Piece description from the artist
In ancient Roman religion, the Manes /ˈmeɪniːz/ or Di Manes are chthonic deities sometimes thought to represent souls of deceased loved ones. They were associated with the Lares, Lemures, Genii, and Di Penates as deities (di) that pertained to domestic, local, and personal cult. They belonged broadly to the category of di inferi, "those who dwell below," the undifferentiated collective of divine dead. The Manes were honored during the Parentalia and Feralia in February.
The theologian St. Augustine, writing about the subject a few centuries after most of the Latin pagan references to such spirits, differentiated Manes from other types of Roman spirits:Apuleius says, "indeed, that the souls of men are demons, and that men become Lares if they are good, Lemures or Larvae if they are bad, and Manes if it is uncertain whether they deserve well or ill… He also states that the blessed are called in Greek εὐδαίμονες [eudaimones], because they are good souls, that is to say, good demons, confirming his opinion that the souls of men are demons." — City of God, Book IX, Chapter 11
Latin spells of antiquity were often addressed to the Manes.
Madrid based artist Nuno Paixão was born in Lisbon, Portugal in 1985.
After completing his degree in Fine Arts – Painting, and starting to exhibit in 2008, Nuno departure to Leipzig, Germany to pursue further specialization in painting history and techniques, with great interest in the "european masters". Returned to Lisbon to complete a Master´s degree in Painting in 2017.
Now living and working in Madrid, Nuno´s work explores the space between abstraction and figurative, between history and the quotidian reality to create an excuse to paint and let the material transform into matter.
In an age of technological innovation, when the competitive flux of production
has taken the place of the physical expression of one's inner universe and imaginary,
and after it's obituary has been declared innumerous times over the last 150 years,
painting presents itself as an act of resistance. A melancholic resistance that mirrors
several times and spaces, between past and present, yet mostly, the extent of an utopian
time and space: the inner time and space of its author.
What room is there in the world for mystery? What language is there for a logic
and wisdom that is not binary? Can we go beyond the argument? What other
relationship can you have with the world besides dominance? Listening to the truth of
being is the silent response to a being's calling. This silent response is found in painting.