Sophia by Daniel Eime, Graça, Lisbon, May 2017
This mural in the Graça area of Lisbon is the work of Portuguese street artist, Daniel Eime. It is a portrait of the poet Sophia de Mello Breyner Andresen (1919 – 2004), who was strongly associated with the area of Graça. She won many prizes for her works, was translated into several languages, and now has the viewpoint in Graça named after her.
One of her works, Portrait of an unknown princess:
“For her to have such a slender neck
For her wrists to bend like flower stems
For her eyes to be so clear and direct”
Eime is particularly know for his portraits, which are mainly created using stencils. In interviews he often comments that it is the design and cutting of the stencil that is the hardest part, but even painting using such detailed stencils must be challenging.
Copyright Debbie Smyth, 1 June 2020