My name is João Magalhães, which is Portuguese for John Magellan. I was born in Jacutinga, a tiny town in the southern part of the state of Minas Gerais in Brazil, the oldest of three siblings. The inhabitants of the town are mostly of Italian, Portuguese, and Spanish heritage, as is our family.
As a young child, one of my favorite interests was drawing. I dreamed of learning how to paint with oils, but opportunities in our little town were non-existent. Fortunately, when I was fifteen, our parents decided to relocate the family to Pouso Alegre, where we would have access to better education. In our new town, we immersed ourselves in extracurricular activities, and I was soon enrolled in oil painting classes, which I attended for three years. I was in heaven.
However, as time passed, other responsibilities took precedence: military service and then college, graduating in 1987 with a degree in law. The summer of 1989 saw me in school in California, studying techniques for teaching English as a second language (ESL), followed by a trip to Oklahoma in the fall, where time with friends helped with my language skills and understanding of American culture. Upon returning to Brazil, I started my own business, a school offering classes in English, Spanish, and art. Establishing the school opened the door to acceptance in a prestigious two-year educational program in small business administration, run by the government agency SEBRAE. While operating the business for ten years, I became increasingly compelled to further my education. In 2000, I was accepted into the master’s program in Teaching English as a Second Language at the University of Central Oklahoma, in the quaint town of Edmond.
Leaving Brazil was a painful and difficult decision, but determination and faith in God won out. After much preparation, I landed in Oklahoma City on May 11, 2001 to start summer school.
Soon after graduation in 2003, The Language Company agreed to sponsor a work visa and sent me to Pennsylvania in January of 2004 to work in one of their branches as the Director of Admissions and as an ESL instructor. I remained on the job with The Language Company until the end of October 2018. By that time, it had become clear to me that art should finally take center stage. This was the beginning of a new chapter in my life as a full-time artist.
It is important to mention a date of deep gratitude, April 22, 2016, when I was sworn in as an American citizen. Counting all the blessings along the way would be impossible!
The goal now is to continue to study and grow as an artist, hoping the results will resonate with art enthusiasts. In the future, I would like to be an art instructor myself and start sharing with others what I have learned along the way.
I work with oils because they translate into a better interpretation of the world around me.
Whatever pleases my eyes, touches my heart, and brings me joy holds potential for a painting. I am especially fascinated by contrasts of light and shadow and the ways we can use color to convey depth, mood, and shapes.
We stumbled upon this abandoned building on Pond Road in Truro, Cape Cod, one sunny Sunday evening. The structure still holds its charm and alludes to its past magnificence.
Oil on canvas 10x14 framed in a white floater frame.
Boats and water reflection fascinate me. I am always on the look out for scenes where the sun light bathes vessels creating reflections and dramatic shadow/light contrast. It is worth getting up early. Oil on studio canvas 12x16 framed with a floater frame.
There is something intriguing about boats, especially a red boat adding a splash of color to the scheme of the composition. The source of inspiration for this painting was a boat ride with friends on a Monday morning. Oil on canvas 12x16 framed with a black floater frame.
Fears never spoken of, dreams kept alive, fishermen providing the daily bread for their families. Low tide, sit still, wait. Oil on canvas panel 12 X 16 framed with a black floater.
Buoys are fun for painters, but they are also very important to fishermen. The different colors are assigned to different boat owners. Buoys are markers for seafood beds and fish traps.
Oil on canvas 9x12 in a white floater frame. For payment with Zelle and Venmo, please contact me at email@example.com
Got out of bed one morning in the mood to compose a still life. First thing on the list, walked to a neighborhood grocery store for some flowers, then added some apples and objects from around the house in the composition. Ready to get started and have fun! Oil on canvas 9x12 framed with a black plein air frame. For more information, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I would like to keep you posted on new paintings and new adventures!