The Wild Animals
comprises a selection of paintings on constructions, sculptures, and books from
the famous Portuguese architect, sculptor, and painter Amancio d'Alpoim Miranda
Guedes (Lisbon 1925 - Johannesburg, 2015), known as Pancho Guedes.
Born on the
European continent, Guedes lived with his family in the Portuguese ex-colonies
of São Tomé and Príncipe. Later he studied in Guine, South Africa, and
Mozambique in the capital, Maputo (former Lorenzo Márquez), wherein post-war
years Guedes developed the majority of his work.
Guedes was a prolific architect in
public and private buildings and, throughout the years he developed a style
with strong sculptural volumes and graphic lines, where references from the
European surrealist movement and references to primitive African art converged.
Based on these relations, Guedes builds living fantasies (or utopias), which made
him one of the most singular figures of modern architecture.
One of his
most emblematic works, Prometheus (1951), Casa Dragón (1951), La casa de los ojos (1972), or the
building drawn from his son‘s sketch, El
león que ríe (1958), are still nowadays, examples of a style that aimed to
invert the direction of reason, focusing on the importance of the freedom of
thought, the use of colour, and figuration, with his paintings full of
surrealistic figures, with his humoristic portraits and with a research on wild