There is no work without an
author. The work
is the creation of someone who, in time, erases himself so that only the
work lives on – or than only in it may his memory live.
Generally one resists – quite fairly – disregarding the author who has
generated the work because, after all, they explain each other –
notwithstanding the recognised autonomy of the work, particularly in the
host of meanings it may acquire, as indeed it does, in the consciousness
of others, of the public.
António Conceição Júnior is, precisely, the author of a work of great
breadth and diversity; one could almost accept that it could just go no
further, i.e., that it could remain in the direct development of the
things he (or even others) may have accomplished.
However, that is simply not possible because this is an author who hasn’t
yet travelled through all the regions, which his spirit recognises (or is
able to recognise) but has yet not explored. The multiplicity of the
regions visited by António Conceição Júnior’s creative spirit is truly
surprising, and it could be said that such multiplicity feeds off itself
in a transference of experiences which does not cease to unfold: from
drawing to painting, from cartoon to illustration, from writing to graphic
design, to fashion design, to medal design and photography...
It may come as a surprise, and it surely does, that such an author seems
to lack a more visible presence in the city of Macau through a more
permanent visual urban impact. However, trailing his creations will lead
to the discovery of countless traces of his authorship: coins,
publications of various kinds, cultural events, shows, exhibitions,
photographs, medals, interior design, furniture, stage sets, are all
elements in the list of his creative curriculum, which is defined by a
distinctive trait: the search for the essence, a ritual inspired
solemnity, qualities inherited from oriental roots, which are not of the
assimilated type, but are rather genetic and consciously upheld.
Therefore, it is necessary to look at this work and (re)cognise its
author. He will surely offer us more novelties - the fruit of the sowing
that constantly germinates in him, to further enrich us culturally.