José de Guimarães is José Maria Fernandes Marques pseudonym. Born in Guimarães in 1939, is considered a leading Portuguese artist of Contemporary Art.With an outstanding work, particularly in painting, also made forays into sculpture and other creative activities at an aesthetic level, both national and internationally. In his work, the color plays a key role and its main theme is the human body.
José de Guimarães is represented in museums and public collections scattered around the world. He studied painting with Teresa de Sousa, drawing with Gil Teixeira Lopes and engraving in The Portuguese Engravers Cooperative Society. In the eighties, innovatively used in his paper sculptures materials such as crushed glass, mirrors and tiles, printing to his work a bright and unique aspect. .
From Milan to Paris, Madrid, Antwerp and Portugal, José de Guimarães work is recognized. Not only participates in exhibitions, but also sees editing books about his work, written by famous art critics as Salette Tavares, Álvaro Magalhães, Cesário Rodrigues-Aquilera, Fernando de Azevedo, José Augusto-França, Fernando Pernes, among others. In Japan, in 1989, was invited by Paul Enbel, director of the Goethe Institut of Osaka, to build and paint kites. In the nineties, entered in a new artistic phase of creation in which the Mexican culture identified itself with the artist creative activity. Furthermore, the Mexican government requested him the execution of a tile panel for the Mexico City Metropolitan. Similarly, the Lisbon Metropolitan, in an effort to extend its network, invited the painter to decorate the Carnide station.