BIOGRAPHY

| José Albano Pontes Santos Moita Morais de Macedo was born on 17 October 1930 in Benfica do Ribatejo. He was raised in a traditional family, and his relationship with his grandfather José Luís Santos Moita, who was a doctor, a republican, a freemason, a member of the house of representatives to the I Constituent Assembly and Governador Civil of Santarém, was very important to him. His grandfather’s influence was essential in the formation of his conscience and social engagements, which were outstanding traits of his personality. The great plains of the Ribatejo and the sea, two alternating scenes of his adolescence, were the starting point for his first drawings.

He married in 1951 and had 5 children. From 1954 to 1957 he was in the military in the Portuguese colony of India, where he was introduced to adobe and ivory works done by craftsmen and artists. He performs works of restoration, namely the Chapel of Nª Senhora do Mar in Damão.

In 1959 he starts his professional activity in the offices of Siderugia Nacional, where he works for 24 years and where he has contact with iron and steel, materials that he would come to use in some of his works of painting and sculpture.

In 1963 he meets Almada Negreiros in the Cooperativa Gravura, which he attends for two years. With Almada, he studies and makes his first engraving experiences scratched out on glass. Also in 1963, a series of his ivory carvings are awarded a prize in the II Jogos Florais do Trabalho.

In 1964 he makes a 5 ton sculpture of steel for the Clube do Pessoal da Siderugia Nacional. He would later become the Cultural Director of this association and editor of Jornal Convívio.

In 1965 he meets Artur Bual, which would come to influence his paintings and through which he would come to embrace Informalism.

In 1972 and 1973 he illustrates Miguel Barbosa´s book covers: O Irineu do Morro and Mulher Macumba, published in Portugal and Brazil. Between 1972 and 1974 he manages Galerias Futura and Opinião.

In 1973 he exhibits several works in the Galerias Futura and Opinião such as Hiroshima and Apocalypse – Poem for Manuel Alegre among others, which gave rise to harsh criticism of the press connected to the regime. Between 1973 and 1983, he writes several texts of presentation and painting critics for catalogues of Francisco Simões, Silva Palmeira, Júlio Ferreira, Fernando Meneses, Maria Lucília Moita and Villar de Sousa, among others. In 1975 Arthur Bual portrays him in an acrylic of 2m x 1m, which is considered one of the painter’s strongest portraits. In 1979 and 1983 he encourages the painting exhibitions in Codilivro.

In 1980 along with Artur Bual and Francisco Simões, he organizes the exhibition Viagem ao Mundo da Linha, da Forma e da Cor, which represented a new form of exhibiting art, henceforth widening this concept.

In 1980 his bust is made in bronze by the sculptor Francisco Simões. In 1981 he draws tiles, making a brief incursion in the art of tiling. In 1983 he publishes the book Cantares de Amigo, jointly with three other poets, culminating the spread of his poetry in tertúlias (informal meetings), in the regional press and two programs of poetry in Rádio Comercial.

On 18 May 1983, he dies in Lisbon.

In 1983 he is honored with an exhibition in Codilivro – Lembrar Moita Macedo.

In October 1983 he is honored with an exhibition in the Clube do Pessoal da Siderugia Nacional.

In 1985 he is honored with an exhibition in the students association of the Instituto Superior de Economia, in which Artur Bual, Francisco Simões, Silva Palmeira, Stella de Brito, Henrique Mourato, Isabel Seruca, Vítor Ferreira, Guy Ferreira, Alvaro Gonzaga, Mena Brito, Mário Silva, Hugo Beja, Júlio Ferreira, Maria Lucília Moita, Adão Rodrigues, Miguel Barbosa, Manuel Peliquito, among others, participated.

In 1993 the book Poema da Terra dos Homens Curvados (written in the 70s) is published.

In 1993 he is honored in the Galeria de S. Bento in a exhibition by Artur Bual, Francisco Simões, Mena Brito, Francisco Relógio and Miguel Barbosa.

In 1997 three serigraphies of his work are published by Mestre António Inverno.

In 2000 Urbano Tavares Rodrigues writes the preface for a new book of poetry, illustrated by Francisco Simões, published in October 2002 by Estar Editora.

In 2001 Miguel Barbosa illustrates a book of his poetry.