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Break the word boundaries – “Tentative Notebook – Works by Rui Rasquinho” will be opened soon!


The Portuguese visual artist Rui Rasquinho will have his solo exhibition “Tentative Notebook – Works by Rui Rasquinho” in AFA on May 13 (Saturday), at 4:00 p.m. The artist has been working in Macau since 1996 as graphic designer and illustrator. He mainly creates illustration, video and photography works. This time, the artist would decorate the exhibition hall as his studio and showcase lots of sketchbooks, fordable books and video works in different media, including ink, graphite and charcoal etc.

“Tentative Notebook – Works by Rui Rasquinho”
These black and white artworks are the results of the artist’s intensive daily practices that started over a year ago when he had a medical condition and was confined to stay at home temporarily for a period of time. The outer physical conditions and boredom as he described have triggered the opening of a series of inner search for expressions that he considers as “tentative” and “transient”. The seclusion has led to a break free from any preset form of definition. Navigating in between abstraction and the figurative, his drawings and paintings have reached a newly found freedom among boundaries of matter, which are neither solid, liquid nor gaseous, but the possibilities of such.

Rui’s foldable work “1000 Hells”


Rui’s sketchbooks


The artist invites us to go beyond the white cube gallery and walk into the staged studio. We are even free to touch and turn the pages of his sketches and notebooks and “read” his notes that are without words. Its single-pointedness plunges us into a world of subtlety and impermanence, an ever-changing landscape of the same substance.


“Tentative Notebook – Works by Rui Rasquinho” is partly sponsored by the Cultural Affairs Bureau, Macao SAR Government. Media partners include Hoje Macau and Ponto Final. The exhibition will be opened to public from May 14 to June 11.


AFA Macau is located in 4th Floor, Art Garden, Avenida Dr. Rodrigo Rodrigues N. 265, Macau. The gallery is on the Ground Floor, open from Tuesdays to Sundays (11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.) and closed on Mondays and public holidays. For enquiries, please call (853) 2836 6064 during office hours or email to [email protected]. For more information, please visit

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