Ruy Calçada BASTOS
1930 - 1999
Paintings - Drawings - Writings
Ruy Calçada BASTOS in 1962
Born 1930 in Lourenço Marques, Moçambique, of Portuguese parents; educated in Bruxelles and Paris, private studies of art in various centres in Europe. Exhibited in Johannesburg and Pretoria 1961 and 1962, also in Harare, Lourenço Marques, Lisbon, Milano, Barcelona and in Denmark (in 1962/3). Lived in Cascais (Algarve) from 1984 to 1999, where he died in October, 1999.
Originally represented in the Lourenço Marques City Hall Collection, in galleries in Denmark and Milano.
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Published or illustrated various books
"Composições Rítmicas a Preto e Branco" - desenhos com texta de José Blanc, Portugal
"História do Menino Jesus" - desenhos e texto - Empresa Moderna, Lourenço Marques, e Editrice Massitno, Milão
"Retrato a Preto e Branco" - desenhos e poesia (Ed. Gullanders Bogtryk)
"La metamorfose incompleta" - Editrice Manfredi, Milão
"L'uomo, la magia e la morte" - imagens, palavras, fotografias e grafismos - Editrice Manfredi, Milão
(See also records from Harold Jeppe, 1962)
Selected Exhibitions in South Africa and Press Reviews
Gallery 101, Johannesburg - 20th June to 7th July, 1961 (a collection of drawings) - opened by Mr Lorenz Schultz
The Star, Johannesburg - 27th June, 1961 (review)
Die Vaderland, Johannesburg - 29th June, 1961 (review by Dirk Meerkotter)
Part of review by Lorenz Schultz in "South African Art News", Johannesburg ("Gallery 101 well worth a visit") - 6th July, 1961, p. 12
Gallery 101, Johannesburg - 2nd October, 1961 (Solo) - opened by Mr. C.H. Arkwright
The Star, Johannesburg 3rd October, 1961 (ill. press photo)
Gallery 101, Johannesburg - 18th June, 1962 (Solo)
Gallery 101, Johannesburg - June, 1962 (included in First National Graphic Week) - opened by Esmé Berman
Gallery 101, Johannesburg - 7th June, 1967 - included in auction in aid of Jewish Women's Benevolent and Welfare Society, Johannesburg, conducted by D. Livingstone
Selected Exhibitions in Portugal
Fundação D. Luís I., Galeria do Centro Cultural Gandarinha, Cascais - 8th to 27th June, 1999 (presenting paintings covering about 40 years)
Further Publications and listings
Listed in "South African Artists 1900-1962" (Afrikaanse Pers-Boekhandel), Johannesburg, 1963 (Harold Jeppe), p. 4
"Aarhuus Stiftstidende" - 8. Marts 1962 (Viser dansk maler i Johannesburg - Portugisisk-født sydafrikaner paa dansk visit), ill.
Fundação D. Luís I. (Catálogo publicado por ocasião da exposição realizada na Galeria do Centro Cultural Gandarinha, em Cascais, entre 8 a 27 de Junho de 1999)
Ruy Calçada Bastos, born 1930, is the uncle of the well-known artist Rui Calçada Bastos, born 1971. Cristiana Infante da Camara from Santarem is Ruy's daughter.
Most of the documentation and images Ruy Calçada Bastos had left in a suitcase in safe-custody with Gallery 101, Johannesburg, when he left South Africa permanently, was lost when the gallery closed in 1977. Thus hardly any information about the early period is available nowadays.
Appeal to owners of early works in South Africa - pre-1963
If you own a work from this period or have any other information, please let us have details - thanks in advance!
Last updated 15th April, 2013
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