Biography

1917 Born in Oporto, 23rd October

1930/1936 Made illustrations and cartoons for newspapers and children’s publications.
Studied drawing and painting at the Silva Porto Academy.

1937 Attended the Oporto School of Fine Arts where he was a student of Dórdio Gomes.

1943 Founder member of the “Group of Independents”.
First individual exhibition in the Silva Porto Salon.

1944 Taught in secondary school.

1945 Completed Fine Arts course with the painting “Os Fantoches”.
Visited the Prado Museum.
Met Vasquez Diaz while in Madrid.
Awarded National Academy and “Armando de Bastos” Prizes.

1946 Scholarship to study abroad at the “Institute for High Culture”.
First exhibition in Lisbon.

1947/1948 Studied fresco and engraving techniques at the School of Fine Arts in Paris.
Studied under Duco de La Haix.
Received lessons from Othon Friesz at the Grande Chaumière Academy.
Made copies of the masters in the Louvre.
Visited museums in Belgium, The Netherlands, Great Britain and Italy.

1949/1950 Teacher of ceramics in a small school in Viana do Alentejo.
Contacts with the writer Virgílio Ferreira and with the artists Júlio and Charrua.
Met Almada Negreiros and E. Viana in Lisbon.
First trip to Norway as a guest of Oddvard Straume.
Stayed in Orstavik.

1951 In Portugal, moved to Oporto and worked as a secondary school teacher.
Seafaring folk became the dominant theme in his painting.
Special Prize at the S. Paulo Biennial.

1952 Prize-winner at the 7th Contemporary Northern Artists’ Exhibition.
Stayed for a month in Norway.
Painted the fresco at the Gomes Teixeira School in Oporto.
Researched into children’s drawing.

1953 Created the “International Art Missions”, the first of which took place in Trás-os-Montes.

1954 Taught in secondary school in Póvoa de Varzim.

1955 Promoted the 2nd “International Art Mission” in Póvoa de Varzim.

1956 Part of the team with architect João Andersen for the “Mar Novo” project for Sagres, which won the First Prize in international competition.
”Artists of Today” Prize, Lisbon.
Completed the Pedagogical Science course at the University of Coimbra.

1957 Organised the “4 Portuguese Artists” exhibition in Oslo and Helsinki. 2nd Prize for Painting from the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Lisbon.

1958 Completed a panel for the “Brussels Exhibition”. “Columbano” Prize from Almada City Council.
Organised the 3rd “International Art Mission” in Évora.
Guest teacher at the Fine Arts School in Oporto.
Made various tile panels for the frontier station in Vilar Formoso.

1959 Honourable Mention at the 5th S. Paulo Biennial.
Made ceramic panels for S. João Hospital, Oporto.
Made eight tile panels for the Miranda do Douro Pousada.

1960 “Diogo de Macedo” Prize at the SNBA Modern Art Salon, Lisbon. Ceramic panel for the Pousada in Bragança.

1962 Applied to join the teaching staff of the Higher School of Fine Arts in Oporto (ESBAP).
Fresco mural at the Oporto Courts of Justice.

1964 Made five ceramic panels for architectural works.

1965 Designed the sets and costumes for “Auto da Índia” by Gil Vicente, directed by Carlos Avilez for Teatro Experimental do Porto (TEP).

1966 Made a fresco for the Courthouse in Anadia.

1967 Designed the sets and costumes for “Phèdre” by Racine, directed by Carlos Avilez for Teatro Experimental de Cascais.

1968 Illustrated “Aparição” by Virgílio Ferreira. Designed the sets and costumes for the ballet “Judas”, choreographed by Agueda Sena and the Company of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Lisbon.

1969 “Graphic Arts” Prize at the S. Paulo Arts Biennial, with illustrations for the novel “Aparição”. Designed the sets and costumes for “Auto da Alma” by Gil Vicente, at TEP, Oporto.
Made six sandstone panels for the Courts of Justice in Lisbon.

1970 Supervised the visual aesthetic for the Portugal Stand at the World Exhibition in Osaka.
Designed the sets and costumes for “Antígona” at the Teatro Experimental de Cascais.

1971 First journey to Brazil, where he met Jorge Amado and Mário Cravo Filho.

1972 Nominated a Member of the Royal Belgian Academy of Sciences, Letters and Fine Arts, in Brussels, where he presented a paper.

1973 Illustrated the work of Fernando Namora in “Retalhos da Vida de um Médico”. Another trip to Brazil. Made a Member of the Order of Santiago da Espada.

1974 Began management work at ESBAP.
Designed the set for the film “Cântico Final” by Manuel Guimarães, adapted from the novel by Virgílio Ferreira.

1975/1976 Joined the management of ESBAP full-time.

1977 Journeyed to Northwest Brazil.

Met the artists Sérgio Lemos and Francisco Brennand.
1978 Designed the sets and costumes for the ballet “Canto de Amor e Morte”, with choreography by Patrick Hurde, inspired by the music of Lopes Graça, for the National Ballet Company.
Visited Spanish Fine Arts Faculties.

1981 Made the stained glass windows for Our Lady of Boavista in Oporto.
Journey to Pernambuco and Baía.
Gave a speech at the Joaquim Nabuco Foundation in Recife.

1982 Received the regalia of Comendador of the "Mérito Civil de Espanha", awarded by the King of Spain.

1984 Created the mural panel “Ribeira Negra”.

1985 Awarded the AICA Prize.

1986 Made the grand sandstone mural “Ribeira Negra” in Oporto.

1987 Gave his last class at ESBAP.

1989 Retrospective exhibition at the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation in Lisbon.

1992 Travelled to S. Vicente and Stº Antão (Cape Verde).

1993 “Lugar do Desenho – The Júlio Resende Foundation” created.

1994/1995 Made ceramic panels for the Sete Rios Metro Stration in Lisbon.

1996 Travelled to Goa

1997 Travelled to Santiago and Fogo (Cape-Verde).
Received the Grand Cross of the Order of Infante D. Henrique.
Designed the decorative tiles for the Sete Rios Metro Stration in Lisbon.

1999 Travelled to Mozambique Island.

2000 Travelled to Recife, Brazil.

2001 Retrospective exhibition, Galeria Nave dos Paços do Concelho, Matosinhos.

2007 Alfândega do Porto, anthological exhibition of his 90 years attended by the President of the Republic, Professor Aníbal Cavaco Silva. Honoured at the XIV edition of the Art Biennial of Cerveira.

2009 He divorces his wife Maria Zita Leão.

2010 It is granted a permanent location to the tile panel Ribeira Negra at Alfândega do Porto.

2011 He dies at home in Valbom, Gondomar, with 93 years old at September 21st.



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