DAROCHA (Oliveira de Azeméis, 1945 – Paris, 2016) employs different materials and techniques: painting, illustration, engraving and video art. Ambiguous in his message, he often relies on legends, half-true stories and an extraordinarily rich personal mythology. An artist with a multifaceted personality, he signs under various names. As he explained to his daughter: “When I’m in harmony, I see each day as a door that opens for me, and that ‘I’ is no longer the same as the day before (…). A bit like in Bluebeard’s castle, where there are many doors, one of which is barred”. Although he was better known abroad than by the Portuguese public, he has exhibited regularly since 1968, including in Portugal. His career includes his participation in the group show “Alternativa Zero” and the pioneering Art Video “Confrontation” at the Museum of Modern Art of Paris.

Sem título, 1983
Grafite e crayon sobre papel. 55 x 77 cm.