Raphael Bordallo Pinheiro is one of the most influential people of nineteenth century Portuguese culture, with a remarkable production particularly regarding the areas of humoristic drawing, caricature and ceramic creation. His work represents an unsettling, ever timely reality and a fundamental document for political, social, cultural and ideological study of a time period.
Raphael Bordallo Pinheiro will forever be intimately associated with caricature and artistic ceramics, showing quality and important pieces never seen before, and which, in the opinion of renowned modern artists, are the work of a genius.
Bordallo Pinheiro’s artistic earthenware has many techniques and procedures (some of them centuries old), that are responsible for the final product and artistic quality. The intangible heritage of Bordallo Pinheiro has passed down to later generations of ceramic workers, and through the teaching of ceramics techniques is protecting the centenary long knowledge which represents real treasures of our history and culture.
The Arte Bordallo pieces are copies of the vast legacy left by Raphael Bordallo Pinheiro and his son Manuel Gustavo Bordallo Pinheiro. Revealing the exuberant creativity and delicacy for detail the pieces are now produced by the craftsmen of the Fábrica Bordallo Pinheiro.
In Bordallo Pinheiro’s production there are also everyday products, aiming to answer a constantly evolving market. These pieces reveal an essentially utilitarian view within Bordallo Pinheiro’s identity.
Throughout its existence, this business activity has had a strong connection to cultural projects and has aimed at meeting its strategic goals of encouraging innovation and excellence of contemporary ceramic production and its internationalization.
Raphael Bordallo Pinheiro’s legacy is inspiring and presents as well a challenge to many contemporary artists. Many of them find a starting point for their fine art using a modern language, within Raphael Bordallo Pinheiro’s great work.
The work of Raphael Bordallo Pinheiro surprises us for the timeless point of view presented in his poetic contents of ecological, political and social origin.