monday to friday 09:00—12:30 / 14:00—17:30 saturday/ sunday/ holliday 15:00—18:00
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Paços do Concelho Building Alfredo Cunha Street 4450-009 Matosinhos

Tóssan — A Vida é Engraçada Mas eu Levo-a a Sério

This exhibition brings together the collection of the versatile artist, designer, illustrator, humourist and poet António dos Santos, also known as Tóssan.

Tóssan — A Vida é Engraçada Mas eu Levo-a a Sério [Life Is Funny But I Take It Seriously] is an exhibition coordinated by Jorge Silva, designer and founder of the Silvadesigners studio, following the emphasis placed on Tóssan at the Festa da Ilustração [Illustration Festival] 2018, in Setúbal, under the theme É Preciso Fazer um Desenho [Is a Drawing Needed?]. These are illustrations, caricatures, drawings, sketches and processes by António Fernando dos Santos, also known as Tóssan, who wanted nothing more than to discover his own identity.
A designer and illustrator, he was as good as the very best, always sailing downwind, mixing on the printed pages the influences of the great artists of his time. [...] His drawings cover multiple forms, from photocopy to graphite tracing, with successive and subtle changes up to the finished work. The undisciplined Tóssan was a perfectionist, after all. There are no better words to define the artist than those uttered by the Brazilian historian and essayist, Ambassador Alberto da Costa e Silva: “He had no desire to become a great artist, or a great actor, writer or painter. He wanted to be Tóssan, and Tóssan he was in full. — Jorge Silva, exhibition curator

Jorge Silva (Lisbon, 1958) is a communication designer dedicated essentially to editorial design and the art direction of publications. He was the Art Director for the newspapers Combate, O Independente, and the supplements he designed for the newspaper Público: Y and Mil Folhas. His work in these two newspapers has been distinguished with dozens of awards from The Society for News Design. He headed several magazines, such as 20 Anos, Ícon, LER and LX Metrópole, for Parque Expo. This last one gave origin to the creation of silvadesigners studio in 2001, which has been dedicated to cultural branding, mainly related to Lisbon’s cultural life. In this context, he is the Art Director for Agenda Cultural de Lisboa, XXI, Património and Blimunda. For three years he was Art Director of Grupo Editorial Leya and artistic consultant of INCM in 2015 and 2016. From some years now, he has been teaching Art Direction in the masters of the Faculty of Fine Arts of Porto and has been dedicated to research and curatorship in the Design and Illustration fields. He is responsible for the concept and edition of Colecção D, published by INCM on Portuguese historical and contemporary designers. He created the blog Almanaque Silva, where he tells stories of Portuguese illustration. Jorge Silva has been a member of the AGI – Alliance Graphique Internationale since 2012.


Tóssan — A Vida é Engraçada Mas eu Levo-a a Sério

Matosinhos City Council; Setúbal City Council; esad—idea, Research in Design and Art
Jorge Silva
José Bártolo
General Coordination
Bárbara Araújo, Sara Pinheiro
Production Management
Sofia Meira
Graphic Design
Inês Nepomuceno
Sound and Image
Fernando Miranda, Tânia Franco
Alexandre Barbosa, Carlos Sousa, Fernando Miranda, José Castro
Thanks to
João Manuel Gens, José Pereira Gens

Matosinhos City Council

Luísa Salgueiro
Eduardo Pinheiro
Culture Councillor
Fernando Rocha
Project Management
Clarisse Castro, Maria José Rodrigues, Maria José Mesquita
Casa do Design
Bárbara Araújo
Communication and Public Relations
Jacinta Batista
Press Officer
Jorge Marmelo

esad—idea, Research in Design and Art

Joana Santos, João Lemos, Sérgio Afonso
Executive Direction
Diogo Vilar
Scientific Direction
José Bártolo
Project Management
Sara Pinheiro
Communication Advisory
Mafalda Martins, Ana Rita Carvalho