The Algarve is home to a diverse and fabulous range of artists, working across all media from acrylics, and oils, to water-colours, pastels and pens.
You will find the list of our artists summarised below – just click on a profile to find out more about each artist; and if you contact any of them, please let them know you found them through this Algarve Art website.
Aileen specialises in detailed Botanical Artwork with the intention of producing 3-dimensional paintings. She works in coloured pencil and watercolours, and is a member and Director of the Scottish Society of Botanical Artists.
Alexandra’s work is inspired by the stunning light, magnificent sunsets and incredible natural scenery and colours of southern Africa. Her work is available for sale and displayed in her shared atelier gallery in Portimão.
Retired architect Alex is drawn to painting the substance and beauty of old local Portuguese buildings in desperate need of renovation.
Alyson is a self taught artist, who specialises in painting a wide range of modern style landscapes, seascapes and familiar objects within her self-titled ‘New Wave’ Collection. She is also available for commissions and Pet and House Portraits.
Ana graduated in Fine Arts at the Art and Design University of Caldas da Rainha. Her work is an expression of her feelings and emotions. She also teaches art and her work is available for sale.
Ana addresses themes with strong colors and symbolic icons. Her paintings
essentially explore the human, psychological, political, ego and addictions.
Andrew’s art is abstract, usually acrylic or gouache on canvas or board. Influenced by the abstract expressionists and colour field painting, his paintings have developed as an emotional and intellectual response to the landscape and surroundings.
Anke is an artist who’s driven by passion, seized by obsession, delighted by creation and enthralled with expression. She works with mixed materials.
Depicting strong women, Betty Anne (BAM)’s art is about human rights. The red shoes, that have become a hallmark in her work, stand for the free word.
Birgit sees her painting as a controlled coincidence. She works partly with landscape motifs and interior images, where the light, colors and contrasts are important elements.
BJ devotes as much time as possible to painting. Most of her works are figurative; landscapes, people and wildlife sourced from her travels and safaris to her homeland Tanzania in East Africa and from her adoptive home, the Algarve.
Brian’s love is drawing as opposed to painting and he works exclusively in pencil and pen and ink. He draws local places of interest with a preference for subjects with a strong architectural content, which are drawn in great detail. Each picture takes around 40 hours to complete.
Caroline is inspired by the ever changing seascapes and the beautiful countryside that surrounds her home near Espiche. Painting mainly in oils she is available for private commissions.
Chris paints in oils. ‘Fake or fortune? Who cares – if you want a nice picture on the wall it should be yours for the cost of materials and labour like any other product.’
Chris creates strong abstract paintings with depth, layers and movement which are inspired by the natural beauty of the landscape.
David Trubshaw started painting again when he retired to the Algarve in 2004 and now paints in oils acrylics and pastels. He is inspired by trees and the local landscape, and also writes and illustrates Haiku poetry.
Dawn’s work is essentially abstract/abstract expressionism and surreal at times. She enjoys the spirituality of the art of Kandinsky and the fluidity of the colors in O’Keefe’s flowers. Her style, though, is from her heart.
Light filled, mysterious images emerge from the abstract patterns that Eliza creates. Working in acrylics, she presents two different styles here for you.
Els enjoys painting on canvas, wood and ceramic. Her subject matter is diverse; with paintings denoting typical Portuguese scenes to exciting and vibrant abstracts.
There are many topics that inspire Frans: landscapes, the sea, but also people who dance, practice a sport or make music. He uses acrylic paints often with other materials combined. His work is available for sale.
Gabriella’s ink-watercolour paintings are inspired by nature. Her work heads towards an abstract direction; playing on the paper, the energy of the landscape creates movements, lines and surfaces.
Gill is primarily a watercolour artist. Landscapes, Seascapes, Buildings, Flowers, Birds, and Animals are her main subjects, anything with light, shadow and reflections. Commissions welcome.
Guida is a self-taught artist who takes inspiration from her birthplace of Macau, making her abstract style an eclectic and exciting mixture of Chinese and Portuguese influences.
Höser combines sound, art and computers to create his unique visual art in either oils or acrylics. His work is available for sale.
Hugo believes that beauty is a direct trigger for pleasure. lf his creations make you smile and think, it means you’ve been able to catch a glimpse of what he imagined.
Portuguese artist living and teaching in the Algarve. her paintings have been described as “having life and transmitting a joy to live”. Her work is for sale and she is available for commissions. She also teaches art and Portuguese for foreigners.
Inna’s work illustrates the deep connection between nature, the cosmos and the soul bonding together to tell the story about who we are deep inside.
Janet Pierce is a leading Irish artist who spends winter in Portugal and responds to her immediate environment in watercolour. Her work is available for sale.
Jan’s preferred subjects are flowers. She loves peonies and paints large-scale canvasses featuring these lovely, voluptuous blooms. Her work is exquisitely detailed with colourful flowers and backgrounds in perfect harmony.
Jean is a self-taught artist, always having been involved with the flair of creative design. She uses a wide variety of mediums such as ink, acrylics, encaustic wax and shellac. She is available for commissions.
JL.M escapes through painting. His work is inspired by his observations, yet through his paintings he transcribes what he feels, instead of what he sees.
Jessica Dunn is a British artist who has lived and worked in Portugal for over 20 years. Her abstract work combines textural impressions in acrylics – of land, sea and sky, influenced by the elements, intense sunlight and the drama of the landscape.
Jo Alice’s work is reflective and an attempt to have a spiritual experience. When painting, she gets in touch with a source that reflects her inner being.
Joke covers a broad range of styles and subjects in her paintings, and she makes up her own designs, so that every painting is unique. Her paintings are for sale and she exhibits regularly in the Algarve.
“My empathy with nature is the source for my art and every new experience inspires me into creative action.” Kasia is also a founder of the Marina de Lagos Art Academy where she teaches drawing.
An artist who uses a range of different paints and materials. Depending on her work schedule Kate will do commission work.
Kate enjoys painting landscapes/ seascapes from drawings and photographs, either on block canvas board or canvas. She is available for a private painting commissions, and can also make you a personalised A3 greeting card from a photo.
Tiny streets with traditional architecture, pavements and streetlights all inspired by the classical school of Realism. Kateryna captures the unique charm of Portuguese cityscapes in both acrylics and oils.
Kay loves painting figures and although she is occasionally diverted to other subjects for a change she is always drawn back to figures, be they human or animal. Her paintings are available for purchase.
Leanne’s art is inspired by the way it connects her with nature. The light, movement, sounds, colours and textures. Leanne has recently started teaching animal portraiture to private students, and she is available for commissions.
Lesley is inspired by Abstract Expressionism, and explores themes such as the passage of time, and questions our assumptions and preconceptions or reflects on loss, conveying fleeting and intangible emotions. Her work is available for sale.
Lida’s paintings are usually abstract and have great depth, often through the use of palette knives. They are built up in many layers, giving a weathered appearance.
Liz’ paintings all start with a cartoon-like drawing. Color and patterns are important elements in her work.
Lotti’s paintings show geometric and playful shapes, rough structures, earthy natural and strong shades. Layer by layer she moves from creative chaos to exciting compositions, creating images with depth, space and density.
An Interior Designer by trade who loves Portuguese architecture and has a deft hand with pen and ink and watercolour. He is available for commissions.
Marc creates his artwork using bright colours which are full of movement. The colours he uses reflect joy and light; utilising yellows and oranges, whites and light greens. At times a virtual rainbow. His work is for sale and he is available for commissions.
Unique Monotype Prints full of colour and surprises. Marie-Hélène is a French artist living in the Algarve creating intuitive and intriguing art.
Mientje’s main inspiration is nature, which is expressed in vibrant and bold colours. Mientje likes to work with palette knives and paints intuitively. Her work is available for sale.
Monchique-based artist who has exhibited widely in Europe and United States, many of his paintings can be found in Embassies, boardrooms of business enterprises , hospitals and private collections. His work is on show and available for sale through the Galeria Osmar.
Patricia’s pictures are inspired by the village of Praia da Luz. Locally known as ‘the lady that paints’, she got into art after following a seascape workshop.
Patrick‘s life has always had an artistic element. He paints in oil, acrylic, watercolor, and also sometimes draws and scribbles.
Penny’s paintings are a personal response to her experience of landscape. Her style is painterly, reflecting subtle changes in colour and light.
Rebecca’s work explores themes of identity and society in a personal and interpersonal context. Whilst her passion lies within painting, at times she also incorporates elements of photography, printmaking and sculpturing.
Rowan paints a bit of everything, but funky felines, quirky kitties and cool cats remain her subjects of choice. A fervent animal lover, she frequently donates her paintings for fundraising events.
Samantha loves using colour and the expression that comes with this. She finds daily inspiration in her surroundings and her work is an extension of her emotions.
Sandie’s watercolour paintings are a reflection of life in and around the Algarve and she also has a keen interest in portraiture and is available for commission work for portraits of people or pets in watercolour.
Sara enjoys painting in oils and prefers painting animals or portraits. She is not a full-time painter – it is mainly just an enjoyable hobby – and she has painted pictures of pets for friends when requested. She is available for commissions.
Shannon expresses what she loves most: ancient Hindu and Buddhist symbolism, devas and deities, fantasy and mind-landscapes, and the magic of nature. Vibrant colour forms the essence of her painting as energy and emotion on canvas.
Shelley works in acrylics to create mainly abstract art and collages, and also creates hand-painted jewellery. Some of her artwork makes a political statement, others just celebrate the beauty of Portugal.
Stefan is a watercolor artists who also holds workshops. He tries to simplify as much as possible in his paintings. His watercolors are light and airy which allows you to see every brush stroke.
Steph’s paintings are mainly figurative and in oil. She has settled in Aljezur with her family where she has been painting portraits of people from an era which she feels is sadly coming to an end. She is available for commissions.
Sue has experimented with a diverse range of styles and media and has been very influenced by her time and travels in Asia and her graphic design background. Her work is continually evolving and is available for sale.
Tanya has a fascination for watercolour as painting medium, finding it a unique way to creatively represent dreams, illusions and emotions using water-soluble pigments. Each painting for her is an exciting adventure.
Teodor works as both a sculptor and a painter. When it comes to his work, he suggests leaving ‘understanding’ at the door and enter.
Toni focuses on detailed Botanical studies in watercolour, a sensitive medium that she finds ideal for delicate, descriptive studies. She teaches weekly classes in Botanical Art for beginners and is available for commissions.
Touching, feeling, caring, humour and colour are the foundation stones from which Uschi creates her art. Her fields of work are limitless as she is not bound by any single artistic medium; clay, water colour, body-art, ferrous-cement, papier-mâché, glass, sculpting, painting, are all equal tools in her hands.
Yamuna Alfambras is inspired by the abstract expressionists. She loves the complete freedom of expression and is guided by intuition.