Paulo Robalo Painter positiones himself as an attentive observer, a painter of Western culture, who with a redoubled seduction seeks in a process of research and formal experimentation, to register very specific moments from other cultures. Starting always from another point of view, he seeks in the expression of other cultures for the translations that are familiar to him and that refer to spaces that he inevitably identifies - the area of scenic representation and the installation.
In canvas or papers of various sizes, he uses mixed media where the encaustic is predominant. The basic ingredient is the beeswax, melted hot with natural pigments for strong color contrasts. The drawing, always present, delimits the composition overlying a background of rich materials; resins, shellac, stone dust or bitumens.
The human condition, based on doubt, anxiety, conflict, and the glorification of life and the celebration of death, are a related script to my painting project. Thus, it is upon this complex and contradictory background that I try to create and tell stories of decisive moments of life, representing the body/space and the memories of past and, in a subliminal way, future lives. This human figure deployed in an imaginary space of representation, and painted from a recipe made up of a wide range of materials, a mix that confronts the transparencies of encaustic glazes with the opacity and volume of successive layers of strong chromaticism materials, seemingly prevents the viewer from obtaining an in-depth reading, or rather, not prevents but suggests its projection, the (re)cognition of an inner “turned off”,” explains the author, currently a teacher and one of the co-founders of the Passevite studio in Lisbon.