In 2006, Pedro produced a spectacular series entitled “Twins” — drawing a parallel on the classic concept of portrait by transforming each stroke of the brush into a collage of bits from the character’s life (stories, photographs, etc). The effect, outstanding!
In 2005, Pedro showcased his work at Beato Studio, a spectacular Open Studio where he used to work, alongside a roll of great Portuguese artists — Valentim Quaresma, Ricardo Quaresma, Tomás Viana, Ricardo Preto, David Lopes and Daniela Ribeiro. A great success!
Interestingly, the basis for each of these paintings —now in growing format of 70x40cm— is Pedro himself. Most of these are self-inspired portraits, sketched in front of a mirror, yet mixed with traces from the people in his life. One could say the evolution of these portraits work as a sort of reflective timely biography. A experimental projection of himself onto others and of others onto himself.
It was this newfound focus on portraits, of people close to him, that granted Pedro a trip to São Paulo in 2005, as the winner of an art contest for Mercado Mundo Mix — a cultural marketplace event showcasing new talent.