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Antonio Pessoa Weekend Report Once again, I fly from Canary Islands to spend the weekend with my favorite living artist and one of my best friends as well. Skip intro, for between the two of us, after all these years and after all these countless moments of mutual excellent conversation, shared bizarre episodes and a few unspeakable adventures, by all means no ceremonial rituals required whatsoever, simply put and absolutely true. He picks me up at the densely populated airport and the silent perfect-mannered chauffeur drives us back to his idyllic castle more popularly known as Antonio Pessoa-Home Studio. A new life in the sun, a new weekend in the relaxing and cosy atmosphere of the spacious living area all the more enchanting by the friendly staff, let alone the artist's awesome and most entertaining recent new line contemporary fine art canvases and watercolors. Wall Art at his unquestionable very, very best, if you ask me. After a dimlit mediterranean food dinner at the balcony overlooking the warm summer night, during which we pleasurably break news and get on with our lives latest episodes and metaphysics updates, we have a Scotch while strolling about Studio 1 as he shows me his on-going canvases, drawings and watercolors, a true dream factory, and sooner than I expected it was 2.a.m. and my obnoxious yawning was already warning me it was just about time to call it a night, so next thing I knew I was between sheets and thereby quickly going into night time oblivion. Delicious! Indeed, I actually have to admit I simply adore this recovering and rewarding total forgetfulness of the great oblivion of sleep. So does the artist, for all I know. I wake up early morning just to witness once again the dynamic full-swing stimulating on-going racing activity all over the place. The telephone keeps ringing, business partners, clients, art collectors, friends, family, art merchants, co-workrts, you name it, from all over the world. Pierre Fontanals and Luis Santiago seem to be successfully handling the situation, as in everything-under-control, with their usual experienced, stree-free and that easy-to-do look on their faces, savoir faire and know-how... while the artist is nowhere to be seen. Well, not quite so, actually. Antonio Pessoa is already painting in his sound proof Studio 1, basically relaxed, happy, however totally focused on the huge canvas before him. Antonio Pessoa always faithful to his traditional studio performance unique style, is working on several paintings at the same time, despite today's main artwork at stake happens to be a gigantic canvas on the skyscraper like easel, seemingly succeeding to be grabbing his full attention and his eagle eye concentration. I light my pipe and silently observe the artist at work for quite a long while, genuinely fascinated by his reputable art action speed, as if he were actually only the art making mediator between Divine Guidance and the canvas. I politely coughed lightly twice before I broke the silence. "What's going to be the title of that masterpiece, my friend?" "Free!" said the Pessoa without even bother to turn around. "Free, my dear, just what I wish to be above anything else in the world.Free!" As a matter of fact, I love to admit, Free, indeed turned out to be one of the most awesome and charming king- sized canvases of the artist's latest contemporary series and definitely one of my favorites ever. Laser focused and maximally productive, the artist all of a sudden takes a break and moves about the studio, gladly aware of my dear friendly presence, brush in his right hand staining here and there on the watercolor papers scattered all over the spacious studio. "I have this feeling, this don't know what something about this weekend", he tells me, thoughtfully contemplating-and I think - seriously evaluating one of those unfinished watercolors, with that peculiar self-criticism look on his diamond-white face. One of his cell phones rings. That's the Home Studio "Special One" cell phone as he ironically titled it. As far as I know it's actually the bad news breaker, the last-minute urgent issues cell phone.What do you know! He picks it up and I hear Pierre Fontanal's voice almost screaming from the other side, meaning, from the "Concepts into Action" headquarters, where everything usually looks as if the Universe is conspiring to make business matters an easy-going task and some other times it looks as if indeed all hell broke loose! That was Maxwell Armstrong from San Francisco, California, absolutely anxious and under pressure and demanding (...demanding!) ...to speak directly over the phone with the artist. By now, Antonio Pessoa is painfully back to real-life again, takes a seat, thinks for a while... and I hear him say... "Pierre, please, just tell him I'm out of order" Silence again, while Pessoa listens to what Pierre has got to communicate... "OK, then tell him I won't be back untill next week." He hangs up. He's never going to change, I'm thinking, the artist definitely hates a life full of problems and the best way he knows to get rid of them all once and for all, or at least for a peaceful while, is the same old formula. Get back down to work and once again life is Heaven, just Paradise! With the happy ending of the canvas fast approaching, the artist quickly recovers from the interruption. Obviously the key to full and fair recovery is to get on with what he was doing and that's precisely what he does. Congratulations! There are always unplanned occurences that prevent him from painting just the way he simply adores. Peacefully! Getting caught up in the day to day activities of his team, isn't precisely his idea of indeed getting a kick out of art studio performance. Talking about the devil, the cell phone rings again (...at the right time...at the wrong place...), as the artist gets ready to get back down to work. How convenient! My eavesdropping is supposed, more than basically tolerated, fully accepted, just for the record... "Not again!", he sighs. However, he picks up the phone while looking at me with that funny helplessness expression on his face. Pierre once again screaming from the busy room, just to tell him Maxwell Armstrong wishes to know whether the artist is once and for all decided to deal with him directly or not. "Tell him... well, Pierre, just tell him... Or Not" He hangs up the phone. I must say that in real-life philosophy this is theoretically a definite "Leave me Alone!". One of Antonio Pessoa's most peculiar secrets is that deep down inside-unquestionably - he sure loves this art studio daily ritual, delicious silence, this self-imposed exile... well, in a manner of speaking. What turns out to be his big What and Why, that's for us to know and for you to find out throughout all it's been said and written about the artist's Life and Oeuvre. Strange how this weekend seems to be shorter than I would like to expect, just in the exact proportion to my delight to stay by his side and enjoy the making of all this scattered collection of unfinished canvases, drawings, sketches and impactful watercolors. Whatching him build on the fine art dreams factory always creates me an exciting state of antecipation. Inevitable fact. However, the cell phone is persistent enough and there it is once again ringing and once again inevitably forcing the artist losing steam and probably reminding himself that indeed at last check Paradise will be only possible in a far away tropical exotic island between the Pacific Ocean... and Eternity! So it seems - from what I can make out of my legitimate eavesdropping - Maxwell Armstrong just comes up with a brand-new proposition, fair enough to put a broad smile on the artist's face and probably a helpless curiosity expression on mine. "It's alright then, Pierre, please let him know he can have those six canvases for that price... oh, and by the way, please tell him that next time he calls us four times in a row I won't negotiate..." We have lunch on the balcony, a nice mexican food combination, served hot... and how! One of the benefits of his lifestyle, by all means. Now we concentrate only on the tasty good smelling positive aspects of the mexican cuisine, while wandering about this and that... as a fresh, almost sweet wind breeze starts blowing from the seaside. Just two good friends and Art Connoisseurs making the most out of being together again. Harold MacArthur is in town, so the three of us decide to go for a rejuvenating long walk along the seaside Avenue, it's just a beautiful day, clean cloudless sky, Sprigtime just smells fun, the sea is light blue contrasting with the light-golden-blue sky and it's just wondeful to be here in this idyllic scenery of western world tropical life, as we easily overcome procrastination and stroll further and further away while pondering and review several topics, including the artist's current and upcoming projects. In spite of the inevitable fact that Pessoa is actually more than twenty years younger than we are, he proves systematically to have reached this mature-like unmutable consistency, this inspiring effortless reliability charisma, wherever he is and whatever he does, a remarkable combination of qualities playing an important role in our unique mixture of logical and philosophical reasoning inter-exchanging chemistry. Nothing like a six-kilometer boulevard stroll with such distinguished company, along the clear blue waters, crystaline sand and dazzling coral reefs, the ideal place to take full advantage of excellent conversation focused on interesting issues, including Art. Nevertheless, let's face it. Sir MacArthur current situation seems pretty obvious both for me and for the artist as well. His personal increasing interest in Antonio Pessoa's latest artworks, his definitely his main motivation to pay him a visit from time to time, well... more accurately at least once every month. Define this simply as art collector's persistence would be basically unfair, for I know that apart from his main reasons to fly from London on such a regular basis, roughly twelve times a year, his admiration for the artist is by all means clearly genuine to the point of true growing friendship. That much is transparently in the air. However, the high price of the artist's canvases, namely and very specifically his latest contemporary fine art series, New Era-New Line, if not being precisely beyond his financial reach (definitely not!!!) at least have achieved a global demand effect, feverish enough for a drastic rise in prices, eventually rather unexpectedly and as far as Harold MacArthur is concerned, from his strict point of view, fairly acceptable, on the other hand, painfully unfair. In spite of the inevitable everlasting situation of being systematically "blessed" with new exciting and painfully unexpected challenges, Sir MacArthur is never going to change his faithful sense of personal commitment concerning both his friendship with the artist and his private art collection growing reputation, continuously updated integrity. No big deal, whatsoever. Hard working art collector's self-consciousness. I like that... and so does the artist. Anyway, just as with the tides in the sea, there is an ebb and flow to the tides of Antonio Pessoa's Home Studio leisure weekends. Swimming in the art world, understanding its awesome Universe and eventually, of course,swimming through the sand of bizarre timing and close encounters with unannounced visitors. What all this reminds me of is how great is to have the world in our hands and time by our side. At last check I find myself wondering. Visitors... or Invaders? Miriam Di Rosa! A Lady in the Water! The water of the Art Ocean. Atlantis? It's tea time,in the contemporary Fine Art Shrine! Miriam sits down at the steaming good smelling table with her gentle jet-set complexity although grotesque proportions. She starts by complaining about the weather, then seriously complaining about her love affairs setbacks, then about the art market impractical foolish unpredictable roller coaster unreliable flux and flows, then she goes on complaining about the enough of non-sense world we live in,and at last she complains about all topics in a row, she says she's had it... and by then, surprise, surprise, believe me or not, crazy as it seems, forty five minutes had gone by and tea time was over. Miriam Di Rosa and the artist, they are actually so used to share whatever-you name it together, yet so aware of the intentions of one another, that they don't permit themselves anymore to become ruffled or victimized. Sir MacArthur looks mildly tolerantly patient and me, well, I fortunately have reached that level of after-walk, after-tea. who-cares, accomplished calmness. Tea time is over and Antonio Pessoa looks bored, slightly standoffish, I suppose a bit tired. Miriam somehow always succeeds to set this mood paradigm shifting in the artist emotional mechanism. He accepts her exactly how she is and she remains in his life playing the important role of art critic, art curator, although systematically, hopelessly expecting to keep the artist image strangely tuned in what he was six years ago... still illuminated by the pure oil smelling Romantic Period's Modern Art bulb. On the whole, Miriam Di Rosa regards Pessoa's contemporary series as a road-map to something which hasn't yet been achieved and I think she secretly believes it never will. I understand her feelings (let alone her old fashionad artistic concepts) however, by all means I don't subscribe her point of view. Pessoa in my opinion is actually going through his fine art very, very best up to now,and that's the general public perspective, except for Miriam who still has this secret hopeless hope to re- convert the artist to the old models of Modern Art. Too late, if you ask me. Pessoa wastes no time climbing back aboard the now urgent loneliness of his studio, while the fictional Lady Miriam keeps me company as we sadly watch him go,leaving us behind... and he's gone. After a long silent while Miriam Di Rosa stands up and gets ready to go. I light my pipe as I hear her say "It's not all, isn't it? Antonio doesn't need my company nor my advice anymore. Enough Genius IQ, I suppose. " I say nothing. I know exactly what's going on between the two of them, and I also know it's none of my business... well, at least while she is around. "If he's aiming for Genius IQ Perfection that's his problem." she goes on as she walks towards the door. "But my previous experience tells me he was a much better artist, before. Anyway, the great Antonio Pessoa will never be successful if he sticks to this contemporary abstract non-sense. That much I can tell you. He's just trying to be a little innovative but definitely losing the Great Master's touch. It's a shame, really, it's a shame, but there's nothing much I can possibly do about this weird situation. Anyway, guys, take care, all of you. I'll be in touch... I think. Goodbye. " She closes the door behind her. And she's gone! Under my circumstances I kept on smoking my pipe, while recognizing she couldn't have been more mistaken. If to much art studio action can be at times responsible for making the artist's mind dense, it's also true the his controversial relationship with Miriam - always on the verge of actually going down the drain (which miraculously never seems to happen) - hasn't helped much to improve his mood after our tea time nail-bitting session. So after sunset, Jasper drives us to the Meditation Center, nº39. The ultimate shrine for total peace of mind, discernment and relaxation. The most valuable thing you can learn about Meditation multiple benefits is that it indeed shapes your character, provides you with a rewarding inner-self awareness and asures you this happy and healthy well-being, the great foundation that enables you to wake up every single day ready and steady to get up and literally go fot it, whatever that might happens to turn out to be, particularly concerning Antonio Pessoa's challenging life, a great powerful mindset and a solid self-centered unbreakable motivation, more than enough to overcome professional obstacles and general serious commitments. It's imperative by now to understand how these systematic meditation sessions and rituals have contributed immensely for the artist's amazing personal growth and his latest increasing artistic performance success. The power of balance, minimizing all external and internal clutter, recalibrating the artist and assess his direction regularly, implementing higher love principles, clearing out inconsistent behaviors that may eventually push him off track, discerning when it is appropriate to let go or move forward, making honoring his truth in art expression his top priority, honoring and encouraging his continual growth and learning, setting a clear and focused intent so he can share it and follow through to completion, and discovering how to strengthen his character and soul so they can't be bought nor manipulated. Antonio Pessoa has embraced these commandments at Bala Mani's Meditation Center, and since then, he has been teached and coached surrounded himself with Masters of the Mind he believes and trusts, and consequently adopting naturally and gradually a surprising new line attitude, actually the key element that has been a positive and successful step towards his current genius efficiency not only in art performance but in his personal, social and professional life, with remarkable results so far, providing him with the inevitable super easy going skills and know-how to get out and play to win. Pessoa's weelky sessions at the Meditation Center have been setting his mind to face and overcome all professional obstacles plus providing him with a remarkable Know-How and easy-to-doingness when it comes to make the most of his multiple projects, challenges and dreams,let alone his highly effective art performance. The Age of Aquarius has given us the great possibilities of Quantum Physics. There is an infinite universe of intelligent and highly creative energy where the artist pulls out the Quantum Ocean, enabling him to continuously accomplish with little time and effort, his personal lifestyle concept, artistic projects and professional commitments. As an art collector, art critic,art coach and counselor, supporting and reviewing Antonio Pessoa's Life and Work, has proven to be probably the most exciting experience of my seventy-two years of multiple interesting projects all over the world so far. Thereby, as a matter of fact it's rather rewarding just to witness how the artist has actually increased his artistic performance to such an extent of quality, visual impact providing art lovers with a substantial new contemporary literacy, furthermore making it possible for a huge amount of public realize the full potential of his Oeuvre and very particularly of his innovative capacity. Systematically exposing himself to exciting new ideas and perspectives, Antonio Pessoa, with a relevant help from his impressive mindset proceeds with the right attitude, progresses into the future on a full determined one million-steps-forward journey, with the energy, feel, style and proficient imagination, plus his absolute clear purpose serving him and all his collaborators in all important specific areas, possible and "impossible" ways. Back home, we spend the rest of the evening just the two of us, listening to soft music and relaxing at the balcony, emotionally at ease and enjoying the spendid warm night atmosphere and the ongoing cheerful crowd celebrating life down at the charming square. We have dinner, confidently sharing our viewpoints over so many interesting subjects and next thing we know, the square is empty, it's 1 a.m. and we call it a night. Saturday morning, I woke up before the house got really busy, so after having breakfast delivered by Arturo and his wife, consisting in a cross-between mediterranean food and english ham and eggs, I took a stroll along the seaside avenue, not too long a walk, just enough to stretch my legs and let the blood quicly flow into my grey cells as the bright sun rays provided me with enough energy for the rest of the day. When I got back to the artist's Home Studio it seemed as if all hell broke loose. James Babel was once again feeling pretty lousy over David Medina and his usual dread failures. Life basic essentials teach you different ways to look at life. In this specific area, mine and Antonio Pessoa's traditional detachment was indeed being used to our great advantage. As everybody seemed just about to start crawling up the walls, only Pierre Fontanals, the artist and myself, seemed to remain cool, calm and collaborating aiming at finding a snappy solution for what seemed to be the financial crash of the century. Twenty minutes later we all went out for lunch. An early, struggling and out loud speaking nerve- shattering lunch. Bad news is we had Pietro Fabricci to join the club... he and his humorless sense of humor. The artist and the sophisticated and versatile Pierre Fontanals might see him as a smarty-arty sort of clown,or should I say, multifaced juggler clown... never mind... The circus entertainer was after all James Babel and his out of breath manifestation of blame on the guilty one, David Medina for having sold nine valuable masterpieces for a substantial incorrectly measured price. Eating at random and struggling to get his message across, James Babel was losing his self-made man public relations strategy as Antonio Pessoa was getting seriously bored and so was I, just for the record and for all that matters. We left the restaurant in a quite remarkable polite hurry and made our way back home, fortunately quickly recovering from the embarassing sort of everything-you-need-to-know about how to throw a lousy lunch party. Pessoa once again looks slightly bored, moody blue. I suppose so many types of people around him quite often actually succeed to take his concentration away, or at least to a less effective level in which he inevitably can't help feeling awkward enough to continuously avoid situations that might turn out to interfere negatively with his deliciously silent philosophical universe. Very far from being some corny sort of ethereal spiritual mumbo-jumbo, Antonio Pessoa's lifestyle is definitely based upon a practical wisdom and vision of emotional abundance,aiming at making his art performance, private and social life, professional commitments, flourish, grow and expand. Thereby, no wonder his Studio 1's celestial peace is for the artist his ultimate heaven, favorite playground and his divine castle where all ghostly apparitions dissolve and melt away making way for spiritual lightness and proficient creativeness. The artist has become more and more conscious, concerned and aware that what he expects to happen in his art studio - specifically when it comes to excel in art expression is determined by the thoughts he dwells upon plus the intensity of the emotions behind those thoughts. Systematically using imagery to create innovative contemporary art patterns he knows how to give himself the freedom to reach for the stars of supreme awareness (inspiration!), one idea leads to another, and the momentum he generates with these mind tools, one thousand and one visions and beyond, will begin a magical fast shift in his creative power so is art performance becomes a passionate flow of emotions where he finds himself mastering the process of being the ultimate mediator between the reality circus and visual poetry. Art! The mystery about the current amazing chemistry between Antonio Pessoa and Boris Dainville is after all very clear, so it's no mystery al last check whatsoever. They are both emotionally concentrated on the power of all forms of Art, including human relations. They hop on the strong rules of spiritual energy, learning together how to prioritize the great Truth known to all mystics and ancient sages. What they mean to each other, more than sympathetic resonance, is an absolute like attracts like effortless harmony, sharing the same life approach in which basically the only possible option is to be and feel absolutely alive. So this Saturday, once again, they keep in touch over the phone, as the artist goes on working on several canvases and watercolors at the same time and I keep him company as I sit quietly reading, taking notes or simply watching him suggest awesome visual propositions with every painting brush stroke as time goes slowly and pleasurably by in Studio 1 and as the sun beams keep coming in anticipating yet another delicious warm subtropical night. Once again we're having dinner at the comfy balcony. Antonio Pessoa looks relaxed now,however thoughtful, sharing the silence with me, plenty aware that I, more than anyone else in the world, can make out the essence of his pondering, even in the silence, or when we talk exchanging ideas, projects, secrets, concepts, dreams, you name it, I'm able to read the underlines, able to accurately interpret the inner-areas of the artist's intimate reflections and thereby succeed to come up with a rather clear picture of his current perspective of the whole field of life, world, art... and beyond. He is a complex, informed, wise distinguished man. He has embraced the whole creative process, art studio, lifestyle and beyond. This is the big one, and this is the main reason why I've been reviewing his Life and Work for the past ten years up to now. Some of Antonio Pessoa's top qualities are definitely his increasing capacity to keep his mind on task, it actually gets easier and easier for the artist to become fully focused on what's more important, beginning with his art studio daily action, indeed a creative ritual which has become a pleasurable and inevitable part of his life. Also using his subconscious to accept that what he desires is possible to achieve, even his wildest dreams, keeps him steady on the right track and mastering the art of being ready when the magic happens, like something he will most certainly will enjoy, even when it comes in the most unexpected ways. Pessoa handles this emotion-charged feelings aiming at expand his multiple issues and areas,an ever growing display of fascinating projects, leading him to reach higher levels of living the ultimate Life Supreme! After dinner we move back to the studio, where Scotch is served in cognac snifters by the silent-polite Arturo. He leaves us alone as the phone rings announcing an incoming call fromm Felix Nuñez. Felix Nuñez is taking care of the artist's affairs in San Francisco, CA, and he has been doing it for over two years already, now. From the five minutes conversation I can figure out Nuñez has successfully added three more reputable art collectors to the artist's U.S.A. crème de la crème clients list. Fair enough. Pessoa hangs up the phone with a broad smile of satisfaction on his face. "This young man is just about to hit the big time, Jacob, and so are we"he says. "You are, not me" I say "I'm just an innocent bystander. But I like it! Are you hearing me complaining?" We're laughing out loud, now... making a toast to good health. The Art World! Bigger names have come and gone, but few careers in contemporary fine art have been more consistently interesting over the last ten years than Antonio Pessoa's. Painstakingly careful and accurate the artist goes on this Saturday after midnight exhaustively staining here and there, living up to his art studio wizard reputation. His latest paintings are just amazing, passionate and so chromatically beautiful and at the same time deliciously absurd in their successful attemp to reproduce the artist's serious sensory experiences. Saturday's featured artist, takes the midnight express absolutely motivated and comfy in the spacious comfort of Studio 1. Into art action now completely, his burning fire seems to go higher and higher, and once again I feel helplessly inspired as I watch him dancing about the awesome scenario, mainly furnished by huge easels, gigantic and medium size canvases, oak tables covered with an apparent chaotic display of finished and unfinished watercolors, drawings, collages, mixed medias and small sketches here and there and everywhere. There's a beautiful abstract acrylic on watercolor paper on a chair I hadn't noticed the day before. I ask him where did it come from. The artist tells me he started doing it yesterday, and that's where he was actually writing this wonderful weekend poetry. What poetry, I just asked, not because I didn't know what he was talking about, I did, but just to get my private kick, well, mainly to make conversation. "Momentum takes over " he says "It's easy enough to dream and plan big projects, but when it comes to see a particular weekend measurable progress, nothing like a watercolor to draw the whole map. It's like an episode. That's what it's meant to be. The Weekend Report!" So that was it, I thought. Antonio Pessoa's intention generator was on once again, with the rushed busy flow of his eclectic style, the artist's ever present amazing capacity to see artistic challenges as supreme opportunities working toward innovative ideas, as he goes on and on staining here and there filled with passion, creative fire and almost childish excitement. Suddenly he stops and looks at me as taken by surprise, slightly puzzled and definitely amused. "I don't know why I bother to go on painting, it's almost 2 a.m., you must be tired and I'm keeping you here, Jacob. We should be going to bed and call it a night." "Let your inner light shine, my friend, go on with what you were doing and please do not worry about me. I'm quite alright and very entertained if you ask me." The artist shrugged and said. "Just a few minutes more and then we'll have another scotch on the balcony." I watch him as he gets back down to work. Antonio Pessoa's amazing power of persistence, I thought, that's the real secret for his artistic success. It's always been as far as I can recall. And it was indeed 2 a.m. by then. As soon as I discovered it was already 11:30 a.m., I jumped out of bed, simultaneously recasting my priorities, such as a good cold shower and a late breakfast delivered by a silent Jasper at the spacious kitchen, all part of a process of treating me like a special honor guest. After taking a look a the ongoing situation in the artist's Home Studio as I watched my energy level raise up by witnessing the energetically vibrating excitement of everyone's pleasurable working flux and flow, every step I take toward Antonio Pessoa's contemporary Fine Art shrine, Studio 1, the clearer it became that he had company this morning. As I got closer to the door, I knew the artist was facing a new challenge today. Listening patiently to Boris Dainville's latest episodes. I let myself in and after taking a sit and picking up my notepad, I had to face the fact that Boris Dainville had just been through yet another love affair setback with a strange woman from Dublin who at last check proved to be a tough pill to swallow for the millionaire and enthusiastic art collector's delicate emotional attachment, another overwhelming failure to join his rich content love affairs diary. Now that I come to think of it I have to admit The Beatles were right when they came up with "Can't buy me Love" song. No matter the stage of art performance Antonio Pessoa finds himself in, he can't help run through a whole fully concentrated working day,without being almost systematically interrupted by unexpected visitors out of his endless list of unique soul mates. Although this list seems to be the list of an artist with a pretty wide and diverse social life, unquestionable fact, the pros and cons of this circumstance after all very often provides him with a rather awkward momentum, sometimes in the form of a focus saboteur, when art action remains stuck, eventually totally inactive, while these overwhelming unexpected last minute visitors, may prove to be long lasting gossip overloaded whimperish meetings, classified information sessions, where his best and closest friends, as bizarre as it may sound, come to his Studio and to his arms seeking wise advice on multiple emotional subjects, soul mates who at a certain point of their lives seem to know little or nothing about how to handle a specific situation, particularly concerning matters of the flesh, of course. Although I know and have to admit that running away from this almost daily inevitable scenario may be Pessoa's first instinct, somehow he ethically finds it more beneficial to meet it head-on, taking a different approach to every different situation. A valuable exercise! The artist's good listener magic is thereby created from being a giving person who gives to giving people, such as Boris Dainville. The day goes by as the three of us continue the communicating process, through lunch, another art session time, tea time, a sunset walk along the boulevard and by dinner time we were basically emotionally exhausted, literally almost passing out on the dining room floor, a simple way to put down in words how Boris Dainville's love affairs setbacks can turn out to become a totally thumbs down negative feelings network. Anyway, just before midnight the lover boy goes away for good after seven seasons with the saints, leaving us alone in a sea of sighs in the ultimate effort to pull ourselves together, having the last one for the road double Scotch on the rocks at the exotic balcony overlooking the stunning bay. Some Sunday! I woke up monday morning to join the temper- based complaints of Miriam Di Rosa at the steaming breakfast fancy round table. Contrary to what she seems decided to believe, the artist is not bound for getting easily trapped on her nightmarish reality, nor is he willing to be mistakenly dropped off on her outmoded planet. "Why isn't your Art the way it should be? Just the way it used to be?" She complains as Antonio Pessoa copes as best as possible with her sadness, with his traditional well-being, tolerance and joy-even detachment-as a pure realization that after all her opinion matters, in spite of her stubborn unwillingness to take the ultimate step and expand her vision into the larger and far more innovative world of contemporary art. This hard to deal conversation goes on for about one hour, while Miriam's unsuccessful attempts to overcome her hidden desperation became more and more obvious till the moment the artist and I get up and leave the kitchen, however no fast enough to miss her last disappointed remark. "If you don't change your artistic style I don't know what I will do!" That's the high price for artistic freedom. I watch his amazing latest artworks as we once again enter Studio 1. This room has become his holy retreat, his world, his destiny. There was only one particular mixed media on watercolor paper which had been puzzling me throughout the whole weekend. "One last thing... why don't you have it finished yet?" I asked the artist. "Well... I suppose I'll do it tonight, my friend... this one is a special combination of our latest interesting events... including yourself" He smiled. A naughty smile. "What do you actually have in mind?" I asked as I came closer to the unfinished artwork. "Because this one is The Weekend Report". Jasper took me to the airport after lunch. While we zipped along the highway, suddenly I got the whole picture. After all that has been his secret all the way during these days. The ultimate relationship between real life and artistic interpretation. The Weekend Report! Antonio Pessoa After Midnight Going out, wandering about downtown, walking around and maybe pay Louise Ragot a visit, always that dimlit place, Ragot's Art Deco looking den, of what once breathed like life and love, however now it's just a dimlit den of sorts. Delightful art clocks, Pop Art paintings and the old record player handsomely showcased in the solid wood and veneer cabinet.Fancy! At Ragot's there's always the chance of hearing the door bell ring and one of her After Midnight friends showing up for a free psychotherapy session. Urgent cognitive-behaviour techniques with the After Midnight intervention secret resources of Lady Ragot. Besides the Pop Art small size paintings of her art collection, five oils on canvas signed Antonio Pessoa, (A Pessoa!), among a carefully curated selection of elegantly framed Nude Art photography. It's the new city, the Now town, the After Midnight twilight zone, the time of the eternal open relationships, the kinky preferences network, tasteful mysterious moves, and "professional" lifestyle... bizarre and sometimes even stimulating! Oh my God, the artist told me, that night at 5:30 a.m. he stumbled upon Nadine, a silent night angel, blonde and freezing and dressed to kill.Smashing! She didn't have much to say, so he told me with that peculiar smile on his face. She was like three personalities in one or at least he thought so or maybe that's what she pretended, in a silent ultimate effort to make him believe that behind the apparently dull looking doll there might as well be the inner special one. Give me a break! Furthermore the four things she told him she liked actually sounded absolutely unspeakable. So what? What did he expect? After Midnight, the weird designed ride! When yoy think you actually can do whatever you want... I suppose something the artist always wanted to believe was true. And then, what? The Chinese Restaurant! Pessoa goes in, there's nobody in the big exotic room but the cook... it's almost 6 a.m. and he tells him "Too late, we close, no, we no see girl of yours, no more ask please..." Another bar,and he told me later what had just crossed his mind. True love! Sometimes you know it the instant you see it across the bar. However, and I truly believe him, there was no one there but the same old bald wrinkled bartender. Really amazing, inspiring awesome surrealism. After all, it seems After Midnight's twilight zone can set his imagination free. Blind faith, I told him, because thinking is hard. However, the artist was already aware of it... Time goes by. So here comes the night, here comes the night once again, the After Midnight express entering the Twilight Zone one more time. Tonight (must be Wednesday, Thursday... or even Friday... who cares...), James Babel, one of the artist's regular art dealers is off to Madrid with no paintings in and no joy, Boris Dainville is breaking no news from London town and Louise Ragot is nowhere to be seen, let alone reached. Antonio Pessoa tells me over the phone about his "nerve-shattering" negotiations (in a manner of speaking) with Maxwell Armstrong and Sylvia Abbot. He tells me sometimes he feels he would be better off living in the tropical Canary Islands for good, after telling the whole godforsaken art business to get lost. I know he is just overreacting, he says it but doesn't mean it... or at least deep down inside I still don't believe he has reached that point of absolute detachment to actually say goodbye, so long, I've had it, that dit it and flip-flop and fly away. He tells me yesterday night he didn't feel like going off to bed, so he went out for another After Midnight real-life explorer delicious Let's-see-what-Happens ride on his own. After a while driving around he goes to the Meditation Center, managed by Bala Mani, an indian art collector, a wealthy prematurely retired businessman from New Delhi who decided to spend the rest of his life providing others with the wisdom and knowledge of Universal Awareness and Silent Meditation. One of the After Midnight available spots the artist loves the most. Open twenty four hours a day, it provides emotional- support for anyone willing to experience the mindfullness well-being with the powerful inspiring easy-to-do methods of deep spiritual relaxation and cosmic insight. Martin Faber introduces Bala Mani to the artist back in 2004, during his second art show in Chicago, IL. However only in the past two years Antonio Pessoa becomes seriously involved and emotionally ready and motivated to fully commit himself to the wonderful universe of inner-self discovery through meditation daily sessions and self-disciplined rituals. Bala Mani also becomes one of the artist's regular clients, acquiring on a monthly basis a significant amount of his latest New Era contemporary artworks, furthermore coming up with the concept Timeless Time, which indeed turned out to become the title of Pessoa's most recent art productions. Antonio Pessoa reaches his Universal Awareness inner-self discovery, Supreme Meditation interest, passion and commitment apotheosis, thereby giving birth to amazing contemporary fine art wonders such as "Night Gospel", "Living Joy", "The Belief Generator", "Spiritual Light", "Free", "Night Wits", "Intuition", "Mind Explorer", "Perception"... just to mention a few. It makes perfect sense the obvious association of Bala Mani with the artist's subject mutation, definitely for much better, very particularly in visual abstract neo-surrealistic quality. In spite of the fact that After Midnight doesn't substantially belong to the fine art series of Spiritual Enlightenment - oriented Oeuvre, yet, it is nevertheless inspired by a similar persistent response at this highly emotional relation with life... or in this particular painting... with nightlife metamorphic sensorial metaphysics, definitely the role of a wandering poet across the perceptive mystery of the night time city outdoors. It's Saturday Night, the Queen of nightlife, and tonight I keep the artist company, while we talk about his latest artworks. Actually, I have little interest in the After Midnight scene, but my main motivation is to be as much as possible with the artist, my friend and my work's leading role actor. Being thirty two years older than him doesn't seem to be important. It never did and it never will. On the contrary,our chemistry is incresingly reaching perfection. We have some chinese for starters, that same exotic restaurant downtown, at a specific time when we are the only "innocent bystanders", enjoying our privacy and talking mainly about art and life. In the mean time we both seem to be making the most of the great cuisine selection randomly displayed all over the round table. Spring rolls, Shu Mai dumplings with pork ans shrimp, Egg Custard tarts, Chicken Chop Suey, Zodiac noodles, Won Ton soup, Har Gau... Wow!!!! It seems that the restaurant's owner whole family (but the cook...) are starring at us from the far end of the insence smelling exoctic temple. They don't laugh, they don't smile, they don't talk... just standing still starring at us with this blank, emotionless expression on their marble skin faces. Fair enough. I love the Oriental way, so does Pessoa. Antonio Pessoa is definitely a different man after midnight hour. In my opinion the city's nightlife provides him with an alternate outlook of existence metaphysics. More non-material, rather sensual, abandonely relaxed, almost deliciously blue-mooded in his glamorous lonesome way. A peculiar contrast but true. This could be the beginning of a beautiful friendship, between the artist and the worldwide art lovers community. I know this has the makings of a good punch line, but it's a good starting point, for whatever is coming up along the communication express on-going stimulating process, concerning the life and Oeuvre of one of the most controversial and unique artists of today's contemporary art times. This is no B movie whatsoever, rather a real-life play, where anything can happen, even the unexpected, unpredictable, unthinkable, unanswered and why not, even the unacceptably unspeakable. So let the dice roll and the show must go on, mysterious, delicious, contemporary, abstract, mystic and Neo-Surrealistic. Day time art studio living or lively night shift wandering, it's just wonderful to know art is being made based upon true facts, meanwhile real-life facts are being put down in words based upon the overview across the realms of artistic imagery. Free expression speech communication provides us once again with the priviledge of being in touch, sharing and exchange criterions of all sorts, tendencies and styles. Most importantly, we are here and now setting the measures of exciting multiple ideas, ideals, concepts and references. Writing and speaking on behalf of a contemporary fine art project, larger than life, and describe what art lovers should know about The Life and Oeuvre of an artist indeed making way for one of the most charming, eclectic and visually awesome art collections in today's artscene, turns out to be a truly fulfilling and rewarding experience, an exciting daily ritual I certainly wouldn't give up, not even for all the gold in the world. Life is a mysterious adventure for all of us, a wonderful odyssey for many of us who have the pleasurable privilege to be able to enjoy all forms of expression, all forms of art, music, literature, poetry, motion pictures, architecture... and in this particular dimension, visual arts, yet more specifically, contemporary art. And precisely it is in this awesome universe that we are indeed bound to be in touch, able to share and communicate and most importantly looking forward to grow in knowledge, perception, sensitiveness, information, education, culture and artistic erudition. At the contemporary headquarters, Antonio Pessoa's Studio 1, is indeed where everything really happens. Did I say everything? Yes. Everything and anything. Particularly and most important of all within the artist's mind, right where the visualization borns, grows up, gains context and concept and usually takes off like a supersonic idea speeding up across the cybernetic timeless space! Being an artist in today's competitive world requires a whole lot more than self- control, patience, determination, artistic quality, public relations know-how and supreme imagination. As a matter of fact, indeed, one actually has got to be an ultimate genius, particularly when it comes to human resources management, aiming at implementing motivation and the perfect dynamic mindset in everyone, one way or another, among the Project collaborators team. Stimulating and difficult task, at the same time. These days, Antonio Pessoa finds himself in the middle of a truly brainstorming multiple-projects breathtaking challenges full-swing agenda. From San Francisco to Paris, from London to Madrid, his endless list of coworkers contacts and systematic phone ringing interferences, indeed turns out to be a racing unavoidable on-going play on his daily life, providing him with a substantial extra-burden from which inevitably derive scant idyllic moments let alone eventually some headaches to go with. However, in spite of this tension-filled daily-weekly flurry bursts, (what do you know) somehow the artist successfully manages to maintain a pleasurable harmonious atmosphere in his art studio, social life and professional commitments cinematic flux. Definitely, Antonio Pessoa's life could be a quality movie script, always challenging, fascinating, adventurous and new. In the mean time it's rather entertaining and even amusing just to witness the way people continuously respond to his magnet-like positive energy, and particularly witness how he always seems to be living on the edge throughout his eight days a week dynamic working rhythm, managing sooner rather than later to strengthen those whose hearts are fully commited to his multiple projects. That's life, that's the life, that's the larger than life lifestyle! Lately, one of Pessoa's best friends, Boris Dainville, asked him "How much courage does it take to be an artist?". The painter, standing in front of the huge easel, slowly turned around and told him with this childlike enigmatic expression of startled innocence on his face "The question, Boris, is how much courage would it take me not to be one." Remarkable.Fact! Since 1997, when I first met Antonio Pessoa, I've been having the almost preverted privilege to record (and therefore evaluate and consequently report...) amazing episodes, unexpected changes, absolute dillematic crossroads, sometimes turning into a truly nail-biting decision taking struggling urgency, and ending up in yet just another full-swing display of everything-or-nothing spectacular, even unspeakable, love, sweat and tears sort of adventures. Nevertheless, he always did manage to go back to his studio (wherever it might have been at any specific point of his recent past colorful life...) and get down to work once again, totally focused, coming up with new artistic surprises, and most importantly remaining miraculously untraumatized as if nothing had happened. Nothing at all! Boris Dainville, tired of London's full- swing day in day out and social nightlife british gossip, comes once again to spend the weekend with the artist, and in the mean time gets off his chest all that physical and psychological pressure and stress of his current lifestyle circunstances. The both keep each others company, enjoying good conversation as always and in so doing once again establishing their similar outlooks of metropolitan life's pros and cons, existencialism-based black humor fluent literacy, and obviously, modern art, contemporary art, poetry, music, motion pictures, gossip, philosophical frequently asked questions, History, religion and more gossip. Boris loves Antonio Pessoa's latest contemporary fine art series, and sits for hours and hours in a row talking and watching the artist at work, while they go on and on exchanging the most interesting subjects available, still with more gossip updates to go with it. At last, FM Music playing on the cosy restaurant's old 60's radio, it's 8 p.m., saturday evening, as we have dinner in front of the sea, our visual charming beach bar and grill with a full menu of great mediterranean sea food, after which we enjoy our sunset cocktails, first chatting randomly then inevitably leading to more intimate conversation and at last planning our trip to West Hollywood. However, the artist doesn't seem to share our systematic interest in one of my favorite cities, Los Angeles, let alone leave the comfort of his Home Studio for a (maybe boring for him...) cultural calendar in southern California. Antonio Pessoa's Home Studio, always the idyllic fine art cathedral where his intimate friends always seem to be leaving reality behind and enter the world of tomorrow's art fantasy.Fact. That's Life! Antonio Pessoa these days is working on more than twenty canvases simultaneously, let alone the watercolors super-production taking place at his Studio 7. No big deal for the artist, if you ask me. As a matter of fact it seems quite an easy-to-do multi-tasking process for the vital energy generating dynamic studio veteran. Boris Dainville and myself, sunny Sunday afternoon, we take a sit at the artist's Studio 1 as he finishes "That's Life", acrylic on canvas. Another charming symphony of colors, or shall we say, another visual delight symphonic contemporary fine art victory. "That's Life" is obviously reflecting Pessoa's latest full-swing daily-weekly striking motion picture, from his art studio breathtaking performance to his professional commitments overloaded agenda, from his personal life's outs and abouts to the challenging multiple projects he and his brainstorming collaborators from all over Europe, United States and even Latin America, are unquestionably fully commited to and by all means absolutely excited and enthusiastic about. That's Life! That's Antonio Pessoa's colorful and increasingly exciting life at his worldwide performance very best. Eventually breaking traditional patterns, this time it was Boris Dainville who actually came up with the accurate title "That's Life", for this polychromatic polimotion spectacular and even ambiguously entertaining contemporary abstract neo-surrealistic mainstream cutting-edge fine art canvas. Furthermore, I must claim,one of my favorites among the artist's most recent series. My opinion (as an art critic and art collector) leading to suggest a special public attention to Pessoa's on-going artistic quality achievements, where the striking visual impact makes a relevant difference between the current average and by all means Antonio Pessoa's unquestionable innovative contemporary new line. That's quality art! That's Life!!!! Antonio Pessoa recently came up with a rather brilliant concept named "MASTERPIECE". Not what you might be thinking or imagining right now.Not a painting, at least for the time being but actually a high-quality concept related with Mind Power and subsequently with art performance and lifestyle know-how. In short, the artist decides to turn his life into a spectacular Masterpiece! Breaking News! A Kingdom where everything fits and everything makes perfect sense, even when apparently the circumstances point out to the red lights of a general puzzling situation and sometimes even chaos. Sitting in his Doing without Doing comfortable leather armchair, Pessoa turns on his striking Mind Explorer search engine and after downloading the latest updates he is ready for another voyage across the Super Mind Universe. No matter how long it takes, he only takes action when his intuitive-logical reasoning makes sure everything makes perfect sense once again and it's action time! Not only deep down inside but throughout his year-after-year journey increasing awareness and self confidence, Pessoa truly knows how - one way or another - order out of chaos, train his brain and body for focused success and thereby once again make a striking Masterpiece out of his personal and professional life. After all he has proven to be a genius, not only in his larger than life high quality art expression, but overcoming disappointment, setbacks and at last check as by magic come the other side emotionally a whole lot stronger. When the contemporary master painted FREE, he sure knew exactly what he had in mind, what he was spiritually and emotionally up to, in short, set himself free of all the negative forces, turn on his super powerful imagination, install his wide Knowledge toolbar and higher, taller and stronger than ever, totally focused on his top of the list priorities, relax, cool down, and now with his easy-to-do intuition machine in full-swing... Abracadabra! Make a sensational Masterpiece out of his life. Free! It seems as if the artist starts everyday with a clean white canvas where he is going to express his top secrets to success and proceed with them in all that he will do 24 hours in a row. Surrounded himself with a team of believers, professionals in all areas, ready to step out everyday and network within his scope of top of the list priorities and Must accomplishments, his life is unquestinably day after day becoming a true Masterpiece.Fact. Antonio Pessoa, inevitably the Captain of his own ship, besides his challenging art studio performance, keeps on developing his mindset, leadership skills and global attitude in order to be able to take risks on a daily basis, confront systematic changes with open arms, thereby amazingly attracting all that he wants and creating his own MASTERPIECE! Excellent concept. He actually named it to claim it! To turn disadvantages and setbacks into advantages and prosperity, has indeed become one of his most remarkable talents, let alone his mastery when it comes to listen and follow his intuition and instinct, a reference brand of his global reputation. Thereby, no wonder Antonio Pessoa's innovative concept of Life-beautiful and Free, meaning The Masterpiece, is not only achieving the unlimited nature of personal happiness, but actually creating already a consistent now-reality in his professional commitments and most important of all in his Life's rock solid integrity, perfect sense and global success! The way I see it (...and I'm not the only one...) - and believe me, I know what I'm talking about - the artist's fascinating and very specifically, rewarding process of setting himself Free... and consequently lead a truly fulfilling life, excelling in art performance, personal issues and professional systematic accomplishments... is indeed by now coming up with truly amazing positive results. By adding The Masterpiece factor into the Free brilliant equation, Pessoa instantly illustrates this with such a magnificent contemporary fine art king-size canvas precisely titled FREE! Antonio Pessoa thereby uses the Art-Pleasure-Time principle as an instant, also efficient gratification, his transparent secret with a potentially very big result. Emotional Freedom! However, his top commitments more than remaining safely untouched, they gradually gain more and more positive attitude and mind-power togetherness. A truly fantastic combination. Maybe (just maybe) I have the privilege to be among the few people who actually fully understands the artist's outlook of life and most importantly his sharp perception of his inner-self. That's another reason which contributes to make Free, one of the most significant, important and meaningful paintings of his latest art collection. Let me explain. Antonio Pessoa, more than anyone I came across in my life, fully understands the power of his thought and imagination, enabling him to establish the "Doing without Doing" concept as one of his most dominant omnipresent Zen-oriented visualization of effortless action based in the wise principle that says that in the practice of the way, everyday something is dropped, less and less do you need to force things until finally you arrive at supreme manifestation through powerful action, only this time now with no struggle whatsoever. That is the artist's out in the open secret, the very heart and soul of his Masterpiece conceptual visualization and definitely his stairway to Freedom. Free, is the paradigmatic painting which - for obvious reasons - turned out to get the important task of being the gatekeeper-guarding the emotional freedom visualization that is increasingly growing and gaining solid shape, body, meaning and power in the artist's mind. Antonio Pessoa is by now unquestionably the spiritual forerunner of all contemporary artists. This great truth is known to all his closest friends, and as good news also travel fast, this truth is thereby becoming globally accepted, cheered and admired by a wide community of art lovers and public in general, thereby gradually becoming his faithful followers, as the artist's energetic waves vibrate and are brought near them as a new revelation artistic-spiritual sympathetic resonance. The Masterpiece concept making way for an impressive and remarkable positive transformation coming into his life, is constantly feeding his creative inspiration with brand-new aspects of reality, innovative images and cutting-edge ideas. Free, is the best example so far of this mindfulness, self-awareness and positive beliefs aiming at achieving the most rewarding of all goals. Art Supreme... and Emotional Freedom! A Life quickly becoming a Masterpiece! Virtue elements, such as focus, patience, tenacity and commitment, have been some of the better options in the artist's life throughout the years up to now, providing him with a relaxed, glamorous, fulfilling lifestyle, thereby allowing not only his artistic achievements pursuit sufficient time to grow and develop but also his personal-social life to have a brilliant positive impact on the non-fiction amazing story that his life has been, is and most certainly will be. As for now, prioritizing important issues such as turn his life into a Masterpiece, is where imagination ties in with focus, the dream of yet a better present and an even better future, by placing more value on the steps in between and all along the way! Not only mind-power, inner-self awareness and determination are required, but actually a great deal of talent, yes, talent aiming at reaching the wonderful state of Freedom by making Life the ultimate Masterpiece. The Light by which Antonio Pessoa's life is systematically guided, more than the lamp of experience, is the burning flame of positive thinking and rock solid courage to accomplish higher levels of personal growth, such as total emotional Freedom, a wonderland of supreme happiness inspired by the world's greatest faith. Universal Love! The Masterpiece concept, the artist's ultimate formula, is by now powerfully crushing and eliminating the last negative influences bad seeds and definitely providing him with a grab-it-now, go-for-it super vital energy and consequently with a cutting edge skyrocket quality artistic productivity. Antonio Pessoa's Free, and Live-the-Life-you-dream Masterpiece concept, takes off from his solid mindset, his technique of powerful visualisation as he actually put himself successfully in a privileged situation of global fulfillment. Here we go.You might enjoy reading the next paragraphs to grasp the concept and thereby come closer to fully understand the artist's fascinating universe. For starters, the difference between him and most of today's art scene contemporary artists, believe me, is the very fact that he has developed, particularly throughout the past three years, a very focused, trained and powerful Mind. Now, Pessoa visualises, feels, emotionally reasons and at last he can invent and communicate every innovative idea through quality art expression. Read more... FREE... and the Masterpiece concept is after all the beautiful togetherness, a global living arquitectural breakthrough entitled to expand his knowledge, perception and every available emotional tools - mind, body and soul - an apparently complex process, however for him, due to his large experience and mastery in this field, a pleasurable easy-to-do emotional and intuitive processor that by now enables him to excel in art studio performance, to live and enjoy life to its fullest extent. Unlimited Freedom! FREE - What is the world public saying by now about Antonio Pessoa's winds of changes... as far as their eyes can see? Is his quality new line of contemporary fine art series an accurate reflection of his successful dynamic lifestyle? Let me explain. The Masterpiece concept is above all the artist's state of mind. The thought that we always have the choice is one of the most relevant notions of the Free canvas process, very particularly Antonio Pessoa's The Masterpiece concept. Through this free options endless Universe, the artist stands before every each of his now life's red traffic lights at the intersection he is eventually and actually daily approaching. That's precisely where experience, knowledge, decision-taking efficiency, talent, perception, intuition and most importantly, imagination, do actually come in. A great living combination is seriously at stake, Life Supreme, Art Emotion, The Masterpiece! And so it seems, as I personally profoudly believe it, there's no way back. He never gives in, never in nothing, great or small, large or petty, he never, never gives in except to convictions of Freedom, Emotional Greatness, Universal Love, global good sense... Life Supreme... The Masterpiece! The Masterpiece concept, as Pessoa visualises it, is really about making a wonderful life-plan and following through, cultivating innovative ideas and the mindset that is by now bringing him joy, fulfillment and excellent artistic performance. The Masterpiece concept turns out to be after all mainly a mental toolkit of practices he does implement to ensure his thoughts and actions lead to a quality level of Life Supreme! In two words - worth two thousand two hundred images - the wise Masterpiece freedom generating process, holds the golden secret keys to unleashing full global togetherness, super potential and definitely a rewarding legendary life. Waking up for a striking new adventure, that is the question and that is the miracle at stake. Values and beliefs, talents and passions, true purpose and life absolute meaning... The Masterpiece, Antonio Pessoa's everlasting partner and lifetime commitment, starting yesterday its fascinating non-fiction motion picture, bound to make a big, big difference and just about to take place in the huge magical screen of Universal Freedom Inn. Pessoa's effective Masterpiece concept generates desire to strive for things that were thought to be impossible before. The greatest reward lies in positive thinking, thereby the artist's mental conditioners to power up his Masterpiece absolute conceptual process, art long programming his whole vital energy and creativity to strive for the dreams he loves the most, setting his sights on higher artistic and public performances as his global abilities and skills grow in structure, quality, effectiveness and communicative chemistry. The stairway to everlasting emotional Freedom! That's absolutely contemporary, that's magical, that's Art, that's the ultimate cutting-edge Masterpiece! Aiming at the ultimate power of spiritual-emotional-social-universal-artistic Freedom, Antonio Pessoa adopts the pace of nature, his Secret leading him fast to the wonderful Life Supreme. Plenty of time researching, studying, thinking and patiently feeling, gut instinct development pointing towards the right direction... when everything suddenly starts making perfect sense and all the natural elements come into place, the perfect life's combination, exactly what it was meant to be, a worthwhile awesome adventure, the Free state of mind, the absolute togetherness, The Masterpiece. Simple as that... in spite of the inevitable complexity and commitment intensiveness of the long but rewarding journey. The artist uses his mind to create the wonderful reality he desires by forming a clear image of the true purposes of his life including his art performance daily living and brilliant creativeness. This spacious Universe of materializing and particularly manifesting this interesting talented and delightful combination, is actually where he is totally focused in driving his full potential into. Basically the idea is to follow a path of mind control that is by now leading him to experience a supreme state of consciousness, powerfully effective and bright like a transparent crystal, thereby accomplishing whatever form of lifestyle and art expression he wishes and decides to explore and consequently achieve. A blissful concept, the ultimate level of quality imagination, the absolute chemistry of higher conceptual elements aiming at a better, faster, richer living experience. Freedom, the ultimate destination of life transformation, is the artist's current key formula he has come up with to indeed being able to influence imagination to such an extent that effortlessly life's whole combination becomes... The Masterpiece! Some kind of Magic! Living in the fast lane of Elite, Pessoa goes on and on and on... inventing his own lifestyle. His philosophy on life is very simple. Life is too great to be little and he isn't specially concerned with what other people thinks of him. He knows he can solve most of the daily problems, his strenght lies within, it doesn't come from any outside forces. Self - Education of the highest merit! Thereby he takes chance after chance, aiming for the ultimate Freedom through imagination, individual style, truth, self- faithfulness and most importantly, a super motivated minset. A hero of his self-made circunstances, Antonio Pessoa travels through the big Art City, visiting systematically the affluent, high-class neighborhood, talks to the art collectors, artists,art critics, gallerists, just to discover the same old thing. There are a whole lot more exciting opportunities out of the art scene zone, just about to be explored. The Keys, so he keeps on telling me all of the time, are quite simple. Whatever he gives his attention to and focuses on, shapes his Supreme Combination, the artist creates the perfect stage to determine and thereby create his ultimate destiny. Creative success, emotional prosperity and absolute happiness, resulting in the magical rewarding cause and effect all in one. The Masterpiece! It's definitely not an illusion. It's a Must on-going now-reality, taking place in every aspect of Pessoa's increasingly exciting life. This larger than life concept, made reality by the artist, holding with rock solid determination the handle of faith, has landed in the Here and Now Wonderland of the one thousand and one secrets of stress-free life. No adrenaline rushes required, even when the art scene pressure gets as hot as hot can be. Consumed with loving, playful artistic performance, enjoying inner, professional and social life fully, Antonio Pessoa is absolutely trusting the supreme flow, connected with a high-level of emotional potential and a perpetual vital energy, a freedom flow of bliss within himself. The ecstasy everlasting state he has achieved successfully using invention and full-swing imagination as the Ultimate Oeuvre, the higher form of Art, where the entire Universe became his playground and Freedom the omnipresent flow of his River of Life! Divine mindfullness in the Now, celebrating the Now state of perpetual ebb and flow of the tides, celebrating his fulfilling existence and in so doing becoming the Master of his Art, of all arts,and most important of all the Master of Life. The Truth shows up as the rising summer sun, showing the wonderful infinite nature of The Masterpiece! Sharp cognitive abilities and imagination are the artist's basic essentials in the exciting process of the making of The Masterpiece. Mind power function efficiently zaps away all negative forces and interferences, and a new striking creative energy flows and his nutrient imagination is optimal to such an extent that putting all the pieces together to solve life's mysterious puzzles and overcome all obstacles and crossroads, suddenly turns out to be a rather enjoyable, entertaining easy-to-do task, and the more he now experiences Life Supreme the better it becomes. Pessoa's now powerful attraction to manifest what he wishes the most, Emotional Freedom and Super Artistic Performance, is the golden key to the Masterpiece concept, to the Absolute Freedom project absolute effectiveness, perception of himself and reality making the whole Universe conspire and thereby providing him with the magical tools to make and update the top quality privilege of living and being alive, while achieving the highest level of self- fulfillment. Life Supreme! At last, Here and Now, so easy to do it in a snap. Just fun ways for the artist to raise his manifesting vibration and thereby reach higher and higher levels of hopefulness, expectation, art studio action perfect alignment, joy, excitement, emotional intelligence, literally taking full control of life and manipulating at will the making of his most adventurous, daring, colorful and rewarding ultimate Work of Art. It seems to be more than perfectly clear, there is no doubt that artist Antonio Pessoa is fully determined to achieve his Masterpiece-Oeuvre resolutions, one by one, one day at a time for ever and starting yesterday. That's his wisest choice and he's doing it today, tomorrow, everyday. He turns his Masterpiece concept resolution in a few, easy-to-do simple common sense steps. He dares to dream, he excells in decision-making, he intuitively defines the abstract notions of living, developing plans,dreams, visions and projects, and he does it on a pleasurable, exciting systematic daily basis. A permanent Life Supreme lifetime resolution, something so wonderful that is with him for good. Furthermore it's pretty obvious he has become a much better artist, a privileged man, he is loving it all the way and enjoying the exciting journey. Free! It's vitally important to put what the artist Free process is all about, into words. The concrete steady meaning of the canvas creates right from the start an enduring set of exciting short-term, long-term commitments, however almost a virtual space in which is spontaneously visualized and emotionally accomplished in one fell swoop the whole concept of quality living. A Big Dream? Definitely. By all means the greatest Artwork Pessoa could have possibly come up with, the most challenging, exciting and rewarding of all dreams. Must I remind you - just in case - the level where all Life elements Must and do Match! The Supreme Understanding as to how the artist deals with his life, relationships and his career path, which fits entirely into the Free - Freedom - process and into the frame of the Masterpiece combination phenomenon. Time out! The artist decided before taking the first steps to make this real commited decision. Freedom was the priority number one, The Prize, and as a result, living a life of excellence turned out to be a current natural process in his awesome agenda. And he is definitely succeeding! The Magnet keeps on growing in strength and alignment, the energy to excel gains more power as imagination keeps on producing more and more creative elements filling up the exciting colorful puzzle-game titled The Masterpiece. However, there is no single secret. It's rather a combination of many different items. A Formula! The following principles, imagination, universal love, strategies, emotional positive heartbeat and daily fully determined action are after all the magical stepping stones leading him to become the paradigmatic high achiever aiming for accomplishing the ultimate artwork ever. Free! Changing artist Antonio Pessoa's entire life and art performance! Surpassing anything that our imaginations can conjure, Antonio Pessoa's Masterpiece concept is yielding mega results by now.Fact. The artist's strong message to share with the world, that's also the Free concept Art to Life, Mind-Power to Freedom, artist to public congeniality. Built on sustained, consistent and honest prescription values, Antonio Pessoa's Masterpiece master phenomenon - definitely not an overnight success - acknowledges on the whole that living a Life Supreme, far from being a whimsical dream, is by all means turning out to be a fine tuned now- reality quickly on it's way up the ladder to absolute Freedom! Antonio Pessoa Delicious Silence Delicious Silence, is one of those paintings that suggests a variety (apparently simple), of ways to affirm the artist's daily religious rituals, moments of pleasurable relaxed meditation, through which he becomes stronger in confidence and in so doing listening in his mind to the diminishing volume of loud and racing city life noise. Also one of those spiritual-visualization canvases that in spite of their simplicity, actually take weeks and even months before the artist finally decides That's It and signs them. Also one of those alternative non-stereotyped day after day mirrors, in which the artist basically performs patiently his most enjoyable and inspiring momentes of inner-self contact silence and high level of perception and insight. Unquestionably to a certain extent the driving force which keeps him essentially magnificent, absolutely positive thinking and thereby immune to the daily challenging picture of professional commitments and quite often feverish burning social life flame. Sunset! Delicious silence! As we walk up the hill the sky was already turning from blue to orange. The anticipation was building with every step. As we got closer to the top of the hill the bright orange sun came into view. It was glorious! Antonio Pessoa was so excited he couldn't stop running to get to the top. As we got to the top of the hill and sat on a bench, the sun was slowly sinking behind a distant mountain range. "Goodbye sun!", the artist said as it sank beyond the horizon "I'll see you tomorrow!" It was a most relaxing time. The artist sitting next to me on the bench, said" Delicious Silence! I love it... and I will paint it!" Effective therapy. Said and done. More than you can imagine the artist's level of well-being and happiness is much higher in his Home Studio creative peaceful atmosphere than in the downtown at times emotionally disturbed racing madness. His philosophy and and rock solid concept of emotional brilliance comes out of his systematic research upon the keys to the art of living a fulfilling, rewarding and happy life. Delicious Silence is another of the multiple artistic results of this expanded awareness, optional lifestyle and faithful daily rituals. These patterns of existential preferences and self-therapy,such as peace of mind, serenity and continuous pursuit of higher levels of happiness, creates his art,his life and at last makes his ultimate personal dreams come true. Slowly and rhythmically, artist Antonio Pessoa gets down to work, finding a delicious quiet and peace overcome him little by little. When he has finally reached this stage, then he begins to focus his full attention on the canvas before him. Lovely! That's in this delicious silence where he meets once again this delicious presence of supreme awareness, and that's when and where imagination flows and art expression perception grows. Settled down in his Studio 1, where mainly his important art performance takes place and his most relevant artworks come alive, Pessoa here and then takes again some downtime to quiet his being, and thereby allows his mind to become sharply aware of his silent environment from the input of all his senses. Delicious Silence... Art Action Time! Now that he has reached that high level of awareness inwardly and outwardly, he sinks even deeper into the magical universe of supreme creativeness art making, now with a far greater confidence, stability and attentiveness to the artwork at hand. Worthwhile waves gravitate to the artist. In, around, underneath and beside him. Ascension to a new state of consciousness! Antonio Pessoa rides the serenity energy waves while painting, while I sometimes watch him painting, asking him questions, listening to his vibrational answers as I put them down in brief words on my notepad. Studio 1, in its pleasurable contemplating silence, is a higher dimension on earth, so I feel and I know, a place of reflection, art and creative positive frequencies. Leaving the old, outdated methods to discover new, beautiful ways of contemporary art expression, new color combinations, fascinating mood swings, multidimensional interconnected forms, shifts and levels, gradual chromatic transitions, the quiet Studio 1 space effects making sure every bit of his dancing body is loose, mind without tension, connecting with the art planet, feeling the sources of inspiration within the silence, deliciously bright, as the striking brush strokes take it away onto the canvas until it's glowing with brilliant visual metaphysics. The veil is lifting as the show goes on in Studio 1's heartbeat. The soulful side of life, the art side of life is beginning to take center stage within the artist's creative spirit. Pessoa is now in the cycle of evolution where imagination and art expression is demanding to be acknowledge and allowed to be at the helm of Heavenly life. Antonio Pessoa's spiritual side requires the essential nature of Delicious Silence, where life's interpretation knows no lack, only abundance of all there is. This is the part of supreme inspiration that is desiring to shine and the artist at work is only the mediator and the conduit. So it's in this third-dimensional reality that Delicious Silence has grown week after week, month after month, gradually reflecting more and more the artist's relation with pure abstract poetry, with that level of relaxing awareness, where everything starts to make perfect sense, and the call to art action becomes a religious ritual, totally focused on the Here and Now, where pure art performance takes place aiming at create the alternate perception of reality. As Antonio Pessoa becomes more and more seriously involved in the pursuit of self knowledge through silence, this spirit of Universal Awareness is thereby leading him to a delicious feeling of a special sort, his Secret for all the highly creative sessions in the particular field of his latest abstract neo- surrealistic contemporary fine art series. Visual literature and poetry through the soft colors combinations, reaching the magical very best of its quality characteristics, subtleties and innovative aesthetic atoms. In Delicious Silence, the artist makes therefore evident that there is a purposeful mystery contained in its melting body, in its serene passion and mood that is changing with every moment the viewer contemplates this relaxing work of art. Continuously moving and changing, it can hardly gives us a consistent identity, and the more we surf away across tha canvas space, its planetary motions inspiring infinite interpretative changes, suddenly give us a delicious cosmos understanding, feelings dancing in a continuous state of flux, whispers of truth silently walking on the doorsteps of our hearts. This Spirit-source-Art-Universe that is emmited from the quiet strength of this canvas, supports this inner-self discovery influence the artist displays in his latest work and life. Accessing the Wisdom within this charming artwork, we inevitably embrace its latent sense of spirituality and in so doing we inevitably penetrate much deeper into the nature and the world of Perception, again, Antonio Pessoa conducting us to understand what lies beyond the visual field of our objective imagination. The artist's method to develop this latent, additional senses through silent meditation is skillfully well summarized in the soothing atmosphere of Delicious Silence, softly whispering us the fascinating phrase, Beauty is in the Eye of the Beholder!

 

 

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