Mário Belém Solo Show “There’s only one truth: the way out is through the mirror”
After his first exhibition in 2013 called “Mario Who?”, the artist Mário Belém returned a new exhibition, in a “pop-up show” format in Lisbon’s Bairro Alto. The exhibition was the result of 2 years of continuous work, as a muralist and illustrator, of continuous passion, development of painting and a growing fascination of working with wood.
Sadly the 2 previous years before this exhibition were also punctuated by a series of personal losses… mother, grandmother and father. Losses which unavoidably reflect themselves on all the body of work, dominated by deep greys with highlights of color, a lot of color, as a sign of hope.
The never ending fascination with typical portuguese expressions and proverbs that the artist is known for are the common thread through the body of work. This wordplay, alongside with the continuous questioning of the dogmas of humanity, serve as a homage to his father, the artist Victor Belém, from whom he inherited these traits and the one who gave the name to this exhibition before he passed away.