The Father of Lusofonia Art in all China 中國葡韻藝術之父
Eugénio Novikoff Sales already has a vast career as a painter with over three decades of experience, winning several awards and performing exhibitions in different parts of the world. The Macanese painter - who belongs to the Olympic Fine Arts Association - has a very peculiar style, with lots of colours and shapes, able to capture the attention of the viewer. Because of this, as well as his background in Africa, which is very present in his paintings, the local artist already received the distinction of being the father of Lusofonia art in all China. “When I started making my paintings I didn't know what my style was. Some said it was African, some say it was a mix, but without classifying it in some art position. Only two years ago, when I made my solo exhibition in the official residency of the Portuguese Consul in Macau, I was told that my art could represent Lusofonia in China, because there is no artist here with the same style. Lusofonia art is a mix between something primitive and something more modern”, said Eugenio Novikoff Sales during an exclusive interview with Magazine & More. “Art is very important to promote this kind of culture [Lusofonia], not only in the Portuguese countries, but all of China. I’ve been considered the father of Lusofonia art in China because I paint this kind of art for more than 30 years in Macau”, he added.
Regarding what inspires the talented artist, Eugénio Novikoff Sales says that his art “comes from inside the spirit”. And despite having more than 30 years of experience, his inspiration grows “more and more” everyday, just like his ideas. “Now I want to mix Lusofonia art not only in paintings, but also sculptures. And later, who knows, they can use my paintings to make fashion”.
This idea, however, needs to be managed with some cautions, he warned. “Some people already approached me to do something in jewellery and also fashion. I like it, but I still haven’t accepted because I want the Government to take initiative in this, to get more protection. Many artists are doing creative things for cultural events but it’s not safe because our products are paintings. We see them in t-shirts or cups, but there is no recognition for the artist”, he said.
The Challenges of Scroll Painting
Eugénio Novikoff Sales likes to use rice paper, Chinese ink and acrylic in his paintings, but also thrash to create sculptures. One of the styles that has been very popular with the artist are the Chinese scroll paintings, which besides looking very well presented, are also very practical for transportation. “I was invited to exhibit in Shanghai and it was very easy to send abroad. The experience was good and the painting effect was also very good. I control the ink in the paper very well, many artists have been surprised about how I do that”, he said.
Regarding the value of his art, Novikoff said “price is not very important because I paint for pleasure”. However, it is also essential for the buyer to have some assurance of the quality of the work they are purchasing. “If people like to collect my paintings I also can’t put my price down because the collector needs to have some insurance from the artist. The range is more or less from USD20,000 to USD300,000”.
As for the future, the local artist said he would like to have future exhibitions in Mozambique and also Italy, always focusing in Lusofonia, an art he has mastered like no one else in this part of the world.