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Maísa Champalimaud

Interview with Maísa Champalimaud



Tell us about how you got to where you are now.

If I think about my past, I don’t have any memories that don’t involve me doing something related to the arts: be it theatre, dressing up, painting. During that period of my life, I also dreamt about being a pianist. One thing was certain: my life would inevitably be linked to the arts. Later on, when I was a still insecure teenager (especially because my family looked at my painting merely as a hobby) I met a master painter in Cascais and he started teaching me. That was the moment everything changed – both personally and professionally. From then on, I was sure of what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. His guidance helped me feel ready to enroll in the Fine Arts School. After that, I shared studio spaces with many other artist friends. All of this was essential to get to where I am now: managing a studio by myself


How and when did you start exploring yourself creatively through drawing?

My paintings are a reflection of everything I see, feel, absorb, think… of all of the experiences that make me who I am, experiences that, stroke by brushstroke and line by pencil line, draw and compose my life. I love to travel and everything that surrounds me influences my daily life. Absolutely everything, from the dreams I have and still remember to the people with whom I connect during the day. I am inspired by the mood I am in and also by what I see, hear and feel, just as much as I am inspired by trips and artists that surround me. All of the pieces that make up the story I tell through painting.  

What was your starting point and inspiration behind the work you developed for Monarte? What did your creative process look like?

My creative process for this piece was a reflection of my life in Brazil as a child. In 2017 I was challenged to work on a show composed of different tropical pieces evocative of my Portuguese-Brazilian roots. I was still immersed in these memories and childhood thoughts that I continued to create work that came from the same source of inspiration.



Tropical Memories

As one says: Art imitates life. And in this case: life inspires Art. Maísa’s early childhood in Brazil served as the tropical inspiration behind this lively and colorful design. The way her childhood mind kept those memories comes out as a verifiably abstract creation which will always transform your day for the better.