Aguas Estreitas#26 2019 100X120cm


“Une lumière de printemps”, by Ilda David’, at the Portuguese Cultural Centre in Luxembourg

11 Apr · 09h00

Untitled, 2019, Águas estreitas (Narrow water) 26, acrylic on canvas, 100x120cm © Ilda David'

On the occasion of the Portuguese Presidency of the Council of the European Union, the Portuguese Cultural Centre – Camões, in Luxembourg, is presenting a set of paintings by Ilda David’, produced between 2019 and 2020.


The “Une lumière de printemps” (“Light in Springtime”) exhibition consists of 27 acrylic on canvas paintings, chosen from four series — Águas Estreitas, Desvios da Natureza, Deméter, Dafne (Narrow Waters, Deviations of Nature, Demeter, Daphne) — and will be on view until 14 May.


Curated by Nuno Faria, the current artistic director of the City Museum in Porto, the exhibition references the visual arts that characterise Ilda David’ and the work she has been creating for four decades: “an artistic universe where the image and the work, literature and painting, are combined in a fruitful, challenging way”, he explained. The exhibition includes a wide range of drawings (and some engravings) “whose common denominator is the unwavering diversity of the language of nature”, according to Nuno Faria.


ID 2020 40X30cm Deméter#2

Deméter 2, 2020, acrylic on canvas, 40x30 cm © Ilda David'

The artistic production of Ilda David’, who was born in Benavente, Portugal, in 1955, “is like collecting and preserving botanic species, aimed at turning life into art and art into life”, the curator continued, paraphrasing Eça de Queiroz on the books of Júlio Dinis: “a place where you go to breathe”.


“Things are never really what they seem. These paintings are atmospheric existences that communicate cosmically with images and texts from other times. They are portrayed as fields of experience and understanding of existence as a spiritual and metaphysical reality, one that overcomes time and space, all the differences and hierarchies between us (all living beings) and the world, between reality and our perception of it. Reality is breath”, Nuno Faria concluded.

ID 03 Desvios Da Natureza 80X100

Desvios da Natureza 3 (Nature's Deviations),acrylic on canvas, 80x100 cm © Ilda David'

“Une lumière de printemps”

27 paintings (acrylic on canvas), produced between 2019 and 2020 and chosen from four series:


  • Águas Estreitas (five canvasses, 2019, 80 × 60 cm and 100 × 120 cm);
  • Desvios da Natureza (four canvasses, 2019, 80 × 10 cm);
  • Deméter (five canvasses, 2020, 40 × 30 cm);
  • Dafne (13 canvasses, 2020, 40 × 30 cm).

About Ilda David’

Ilda David’ was born in Benavente, Portugal, in 1955. She studied at the Lisbon Higher Institute of Fine Arts, from 1976 to 1981. She now lives and works in Lisbon.

Ilda David Credito Manuel Botelho

Ilda David' @ Photo: Manuel Botelho

Individual exhibitions (selection)


  • Almoço no Campo (Lunch in the Countryside), Land Art Cascais, Quinta do Pisão, Cascais, Portugal
  • Por Trás das Árvores Há Um Outro Mundo (Another World Lies Behind the Trees), City Museum – Casa Guerra Junqueiro, Porto, Portugal


  • Desvios da Natureza (Deviations of Nature – painting), Faro Municipal Museum, Faro, Portugal


  • As Florestas São do Outro Mundo (Forests are from Another World), Neupergama Gallery, Torres Novas, Portugal


  • Do Negro a Luz – Desenho 1986-2016 (From Dark to Light – Drawing 1986-2016), Carmona & Costa Foundation, Lisbon


  • Maria Gabriela Llansol: O encontro inesperado do diverso (Maria Gabriela Llansol: The unexpected encounter with diversity – with Duarte Belo), CIAJG (José Guimarães International Art Centre), Guimarães, Portugal
  • Azul de Perdição (The Blue of Doom – paint on paper), Giefarte, Lisbon, Portugal
  • Amor de Perdição (Doomed Love – paint on paper), Casa de Camilo, São Miguel de Seide, Portugal