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José Miguel Franco de Sousa

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Sculptor José Miguel Franco de Sousa
Jose Miguel Franco de Sousa

About José Miguel Franco de Sousa

Being around animals throughout his life, they have become the foundation of his work. His devotion to precision and details stems from his knowledge of the animals’ anatomy, which makes his work very realistic. He always tries to transmit the feeling of movement and features as close to reality as possible.
Being a hunter he is well familiar with guns and all the artifacts used in this sport, as well as the way dogs are used in the different forms of hunting. Being a passionate horseback rider, he also knows everything about the animal, the different saddles and bridles to be used, and the horse’s numerous movements such as walking, trotting, galloping or jumping.
When it comes to human figures, he puts a strong emphasis on capturing and transmitting the feeling of the expressions.
Sculptor José Miguel Franco de Sousa
Monument of portuguese forcado

Exhibition History of José Miguel Franco de Sousa

1995- Expocaça - Quinta da Marinha – Cascais
1995- Hotel Tryp Medea - Mérida, Espanha
1995- Hotel da Lapa – Lisboa
1996- Hotel Inglaterra - Sevilha, Espanha
1996- Expocaça - CNEMA, Santarém
1996- Galeria do Ayuntamento de Rota, Espanha
1996- T Club, Lisboa
1996- Galeria São Miguel, Évora
1997- Féria Caza y Safari, Madrid, Espanha
1997- Exposição de caza, Madrid, Espanha
1997- Club de Campo, CSI, Madrid, Espanha
1997- Expocaça - CNEMA, Santarém
1997- CSIO de Lisboa, SHP
1997- Gala do Cavalo Lusitano, SHP, Lisboa
1997- EQUUS 97, Exponor, Porto
1998- Hotel V Centenário, Cáceres, Espanha
1998- Hotel Ritz, Lisboa
1998- Féria Caza y Safaris, Madrid, Espanha
1998- Hipódromo de Biarritz, França
1998- Hotel Inglaterra, Sevilha, Espanha
1998- Expocaça, Santarém
1998- CSIO de Lisboa, SHP
1998- Gala do Cavalo Lusitano, SHP, Lisboa
1998- Souselcaça, Sousel
1998- Atrelagem, Hde. do Zambujeiro
1999- Pousada dos Lóios, Évora
1999- CSIO de Lisboa, SHP
1999- Expocaça, Santarem
1999- Souselcaça, Sousel
2000- Restaurante “La Villa”, Estoril
2000- FICAR, Madrid
2000- Camp. Intern. de Atrelagens, Companhia das Lezírias
2001- Expocaça, Santarem
2001- Herdade do Zambujeiro
2002- Ourivesaria Pinho e Almeida, Lisboa
2002- Expocaça, Santarem
2002- CSIO de Lisboa
2002- Hotel Páteo do Solar, Estremoz
2002- CSNA, Herdade do Zambujeiro
2003-Feira do touro e do cavalo Lusitano-Santarem
2003- CSNA Zambujeiro
2003-Hotel Palácio – Estoril
2004- Feira do Toiro- CNEMA, Santarém
2004-CSIO de Lisboa
2005-Expocaça, Santarem
2008-Expocaça, Santarem
2009- Expocaça, Santarem.
2012-CSI cascais
2012-CSI do Vimeiro
2013-Expocaça, Santarem
2013-Feira do Campo, Coruche
2013-CCE, Mata do Duque
2013-Romeiros de Vila Boim

Low relief of Lord Byron

Biography / CV of José Miguel Franco de Sousa

Born in 1949, in Alentejo, at the heart of the Portuguese countryside, spending most of his childhood on a farm and in permanent contact with farm animals, he soon learned everything about them. Son and grandson of farmers and amateur artists, he intended to follow their art early on by starting to draw and paint scenes he would see on a daily basis.
Living in the country as a farmer, it’s easy to start loving riding and hunting, thereby learning more about animals which has been very useful when drawing or painting them. After some years he became a show jumping rider and was part of a Portuguese taking part in a three day event.
Painter, and as of 1995 sculptor, his art was mostly based on the representation of animals. Only later, especially when adding sculptures to his repertoire, did he start to represent human figures which are prominent in his recent work.
He expanded into sculpturing in 1995 through a Spanish sculptor who invited him to try sculpturing. The success was such that as of today there are around one and a half thousand of his pieces all over the world. He has his sculptures in, Portugal, Spain, France, England, Ireland, Switzerland, Austria, Germany, Belgium, Liechtenstein, United States, Mexico, Brazil, Australia and Israel.

Portuguese National Guard

Awards and Prizes of José Miguel Franco de Sousa

International Show Jumping, AUDI trophy Nation’s Cup Lisbon, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002. Annual International Agriculture Fair of Santarem, horse breeder’s trophy. Lusitano Horse, Golegã’s Horse Fair. Festival of Lusitano Horse, Alenquer. Greyhound Championship, Évora. Trophy to the best bullfighter rider, Badajoz, Spain. Paris horse trotter’s race. Trophy ‘’Audemars Piguet- Pinho e Almeida’’ of golf.

Acquisitions / Collections of work by José Miguel Franco de Sousa

Sculptures in private collections such as:
HH The king of Spain
HH Dª Pillar de Bourbon, the King’s sister
The Portuguese Republican Guard
Brian Deverlly, the Irish Coursing Club president, acquired at the auction of Waterloo Cup 2005
A sculpture of the unfortunately [disappeared]? Spanish bull fighter, Julio Robles, and several more.

Public Works of José Miguel Franco de Sousa

Public Monuments
Monument to the portuguese forcado, in Vila Franca, 2005.
A low relief representing Lord Byron in Sintra, 2013.

Qualifications / Education of José Miguel Franco de Sousa

Colegio La Salle

Publications / Media / Bibliography of José Miguel Franco de Sousa

Autor, Prograf, April 2009
"Aguarelas de Caça", Authors: Jose Miguel Franco de Sousa

Price Range of Work

José Miguel Franco de Sousa's work has a price range from £2,500 to £13,334

Mediums utilised

José Miguel Franco de Sousa's work is found in the following materials:

Artwork Categorised

José Miguel Franco de Sousa's work is found in the following categories on site:
Horse Sculpture / Equines Race Horses Pack HorseCart Horses Plough Horsess (5)
Horses Small, for Indoors and Inside Display Statues statuettes Sculptures figurines commissions commemoratives (4)
Interior, Indoors, Inside Sculpture (4)
Horse and Rider / Jockey Sculpture / Equestrian Sculptures (4)
Commemoratives and Memorials Sculptures (3)
Field Sports, Game Birds and Game Animals Sculptures (2)
Human Figurative Sculptures (2)
Awards, Trophies, Presentations and Prizes Sculptures (2)
Tabletop Desktop Small Indoor Statuettes Figurines Sculptures (2)
Small bird Sculptures (2)
Male Men Youths Masculine Statues Sculptures statuettes figurines (2)
Garden Or Yard / Outside and Outdoor Sculptures (2)
Sculptures of Sport in General (2)
Animals and Humans Sculptures, Statues and Statuettes (2)
Semi Nude / Naked Girls Females Women Sculptures
Biblical Character or Thing sculpture Statues Statuettes
Men and Women at Work Sculptures Statues
Religious Sculpture
Nudes, Female Sculptures
Birds in Flight, Birds Flying Sculptures or Statues
Champions Sculptures Statues statuettes figurines
Stylized People Sculptures
Polo Pony and Pony sculpture / statue / statuette / figurine / ornament Portraits Commissions Memorials
Sensual Sculptures or Statues
Christian Church Sculptures, Carvings Bas Reliefs Stained Glass and Statues
Commission and Custom and Bespoke sculpture Statues
Females Women Girls Ladies Sculptures Statues statuettes figurines
Birds of Prey / Raptors Sculptures
Wild Bird Sculptures
Celebrity and Star Sculptures
Horse Head or Bust or Mask or Portrait sculpture statuettes statue figurines
Game Birds including Pheasant Capercaillie Partridge Black Cock Ptarmigan Grouse Sculpture
Horses Heavy / Working Shire, Plough, Dray, Barge, Horses Sculptures Statues statuettes commissions
Peace Sculptures or Statues or statuettes
Historical Character Statues / Sculptures
Crucifiction Christian Cross Alter Piece sculpture Statues carvings Statues statuettes sculpture depicting the crucfiction
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