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Son of the Portuguese painter Manuel D’Assumpcao was born in Lisbon in 1956 and lives now in Guimaraes, north of Portugal. He exhibits regularly since 1989. He is a Fellow of RSA, London. With the artists Adrian Bayreuther, Constantin Severin, Izabella Pavlushko and Olga Dmytrenko constitutes the international group “3rd Paradigm”.He is also a Member of “Portuguese Authors Society”, “International Illustrated Letter Writing Society”, “Artists for Peace” and “Archetypal Expressionism” founded by the art critic and artist Constantin Severin. His paints are showed in several collections such as Bank of Portugal,Cupertino de Miranda’s Foundation, C. M. Barcelos, J.P.F., Pascoaes House, and the poet António Pinheiro Guimaraes Family and other private collections in Portugal and other Countries. He has participated as a member of the Jury in the 2nd and the 3rd Biennale International of Youth Art of “Vila Verde” village. He was selected by the International Jury to participate at the 4th International Biennale of Contemporary Art of Firenze, Italy. He was selected to participate at the “BIRD 2005 International Art Award, Beijing – China, and 1st International Art Biennale of Chapingo, Mexico. Together with Maria Isabel D’Assumpcao, creates modern tapestry in typical Portuguese “Arraiolos” with exclusive designs. AWARDS 2nd Place Award in “BIRD 2005 International Art Award”, Beijing – China. 3rd Place award in the “ art Project: the Light” (2006), Czestochowa, Poland. 1st Place award in the “3th Artperiscope Artwork Competition” (2008), Czestochowa, Poland.

PROFESSIONAL RECOGNITION - “Dictionary of the Portuguese plastic artists” – Adrian Editors - “Plastic Arts – Portugal” – Estar Editors - “Aspects of the Plastic Arts in Portugal – III” – F. Infante do Carmo - “Art – 98” – F. Infante do Carmo - “Who is Who of the Portuguese Artists” – Sol Invictus Publ. - “Anuary of Arts” – Estar Editors - “Arts 2001 – Directory of Arts” – Publicenter - “Magazine of Arts nº 1” - “Embraced Surrealism” – Cupertino de Miranda’s Foundation - “Freedom & Art”, Mirca Art Group, Sweden.


More poet than politician or sociologist, the philosophic Plato, 2500 years ago, saw the world as a reminiscent aspect of an universe of the ideas and forms, the unique consistence of the real. The spirit entity for the existence was the absolute (unlimited) contemplation of the Universe, whose archetypes pure, static and permanent shaped themselves, approachable and free in the dimension with which the intellect organized itself with them in knowledge and harmony. It is in the extent of this myth (legend) of the classic idealism that I feel the "Abstracts" of Alberto D'Assumpcao, whose serenity tell us, as a kind of flowing, the metaphysics of the Universes in peace. This platonic contemplation of the spirit together with the archetypes we can feel and see in these "Abstracts" as a visual projection of the unlimited and at the same time of our humanity. The colour, so typical, as a self-confidence indication of this painter, is established as a thematic evolution in each of his paintings. So, the aesthetics organization of the pictures of this painter D'Assumpcao uses the oneiric combination and fascination that is proper of the contemplative status. Beside we can see associate at the archetypical mite the mechanic's and regulating ordination of the planetary spheres, the genial modernity of Newton. It is the mystery, the geometry, the controlled space. All painting is a printed picture, of things and ideas. Alberto's father, the great painter Manuel D'Assumpcao, said that "pictures are not Painting". We can understand this thinking of the history of the Abstract. All the artists and visionaries give prominence to the common, social, metaphysic dramas of the existence, always feeling the liberty. All forms of Art of the "Abstract" have the universal inexpressive and cosmic of the spirit looking for his own existence. It seems to be happened with Plato, the philosopher, whose friends called "the divine". It seems happened also the same in the paintings of Alberto D'Assumpcao, the classical revival in the "Abstract" of the mite of Felicity.

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  • Lives In:    Portugal
  • Gallery:    Fine Art
  • Represented By:    KontemporaryArt Gallery - Calgary (Canada)