About The Work
Gil Heitor Cortesão’s intricately realistic painting emanates a melancholy stillness, as though abandoned, but not forgotten. One is placed under the impression of observing the quiet setting through a window, and Cortesão cleverly disrupts this illusion, with explorative paint splatters and surface manipulation of his paintings on plexiglas.
Gil Heitor Cortesão
Having studied at FBAUL, Lisbon and Licenciatura em Artes Plasticas, Pintura, Cortesão's largely Europe-based exhibitions display his realistic painting technique of architecture, both interiors and exteriors, which exude a tone of melancholy stillness, as though abandoned, but not forgotten. Cortesão disrupts the illusion with explorative paint splatters and surface manipulation of his paintings on plexiglass. He has exhibited in several institutions including CAM Centro de Arte Moderna and Fundacao Calouste Gulbenkian, and is part of the permanent collections of the ARCO Foundation (Madrid), MUDAM (Luxemburg) and Fundacion Pedro Barrie de la Maza (A Coruna), amongst
Born in 1967 in Lisbon, Portugal Lives and works in Lisbon, Portugal
Carbon 12 was established in 2008, initiating a comprehensive, firmly global, program of institution-grade artists. Internationally active, Carbon 12 continuously introduces and promotes both established and emerging artists to the UAE contemporary art scene, supplementing its 5-6 annual exhibitions with diverse contextual activities including publications and talks that actively engage the public and educational institutions. The playful, organic process that constitutes the creative production of Carbon 12’s artist base is facilitated and mirrored by its location in Al Quoz.