The Cryptic Geometry of Daniel Gonçalves

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Daniel Gonçalves is an entirely self taught draughtsman and painter from Porto, Portugal who has recently exhibited in his homeland as well as Paris, New York and London.

Gonçalves started drawing at the age of fifteen in 1992, however due to a difficult childhood and a peripatetic unsettled adult existence, combined with an innate perfectionism means that all work produced before 2015 is either lost or destroyed. Gonçalves first solo show was at the Gallery Cruzes Canhoto, Porto, Portugal in 2016.

Exhibiting a terrifying symmetrical precision, Gonçalves geometric abstraction has an obsessional hallucinogenic quality. Filled with Masonic and occult references, these drawings suggest sacred geometry, tantric images, mandalas, the doors to a bank vault containing the holy of holies, the key to open the crypt of our dreams.

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19 thoughts on “The Cryptic Geometry of Daniel Gonçalves

  1. I must imagine the obsessive desire driving the accuracy and precision in these designs. Each pattern appears breathtakingly perfect. Thank you for your fine summary and selection of this awesome and unique art Mr. Cake.

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    1. My pleasure…the artist said in an interview that when he finishes a work he doesn’t leave it around in case he finds something in it that doesn’t agree. The need for perfection is expressed in the circles and triangles which he says are perfect shapes. Glad you enjoyed the work of this amazing artist Miss Heart.

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  2. Cryptic indeed, and very powerful. Almost a magnet, drawing the eye in. Have you seen the line paintings of Geoff Slater? f not, well worth a look. I think you woud find them interesting. Link on today’s blog or geoffslater.com

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