Expressionist Drawings of Macau

By Gonsalo Oom

Event Date: 28th September — 27th October, 2017


“Macau is currently my city and part of my life. Being an architect makes me see and feel the cities in a unique way and, as an artist painter, express my self and register the urbanity on the paper – the goal is to demonstrate the old and contemporaneous city’s personality in the expressionist drawings.”



To the artist, as a painter, abstract awareness is always close to his feelings and his perception of reality. In contrast he, as an architect, has to be precise, straight and pragmatic in his drawings, which most often are drafted for construction — “Buildings cannot fall”.

Expressionist drawings in this exhibition are to complement and balance the artist’s “being” expressing and drawing/painting the cities, currently Macau, where he is living. It connects the artist to all and makes him feel part of the community, this Asian great-executing place, Macau, China. The majority of the drawings are made with charcoal, the artist’s preferred media, but he also used black ink and other pens or pencils; each media commands the drawing technic and the final result.



Gonsalo Oom earned his Architectural degree in Lisbon in 1993. In Portugal, the architect was working at the Raul Hestnes Ferreira Atelier and at MEGWA Atelier with designer Eugenio Trigo in the year 1995 and 2004.

Since 2006, Gonsalo moved to Macau, living as an architect and artist. He has been participating local and international competitions such as The New Central Library and Macau’s 2010 Shanghai Pavillion. His designs were showcased in several Furniture Design exhibitions at CREATIVE MACAU in the past.