Graça Morais

Graça MoraisGraça Morais is a Portuguese painter from Vieiro, Trás-os-Montes. At the age of 18 she joined the School of Fine Arts of Oporto to study painting. Chagall and Van Gogh were her first referrals. She completed the degree in painting in 1971 and taught painting at the Soares dos Reis School of Decorative Arts, in Oporto.

In 1976, with eight artists and an art critic, she founded the Puzzle Group, with which, for two years, promoted numerous painting exhibitions, installations and performances within and outside the country, highlighting the exhibition at the Salon de la Jeune Peinture, in Paris, where she lived as a Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation scholarship. There, she met Arroyo and Rancillac and deepened the study of Picasso, Matisse and Cézanne works. She returned to Vieiro in 1981 and, for two years, intense and deeply painted and drew the myths and rituals of rural life, starting to set up what would become an obsession in her painting.

Graça Morais exhibited in several countries; the Calouste Gulbenkian Modern Art Centre acquired one of her paintings for its collection. José Saramago requested her to illustrate a new edition of his book The Year of 1993.

Graça Morais

Invited by Paula Rego, she traveled to London, where she worked in a studio next to hers, benefiting of the painter friendship and familiarity. She represented Portugal at the "Eighty" exhibition, which toured several European cities, and integrated several international exhibitions.

In 1991 she received the SOCTIP - Artist of the Year award, in which it held a book-album of critical texts and paintings representative of her work.

She conceived tile panels for the Metro station of Amadora and for the Powerhouse of Vilar de Frades.

In 2008, in Bragança, opened the Contemporary Art Center Graça Morais, to whom she donated some of her works.

She is a member of the National Academy of Fine Arts and was awarded the degree of Infante D. Henry Grand Office Order, by the President of the Portuguese Republic in 1997.