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Recently, I met my Macao Elementary School teacher, António Andrade, my visual arts teacher on two occasions, in 1988 and in 1996. We reconnected after circa 20 years. His wife Fernanda was my teacher in 1989. She was adored by the students. She taught me oil painting in an extra course I took.

One day, António came to us all-10-year-olds with a new project: we were going to make a drawing onto a matrix. One of them would be selected to be applied in a school wall in the patio. The patio was exactly in front of my class – 1st grade A.

There were 2 sets of colors to  chose from:

  1. yellow, orange, red and brown
  2. pink, green, blue and purple.

I opted for 1. After working on the matrix, I picked four marker pens and started drawing.

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Soon enough I noticed that all my girlfriends opted for the other color set, and they making drawing very cute drawings. I went to professor and asked to let me start anew. He wouldn’t let me. I struggled to finish the drawing and was highly discouraged by his refusal…

And it was selected! I was completely surprised.

We painted the wall (several classes, A to F, circa 200 kids helped) and the final result has stayed there for a long time.

Looking back, it does look like modern art, no?

But can it be considered modern art if we do not have the intention to find purity of form?

 Here is the final result!

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