I met António Conceição
Júnior in Macau, in 1981 when, for the first time I brought an
exhibition of Portuguese Art to the Luis de Camões Museum, which was
directed by him.
One year later I was back,
bringing another exhibition to the Museum so efficiently directed by
The first impressions that I
gathered from his personality was that of a great artistic
sensibility, highly developed organizational know how, up dated
information of the most recent methodologies in his professional area,
but above all, his character and ethic as a man.
By that time a strong and
solid friendship begun to take shape between us, kept until today,
which was extended to our respective families.
In the professional level I
cooperated with him in his initiatives, whenever required, but I
cannot fail to refer that I have learned with Antonio a few things
that he was well at home with and which I would classify as of lateral
interest to my profession, but very enriching as additions to my
knowledge and professional practices of the highest utility.
When we first met his
creative passion was more focused in painting. I think that if he have
followed this path, today, after two decades, we would certainly be
confronted with a significant workload corresponding to his talent and
dedication put in everything that he is involved with.
But… design, stamps, coin
design, medallion design, the objects, the books, garments,
photography (of high creative quality) and the organization of
important artistic events and, finally, fashion which he came to prove
to be classified as one of the most representative and innovative
designers at international level, took him away from painting.
I must stress here, like I
have done verbally to some relevant personalities of the political and
development fields of our Country, that Antonio was not always
supported as he deserved and merited. And as a consequence of this
under-support of his potentialities, of his patriotism and love for
Macau, everybody lost something.
But Antonio is not going to
stop. His work, his talent, his family, his friend, his generous heart
from Macau will continue to feed his life.
Manuel de Brito
Owner & Director of