Leonel Moura

Conceptual artist

My message

I am an artist hence creativity is my life.

What is most precious for me

To make something new and positive that no one has done before, as a way to contribute to the evolution of mankind.

Milestones in my life

Who influenced me

My parents had an excellent library. Already at a very young age I enjoyed reading and learning almost about any subject, though I was particularly attracted by art and science.

I was a young man in the sixties, an epoch of many changes and innovative ideas. Being an artist I had the chance to meet many outstanding personalities and one in particular – much older – had a strong influence on me. He was called Ernesto de Sousa and was in many aspects much ahead of his time and context.

Richard Dawkins and E. O. Wilson are the scientists that I most appreciate and continue to stimulate me enormously.

Decisive experiences and events which shaped the path of my life

The computer and short after the internet have revolutionized my vision of things.

These technologies are not just new tools; they are an enhancement of our intelligence and creativity.

Entrepreneurship, leadershipI make art as a cooperative process and in most of my projects I work with other people. I have also organized many events with artists and scientists and learned a lot from it.

The idea of the artist as a lonely genius does not attract me. Diversity and confrontation with other people's ideas is fundamental to achieve quality.

My major achievements

I made several painting robots able to create their own art. I am not only interested in human creativity but in artificial creativity as well. One of these robots called RAP (Robotic Action Painter) is in permanent display at the American Museum of Natural History in New York.

I was the first in the world to build a Robotarium, which is a zoo for autonomous robots.

I believe that these and other works are my contribution to a new approach to the combination of robotics and art.

My publications

Some of my English language books include:

· Robotarium, 2007

· Man and robots: Symbiotic Art. Institut d’Art Contemporain, 2004 (with Henrique G. Pereira)

· Architopia: Art, Architecture, Science. Institut d'Art Contemporain, 2002 (with Jean Louis Maubant)

For further literature please visit: http://www.leonelmoura.com/#Books


Address: ARTe

Rua das Janelas Verdes, 76

Lisboa, Portugal

Phone: + (351) 213 967 261

Fax: + (351) 213 931 915


E-mail: studio@leonelmoura.com


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Leonel Moura

Leonel Moura