Elsa Gonçalves, was born on June 12, 1967 in Rendufas, Ribatejana village of the municipality of Torres Novas, Portugal.
He believes that his relationship with the rural environment has reinforced the search for an unknown world that he feels within himself!
Although she had shown some way to draw and paint in 2004, she had the first experience of painting on canvas, first with oil and later with acrylic. It began by nature death but quickly felt the need to discover what was in his soul! Since that date he is dedicated to painting, in his spare time, as a self-taught person.
2018 – LeiriArtes – Mercado Santana Leiria
2017– LeiriArtes – Mercado Santana Leiria, VisiArtes Torres Novas .; BAAG -Best Art & Artist Gallery Lisbon.
2016 – LeiriArtes – Mercado Santana Leiria; Diogo De Sousa Museum, Braga; Mezio with Art, Arcos de Valdevez, V Salão de Arte, Pedrogão Grande
2015 – LeiriArtes – Mercado Santana; Restaurant “The Cabaço” Pego-Abrantes; Municipal Gallery Entroncamento; Premium 15 – 6th International Exhibition of Arts and Letters, Vila Praia de Âncora; Constância Mother Church.
2014 – LeiriArtes – Mercado Santana, Leiria; Praçartes – Fundão; Cultural and Recreational Center of Rendufas; Art in Rua Direita Leiria.
2013 – Entronc’Arte, Entroncamento Municipal Gallery; Renduf’Arte, Cultural and Recreational Center of Rendufas.
2008 – Rainha Santa Isabel Hospital, Torres Novas.
2005 – Rainha Santa Isabel Hospital, Torres Novas
Participation in individual exhibitions
2018 – EntroncArte; Entroncamento ;, Building of the Cais da Vala, Salvaterra de Magos; Nersant Restaurant, Torres Novas.
2017 – EHFátima; Nersant restaurant New towers; Restaurant Barrigas, Golegã,
2016 – Behind the Torres Novas Arts; Gallery of the Sant’Ana Mercado Cultural Center, Leiria; Nersant Restaurant, Torres Novas; Municipal Library Ourém; Muinuicipal Gallery Maria Lucília Moita Alcanena.
2015 – Friendly Talents Art Gallery, Leiria; Alcanena Instructional Center; Caffé Caffé Borba Restaurant; Gallery of Graça, Lisbon; Face Restaurant, Entroncamento, Café Portugal, Torres Novas.
2014 – Cineteatro Rio Maior; Cultural and Recreational Center of Rendufas; Restaurant “The Gourd” Pego-Abrantes ;; Restaurant ” O Lagar ” Brogueira Torres Novas
2013 – Face Restaurant, Entroncamento, Café Portugal, TorresNovas.
2012 – Galeria Municipal, Almeirim.
2011 – Galeria Municipal, Ourém; Feir’Arte, Torres Novas; Café Portugal, Torres Novas.
2010 – Espaço Wiva-Torres Forum, Torres Novas; Café Portugal, Torres Novas.
2009 – Espaço Wiva-Torres Forum, Torres Novas; Cultural Center of Rendufas, Torres Novas.
2008 – Tourism Office, Constância, Santarém; Municipal Gallery, Almeirim; Municipal Gallery, Ourém; Carlos Reis Municipal Museum, Torres Novas; Space Wiva-Torres Forum, Torres Novas.
2007 – Municipal Gallery, Vila Nova da Barquinha, Santarém; Municipal Gallery, Ourém; Rainha Santa Isabel Hospital, Torres Novas.
2006 – Rainha Santa Isabel Hospital, Torres Novas; Municipal Gallery, Almeirim.
Since 2005, he has participated in several collective exhibitions at national level and since 2006 – which holds individual exhibitions. His work is represented in private and public spaces (Hospitals, Galleries and Municipalities, Museums etc …).
From the work of Elsa Gonçalves: When I came across the art of Elsa Gonçalves, those canvases drew my attention to something that aroused in me an enormous empathy, as I had known for a long time. I looked at it and I called it uterine painting. Something like that, could only have been passed on to the screen by a woman, someone of an unusual sensibility, a person of a maternal nature whose work transports us to the remotest memories. The harmony of colors, the curved forms from which flow fluid, not magmatic from the mother earth, but from love and life, from conception to childbirth, without excessive exuberance, in which one can rest one’s gaze and mind, in a permanent ode life. In this wandering of thoughts, came to mind, Rodolfo Passaporte, my teacher, and his manifesto “The curvilinismo”. Presented on 10/7/1988 in Covilhã, as opposed to Cubism, it marked the last phase of this painter’s work, in the figurative aspect. In my view, the work of Elsa Gonçalves, is the sublime representation of this same style, in the abstract aspect. With an unmistakable trait and palette, the artist sometimes carries true self-portraits to her canvases! I conclude the way he finished, Rodolfo Passaporte, his manifesto: THIS IS THE CURVILINISM!
Alberto Santos Alves
Covilhã, November 20, 2015
Elsa … I look at each work of yours, and subtly, I feel at first, an emotion that grows as I move on to the next. Each stroke reveals your passion for life. You carry it to the screen, all the energy that flows through your veins. The core of your soul is discovered, and it is impossible not to feel involved with such good vibrations and sensitivity. Never stop painting! I wish you much success in everything you undertake, for you are a true “Artist”!
Leiria, 6 April 2015
Who, as it has happened to me, to paint side by side with Elsa, is to understand that from his graceful movements on canvas, a world of forms, colors, abstractions absolutely true, bold and alive. In gestures of total dedication, here comes the painting world without hesitation, where Elsa lives, lives and offers the simple look of the soul of how the Artist sees the Art. But the forms are paradoxically complex! Because there is the beauty of its essence, the joviality of its way of being in life, but also the deep thoughts that assail it and make it vibrate. Just like your canvases. We can not aim for another different way of being. This is Elsa Gonçalves. True, colorful, pure!
Artista Plastic, Galerista, Art Critic, (2016)