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the work


Santiago Belacqua is an artist born in Vila Nova de Famalicão. In 2010, and after an extraordinarily traumatic process, painting slowly began to make sense. It is in the hospital bed and already in full recovery that the need to paint arises. However, there were still many doubts about the path to follow. 

His basic training was, until then, in management. He worked in a German multinational and it was in 2013, encouraged by a group of friends, that he managed to glimpse what everyone had been seeing for some time, the Artist!

He the starts to photograph the architectural heritage around Braga and creates his first concept: "Portugal Monumental", a crossing of photography with painting and plastic arts. Also in 2013, he is invited to create two pieces for Pope Francis. The pieces were delivered and the work gained another dimension, resulting in a strong affirmation of the artist in the universe of Sacred Art. It is in this year that he holds his first exhibition at the Torre de Menagem, Braga. This resulted in an invitation to exhibit at Assembleia da República the following year (2014).

Also in 2014, he exhibits at Theatro Circo de Braga for 2 years (2014-2016). This break served for a reflection/introspection, which would open a new path: the path of Faith! A feeling common to humanity and inseparable from the Artist. Openly Catholic and with an unshakable faith, Santiago Belacqua found the true reason to express himself in his art. It is then that he begins incessantly painting Jesus Christ and Our Lady, but more intensely, Jesus Christ. In 2016 he is invited to exhibit at the Pio XII Museum in Braga with the work "Cristo suspenso". Next he would take the collection "Pietá" (2017) more than once to the same space. From here on the Artist has dedicated himself exclusively to sacred art.

In 2018 the work "Santissíma Trindade" (in the form of a painting) is presented at the I Biennial of Contemporary Sacred Art in Braga. 
The result of this extraordinary journey culminated with an invitation to exhibit at the Vatican being the first Portuguese Artist to exhibit in that state (planned for 2020 and postponed due to the pandemic).
In the near future one of the objectives of the Artist (besides exhibiting his works at the Vatican) is to show to the public the approximately 200 works of his Sacred Art collection in Portugal and abroad.