"The use of the nude as an artistic object creates a bridge to an artistic path that I follow, aimed at studying and enhancing human anatomy in all my theoretical and practical work. This work aims to represent both the beauty of Portuguese iconography and the physical beauty of the Portuguese themselves."


Frederico Elias

Frederico Elias was born in 1991, in Lisbon, Portugal.

Artist / Sculptor.


From 2001 to 2008 he attended a painting course at the Arte Mista Atelier. In 2009 he started his studies for a BA (Hons) Course in Sculpture at FBAUL, the Faculty of Fine Arts at the University of Lisbon, Portugal, which he successfully completed in 2012. He specialized in Stone and Portrait sculpture. Through Erasmus he attended the Accademia di Belle Arti di Carrara, Italy (Sculpture), in the academic year 2011/2012. Under the guidance of Aron Demetz (Sculptor), he developed his modelling technique. It was also in Italy that he participated for the first time in an exhibition outside Portugal, with an aquarelle representing  Federico Fellini  with his face dissected:  "Omaggio a Federico Fellini e Sculture da Viaggio di Monica Michelotti" (Homage to Federico Fellini and “travel sculpture” by Mónica Michelotti, at the Palazo Ducale in  Massa,  Massa-Carrara.  In 2012 he started his MA course in Artistic Anatomy (at FBAUL), specialising in the study of the human body. In the second year of his Master’s course his dissertation was on ‘’FACE MIMIC IN ART, its important role in artistic representation and interpretation’’. It sought to defend the importance of facial expression in figurative art work in communicating with the viewer. He was a Course tutor at the A Arte Tem Lugar atelier (Portrait Sculpture) in November and December 2013 and, in 2015, he successfully completed his Master’s Degree.


Currently, Frederico Elias is developing his work in an atelier in Massamá, near Sintra, Portugal. He draws inspiration for his work from the human body and contemporary society. His objective is to reintroduce figurative art into Portugal, combining it with modernity and concept, and rejecting the stereotype that figurative sculpture is ‘handicraft’’.

'Naked Portugal I' fiberglass and ink oil 180x42x28cm

'Naked Portugal II' fiberglass,  ink and silver 180x62x40cm

"Skull" 2010 sculpture 28x20x34 cm

"Skinned II" 2014 Sculpture 60x25x16 cm

"Reborn I" 2011 sculpture 28x10x12 cm

"Reborn II" 2011 Sculpture 96x19x27 cm

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