João de Almeida

João de Almeida » Biographical note

JOÃO DE ALMEIDA, is well known in Portugal as an architect. Lately he is also becoming widely recognized as a painter. His long architectural career began in the late 1960’s, when he finished his studies in Lisbon, his native city, after some time studying at Porto and training in Switzerland, Germany and Barcelona.

In his youth he designed two parish churches for communities in the outskirts of Lisbon, one of them, the Moscavide Church, having had the collaboration of renowned artists: the sculptor Master Lagoa Henriques and the painters José Escada and Manuel Cargaleiro.

Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga Edifício Administrativo Expo 98 Within his association of architects he has co-authored relevant projects, like the renovation of the Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga (National Museum of Ancient Art) in Lisbon, a private condominium in Lisbon’s Historic Centre, near the Science Academy (awarded the prestigious Valmor Prize in 1990), the rehabilitation and conversion of Lisbon’s XVII th Century Bernardas Convent and the administrative building of Expo 98 at Parque das Nações, also awarded with a Valmor Prize in 1997. He took part in the renovation of the Lisbon City Hall, after the 1995 fire, as author of the project for one its’ noble areas, with the collaboration of painter Jorge Martins.

In the Medeiros e Almeida Foundation, created in 1973 by his uncle Antonio Medeiros e Almeida with the intention of preserving and displaying to the public his valuable art collection, he is an administrator and a consultant for the temporary exhibitions, having had wide previous experience in working with museums, since his studio set up several important exhibitions, like Josefa de Obidos’ paintings at the Royal Palace Ajuda, 1991, “XVI th Century Portuguese Trading Stations in Flanders”, at the National Museum of Ancient Arte, 1992 and “Triumph of the Baroque”, at CCB-Cultural Centre Belém, 1993.

In his youth, before beginning his course in architecture, he studied painting at the Lisbon Fine Arts School and practised with Professor Frederico George. However, painting was eventually relinquished in favour of architecture.

In recent years he has returned to drawing, using the technique of black and white dry pastel. He exhibited in Lisbon at the Gallery Antiks-Design in May 2004, in Ponte de Sor at the State Gallery in September 2005 and in London at the ZIZI Gallery in January 2006.

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