Nadir Afonso is the name TAP's new aircraft

Portuguese painting and architecture were honoured this Wednesday by TAP. The Airline named its new Airbus A321neo CS-TJN "Nadir Afonso", in honour of the architect and painter who left a vast legacy in the world of national and international arts.

The painting of the name on the aircraft, which is part of the Airline's medium-haul fleet, took place this Wednesday morning in one of TAP's hangars and was attended by Laura Afonso, his widow, Augusto Afonso and Artur Afonso, the painter's sons, and Mário Lobato Faria, the Airline's Chief Technical Officer. 
Nadir Afonso (1920-2013), who was born in Chaves, first showed his taste for the arts from an early age. When he was only four years old, he painted a perfect circle on the wall of the living room with red paint. At the age of 14, he devoted himself to oil painting. His talent was first recognised at the age of 24, when his work "A Ribeira" was displayed in the Lisbon Museum of Contemporary Art.

He lived in various countries, but always hand in hand with painting and architecture, rubbing shoulders with the major names of the two arts of his time. 
He graduated in architecture from the Porto School of Fine Arts, then left for Paris, where he enrolled at Écoles des Beaux-arts. While studying in the city of light, he worked in the studio of the Franco-Swiss Le Corbusier, one of the great names of 20th century architecture. He also dedicated himself, at the same time, to painting in the studio of the French painter Fernand Léger. 
Nadir Afonso also lived for a time in Brazil, where he had the opportunity to work with another great reference of modern architecture, Oscar Niemeyer. 
In Portugal, the Portuguese architect and painter won contracts and received several awards. For example, he worked in the 1960s in architecture in the cities of Chaves and Coimbra, he was awarded the National Prize for Painting (1967), he won the Amadeo de Souza-Cardoso Prize (1969), and produced the panels for Restauradores station of the Lisbon metropolitan underground railway (1996).
His works have been exhibited at more than one hundred exhibitions and can currently be found in several Portuguese and international museums.

The new Nadir Afonso aircraft thus joins the personalities already honoured by the Airline in its medium-haul fleet, which includes names ranging from Carlos Paredes to Jorge de Sena, Agustina Bessa-Luís to Luís de Camões, Fernando Pessoa to Gil Vicente or Zé Pedro.

See the name of the aeroplane being painted here.