Fernando Lemos, a Portuguese artist who has lived in Brazil for over 60 years, died yesterday, in São Paulo, at the age of 93. Lemos came here fleeing the Salazar dictatorship in Portugal, and first made Rio his home. The artist arrived in the country already known for his work with surrealist photographs, a language he developed throughout his career. Later, in São Paulo, he turned to painting and other media, exploring languages such as abstraction.
In 2011, the Pinacoteca de São Paulo organized a major retrospective of Lemos' production, including his modern photographs, drawings, prints and paintings.
Already this year, a few months ago, a collection of more than 2000 works by the artist was donated to Instituto Moreira Salles, including photographs, engravings, drawings and pieces of design. Fernando Lemos is survived by his wife, Beatrix Overmeer, and five children, in addition to an unparalleled artistic legacy.