carlos Lobo demonstrate careful attention to compositional elements, via extremely purified and silent pictures that reveal details which become structural: a single colour, a human presence, a machine or mundane objects. His peculiar capacity for using forms in order to recreate atmospheres that somehow become abstract, underlines a transit between an almost documental status and an aesthetic exploration, which is handled by the artist with extreme rigour. (Marta Moreira de Almeida)

Francisco Queirós - RAR Collection 2012 
The relationships that have been forged by the artists invited for the project "RAR seen by...", has varied substantially in relation to the universe presented to them. The impact of the confrontation with the history of RAR Group has been reflected in a very varied manner. In the case of photography, the response has been more direct and has revealed a neo-documentary tendendy, whereas for other disciplines it has been more open to fiel of conceptual speculation and imagination.
Francisco Queirós works within the second field. Author of a key oeuvre within the context of recent Portuguese art, his videos and installations have delineated a territory in which humour and cruelty intersect in the destructuring of children's narratives or in the construction of strange universes, where visual seduction is imploded by meticulously manipulated deviations of meaning. (Marta Moreira de Andrade)

João Marçal - RAR Collection 2011 
João Marçal regularly makes use of paradigms of modernity and its protagonists in order to recreate works that provide commentaries on the supposed exhaustion of formulae, such as abstraction or minimalism.
In the case of the works on display in this exhibition, this complex dialogue is achieved through the type of language used, primarily abstraction, and through immediate discovery of graphic elements inspired by the visual universe of the various RAR Group companies. (Marta Moreira de Almeida)

Maria Condado - RAR Collection 2010 
Maria Condado?s paintings are characterised by an assumed structuring of the field of vision, where figuration is initially developed on one plane, from which a horizon line opens out to tendentially monochromatic skies, which are texturally rich and intricately worked.
The compositions now on display encapsulate a vision that freely and playfully interacts with the idea of a balanced and sustainable world. (Marta Moreira de Almeida)

Francisco Vidal - RAR Collection 2009 
Francisco Vidal focuses upon RAR?s employees, in an indiscriminate fashion in relation to their importance or status within the company. The wide array of portraits produced in a short, but extremely intense, period of time, conjure up a reality that would not normally be associated to oil painting. The works seem to draw closer to the world of a photographic session, i.e. mechanical capturing of reality. Nonetheless the artist succeeds in capturing the physiognomic complexity of his subjects using such basic and semi-instantaneous devices. (Miguel von Hafe Pérez)

Mafalda Santos - RAR Collection 2008 
We frequently encounter situations in Mafalda Santos' work that conjure up perceptive digressions, wherein the confluence between artistic disciplines and conceptual assumptions finds a unique intersection.
Instead of restricting herself to established forms of expression - such as painting and sculpture - the artist has championed site-specific interventions, where the exhibition space itself becomes the backdrop for more or less ephemeral works. (Miguel von Hafe Pérez)

Carla Filipe - RAR Collection 2007 
Carla Filipe is one of the most singular artists in Portugal's currente artistic panorama. Far removed from conveniente formalism that unashamedly runs through a significant portion of contemporary creation, she has developed an activity anchored in drawing - where her visually and conceptually robust projects are underpinned by various types of reminiscences.
Although Carla Filipe also works directly with three-dimensional works space, her most familiar terrain, as state above, is drawing - which she mixes together with writing in a kind of uninterrupted stream of consciousness. (Miguel von Hafe Pérez)

André Cepeda - RAR Collection 2006 
Invited to propose an original look of the universe of the entrepreneurial group RAR, André Cepeda has given us a look which sculpts shapes and manipulates light in a surgical fashion, redeeming, in his photos, banality from its ephemeral contingency, to make it significant in the flow of the small perceptions of everyday life. (Miguel von Hafe Pérez)
Born in Coimbra in 1976, André Cepeda is represented in several collections in Portugal and Brussels.

Carlos Correia - RAR Collection 2005 
The paintings that Carlos Correia has made of RAR's world in 2005 refer us to a paradoxically undefined point in their configuration. They are images denuded of time, where the conflict between the real and the effectivelly represented is diluted in compositions that intelligently shun the anecdotal to find a strange monumentality in the simple and banal. (Miguel von Hafe Pérez)

João Pedro Vale - RAR Collection 2004 
João Pedro Vale presents us his ?RAR World?. A work that combines two concepts and two times: the self construction process, and the final work. In the process, the artist documents the way in which he makes use of elements taken from RAR Group companies to make buildings, ships and lorries. In the second phase, the construction, the artist crystallizes his vision in models representing urban complexes such as an airport or a sea port. (Miguel von Hafe Pérez)

Filipa César - RAR Collection 2003 
In 2003, it was the turn of Filipa César to scrutinise RAR through her camera, producing specifically for this project a work that was transformed into a video.
The young artist who has prosecuted her career abroad, presented in her work titled RAR Work, a sequence of images of numerous workplaces associated with RAR, in an ?admirable choreography of images and sounds that extract from the plasticity of the movements captured and the meticulous choice of the views, an absolutely incredible power of seduction of the senses". (Miguel von Hafe Pérez).

Arlindo Silva - RAR Collection 2002 
The young artist Arlindo Silva accepted the challenge he was set and created his ?interpretation? of the Group in the 2002 Annual Report in small oil paintings, in a series called ?holding? ? ?... objects that one desires to touch and handle, i.e. to see the persuasive power of managing to create a breach between that which is represented, which could be a miniscule sugar cube or the infinity of a sky crossed by a plane, and its unexpected accomplishment.? (Miguel von Hafe Pérez).

Nuno Cera -RAR Collection 2001 
In 2001 Nuno Cera was the chosen artist ?as part of the group of young artists who have been responsible for transforming photography in Portugal? (Miguel von Hafe Pérez).
Through the pages of the 2001 Annual Report Nuno Cera brings alive fragments of the reality that escapes our day-to-day lives through his images.

Baltazar Torres - RAR Collection 2000 
In 2000 Baltazar Torres ? currently one of Portugal?s most exciting artists ? created a set of works which unites elements taken from the business world, fragments of which were integrated into the Report and Accounts ? some of which are still ongoing projects. (Miguel von Hafe Pérez)

José Maçãs de Carvalho - RAR Collection 1999 
At the start of the Project (1999) José Maçãs de Carvalho created, through the printing of images captured on video, a series of works of an almost abstract dimension, which take us to a world where factors such as the attention to detail, the precision and the thoroughness of RAR, are clearly illustrated. (Miguel von Hafe Pérez)