Amaral
Porto, Portugal, 1971. Lives and works in Porto, Portugal.

Carlos Amaral's work's essence is the physical revelation of memory's colour and of how images present themselves compressed, engraved and summarized.
His working process usually comes from a dark matter which fills the canvas in its totality where the artist, through the subtraction of matter, searches for the hidden light. This long exposure of the ink's subtraction and the several confrontations between the dark matter and the canvas' white produces the image's revelation.
The several shades or chromatic gradations of grey and cobalt blue are also a characteristic of Carlos Amaral's work. His works take us to dark states of mind, by representing people in limit situations, awakening a voyeuristic, distant and isolated gaze in the spectator, which leads us to scenarios where time is continuous.
In his themes, the artist touches various fields of knowledge, exploring philosophical, historical, political and social topics, among others. A closer relationship with the environment, the house and the surrounding objects is also part of the work. In his paintings, isolation scenarios and strong psychological density are represented.
The works lead us to experience landscapes or enigmatic expressions that correspond to dramatic representations of the society we are in and where the intensity of those aesthetic feelings are visible or interpretable.
The artists as a creator reflects his ideas in the representations he engenders, through thought and imagination, linking them with his individual and collective life, experienced in pragmatic and semantic contexts.

Solo Exhibitions (selection)
2010
Galeria Quadrado Azul, Porto, Portugal.
Group Exhibitions (selection)
2015
Galeria Quadrado Azul, Porto, Portugal.
2014
Galeria Quadrado Azul, Porto, Portugal.
2012
Galeria Quadrado Azul, Porto, Portugal.
2011
Galeria Quadrado Azul, Porto, Portugal.
The bath, 2015. Oil on canvas. 152 x 130 cm 
I am no longer me, but another that barely just begun, 2011. Oil on wood. 170 x 170 cm 
Untitled, 2016. Oil on canvas. 42 x 52 cm 
Untitled, 2014. Acrylic on canvas. 160 x 200 cm 
Untitled, 2016. Oil on canvas. 100 x 100 cm 
Lake, 2015. Oil on canvas. 200 x 160 cm 
Together, 2015. Oil on canvas. 45 x 63 cm 
United Nations, 2015. Oil on canvas. 56 x 59 cm 
Piano, 2015. Oil on canvas. 90 x 107 cm 
Untitled, 2016. Oil on canvas. 54 x 74,5 cm 
Untitled, 2014. Acrylic on canvas. 76 x 97 cm