From practice to academia, Armando Alves marked the first pedagogical essays of the School of Fine Arts of Porto (ESBAP) in the field of graphic arts, which would result, years later, in the creation of the first design course in the northern region of Portugal. Graduating in Painting, in the beginning of the 1960s, Alves has always divided his time between painting and design. As most of Portuguese designers of this time, the learning of graphic arts was done through practice and experimentation, in an empirical way, with the first academic essays on this field at ESBAP driven by him.

Extracted from: “From Painting to Graphic Arts: the unique legacy of Armando Alves” Cláudia Lima, Heitor Alvelos, Susana Barreto, Eliana Penedos-Santiago, Nuno Martins.