The Algarve trough the eyes of Hélio Boto
Hélio was pleased to receive the invitation from Sketch Tour Portugal, because the climate of the Algarve and its varied landscape mean that it provides a great drawing or painting experience.
Visiting places he did not know, such as Ilha do Farol in Olhão and some beaches in Aljezur, he was discovering a new Algarve. At the same time, he liked to share the places that he already knew with Róisín, the Irish girl, telling her something of its history and showing a less touristy side of the region. It was a rediscovery through sketching.
He believes that this trip matches a thought: “People don't remember what you said, or what you did, but they do remember how you made them feel.” In the end, he was certain that Róisín had wanted to come back to Portugal.
He was born in Portimão in 1981 and studied architecture at the Universidade Lusíada do Porto. Since then he has worked on various projects and architecture competitions. In 2007 he received an Honourable Mention in an international competition in Japan.
He collaborates with Urban Sketchers Portugal and his drawings and paintings have featured in several national and international exhibitions and publications. He has coordinated the Algarve Urban Sketchers group since its creation in 2015. He is the author of the drawing blog Rua dos Riscos (Risk Street).