João Carlos was jus tone half of a complex character, master of several arts and crafts. Using his surname Celestino Gomes, he was a poet, prose writer an essayist, as well as a science communicator on the radio and television and in newspapers, in connection with his work as a doctor and hygienist. Going by the name João Carlos, he painted, illustrated and carved wood.
Spiritual and humanist, fascinated by the engravings of the Japanese artist Hokusai, the 15th century Primitives, Byzantine and Oriental arts and the XX Dessins by the painter Amadeo de Sousa Cardoso, João Carlos, in his horror of emptiness, constructed an exciting graphic epic, on the fringes of the official and stylized modernism of the Estado Novo’s Politics of the Spirit. He died in Lisbon in 1960.
Co-edition Arranha Céus Project, Texts and Graphic Design Jorge Silva