Rui Moreira’s work draws inspiration from his travels, and the destinations are chosen with great care. The artist experiences both physical and psychological changes inherent in the territories he visits:  overwhelming heat of the desert, blinding light of the sun, freezing temperatures in the mountains where the Ganges spring, extreme humidity of the Amazonian jungle, solitude and almost absolute silence… Upon his return he draws without interruption, executing a sort of mnemonic exercise in re-living the natural cycle of each space, from dawn to dusk, in order to feel all its nuances. This intense feeling is at the heart of the structure of Moreira’s drawings. His drawings are also nourished by cinematographic references to Tarkovsky, Hitchcock, Herzog, Syberberg or Kubrick; or musical references, from Bach and Stockhausen to traditional Indian, Japanese, Portuguese or Arabic music; or again striking artistic references such as a fresco of Piero della Francesca. The works result from repeating a simple action: the artist patiently, at length and tirelessly fills the entire space of his drawings until his body is exhausted from excessive conditions of immobility and gravity like an intense memorial meditation.

The gallery organised two solo exhibitions of Rui Moreira: “Inner Monsoon” in 2010, and “La Nuit” (The Night) in 2014, deeply inspired by the eponymous movie by Hans-Jürgen Syberberg. In 2014, the MUDAM in Luxembourg presented a solo show, accompanied by a catalogue published with the collaboration of the gallery. On this occasion, the MUDAM purchased a major drawing of the artist. Rui Moreira’s work is also part of the Collections of contemporary art of the French bank Société Générale in 2015.

Rui Moreira, Head On I, 2016
Gouache and India ink on paper
16,3 × 11,2 in
Photograph by Laura Castro Caldas
Rui Moreira, Head Off, 2016
Collage, gouache and India ink on paper
16,5 × 11,6 in
Photograph by Laura Castro Caldas
Rui Moreira, Telepath I, 2013
Gouache and gel pen on paper
84,7 × 55,1 in
Photograph by Laura Castro Caldas
Rui Moreira, The Holy Family III, 2014
Gouache on paper
47,2 × 63 in
Photograph by Jean-Louis Losi
Rui Moreira, Black Star II, 2014
Gouache on paper
34,7 × 34,7 in
Photograph by Laura Castro Caldas
Rui Moreira, Golden rain II, 2007
Gouache on paper
47,2 × 126 in
Photograph by Georges Poncet
Rui Moreira, I am a Lost Giant in a Burnt Forest, 2010
Gouache and gel pen on paper
98,4 × 125,2 in
Photograph by Miguel Angelo Guerreiro
Rui Moreira, L’Air du Matin (d’après Ligeti), 2012
Gouache on paper
47,2 × 63 in
Photograph by Laura Castro Caldas
Rui Moreira, L’Air du Matin II, 2012
Gouache on paper
47,2 × 63 in
Photograph by Laura Castro Caldas
Rui Moreira, Machine of Entangling Landscapes VI, 2011
Photographie de Laura Castro Caldas
63 × 93,7 in
Photograph by Laura Castro Caldas
Rui Moreira, Untitled, 2008
India Ink on paper
96,9 × 96,9 in
Photograph by Laura Castro Caldas & Paulo Cintra