João Manardu is a Portuguese sculptor who started handcrafting his artworks as an autodidact. Influenced by wood ever since his childhood, it was many years after, while he was living in London, that he discovered his passion for the art of woodturning. Coming back to Portugal was when it all began. Manardu committed himself completely to his artistic mission by creating wood objects full of life.
Every single piece is created by the artist from a lathe, thus trying to harmonise the lathe craftsmanship with a wide variety of hand tools. While any object is being designed and carved, Manardu faces the challenge of putting together the individual history and the intrinsic characteristics of the original tree, thus accentuating the special connection of every single object to the natural world. As a result, from that moment on the artistic outcome will always aim at combining creativity, simplicity and purity in the creation of unique wood objects.
Because of their immense fluidity, these objects defy limits and conventions, being characterised by the constant deformation of their forms and, consequently, their elegant sculptural dimension.
No element or detail is ever overlooked. Supreme beauty determines the creative dialogue with the wood right from the selection of the trunk. All forms, all edges, all natural incursions in the wood end up emerging in the unique single texture of every object. For this reason, the natural deformations, the cracks and fissures filled with metals are all part of Manardu’s unique creative signature as a sculptor.
In the end, you are invited to share his passion for wood through timeless stunning objects which transform your perception into something that will inspire you forever.
João Manardu has exhibited his work through galleries and fairs in Portugal and internationally.
"From the beginning of each object to its unique shape, it's all in the beauty of the unexpected."
In the 2015 edition of Lisbon Intenationl craft show
Manardu was the winner in the "Contemporary Category"
In the 2014 edition of Lisbon International craft show
Manardu was awarded with an honorable mention in the
"Contemporary Category "