THE PLASTIC GRAMMAR OF JOSÉ DE GUIMARÃES

José Maria Fernandes Marques, known as José de Guimarães, was born in Guimarães, Portugal, in 1939. Guimarães studied engineering, obtaining his degree from the Academia Militar in Lisbon in 1965. At the same time, he independently studied the art of significant modern and historical painters, cultivating his own aesthetic based on the great works of European artists from Rubens to Picasso, traveling to Paris in the early 1960s to observe the works of the Fauves. (5) In the late 1960s, Guimarães was deployed as a communications officer in a military commission to Africa. While in Angola, he traveled the country extensively, and embarked on an intense ethnographic study of the region and its