The Azores are known for their exceptional intellectuals who carry an enormous emotional burden that has been highly influenced by their islander experience and which makes them truly unique.
Here, in the Quinta dos Peixes Falantes, it could not be any different. From the artistic expression present in the Ermida to the architectural component, everything has a purpose and that is why the fish talk to us.
So what are the 'Peixes Falantes' ( talking fish)?
They are an artistic creation inspired by the Sermon of Saint Anthony to the Fish by Padre António Vieira, a literary work of great importance in Portugal, and which has been materialized into a set of unique paintings that the author, uncle and relative of the owners of Quinta dos Peixes Falantes, left to his nephews as a legacy, and that today colors and feeds the history of this unique place in the Azores.
Besides their sentimental value, these works of art are of great artistic value for they were made by the Azorean author José Nuno da Camara Pereira.
Who was José Nuno?
José Nuno da Camara, or, José Nuno as he was known in the cultural milieu, was considered by many as the most or one of the most ´important Portuguese plastic artists that lived in the Azores´.
He was born in Santa Maria Island and dedicated his life to painting, sculpture and to education. He received many distinctions and awards, such as the award for the first Biennial of the Azores and Atlantic in the third Exhibition of Plastic Arts of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation.
Upon his return to Portugal, and later on upon his return to the Azores, he participated in the creation of the Art and Investigation Center (CAI) and founded the Oficina d´Angra- a Cultural Association.
His last and great exhibition, titled ´Um Sisifo feliz´, was in 2016 at the Arquipelago, the Center for Contemporary Arts of the Azores.