Manuel Cargaleiro (Portugal, b.1927)
Manuel Cargaleiro was born on 16 March 1927 in Portugal.
In 1957 he decided to move to France, where he received numerous public commissions from the Ministry of Culture of the French Republic starting from the 1970s, including the installation for the Champs-Elysées Clemenceau station of the Paris Metro of 1995.
However, he continued to maintain a very strong bond with his native country: in 1983 he created azulejos in Lisbon for the façade of the Franco-Portuguese institute and in 1987 for the Colègio Militar-Luz station; he was awarded the double nomination as Commendatore of Sant’lago da Espada by the President of the Republic of Portugal (1982) and to the Officier des Arts and des Lettres by the French Government (1984).
In 1990 he established the Manuel Calgaleiro Foundation in Lisbon, whose building project was signed by Alvaro Siza. His association with Italy began in 1999, when he won the International Prize “Journey through Ceramics” in Vietri sul mare.
In Vietri the artist transfers a rich collection of works created by him over the years, including plates, sculptures, plates and ceramic panels which, together with those of Italian and foreign artists he collected, constitute the nucleus of the Industrial Artistic Museum Manuel Cargaleiro, located until December 2010 in the historic Palazzo dei Duchi Carosino, at the entrance to Vietri.