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(photo: César Santos)






In the leaflet No. 4, Nós somos a SPA (We are the Portuguese Society of Authors), 1992


Rui Duarte Botelho Moreira Braga

1953 Born in Lisbon, on the 16th April

While adolescent initiates his early studies of drawing with the painter Miguel Arruda.

1972 Follows a course of free drawing with the sculptor Hélder Baptista as preparation for entering the Course of Painting at the Escola Superior de Belas Artes de Lisboa, ESBAL (Faculty of Fine Arts of the University of Lisbon).

Joins the Department of Painting at the ESBAL, transferring afterwards to the Department of Architecture.

1978 Graduates in Architecture with the final classification of Good.

Receives a grant from the Gulbenkian Foundation.

Member of the Sociedade Nacional de Belas Artes, SNBA (National Society of Fine Arts), of the Associação dos Arquitetos Portugueses, AAP (Association of the Portuguese Architects) – later on called Ordem dos Arquitetos – holding No. 1168 of this Association and also member of the União Internacional dos Arquitetos, UIA (International Union of Architects).

Develops his activity as painter and architect, specializing in this area in residential projects and collective facilities – auditoriums, theaters and churches.



1986 Resumes his activity in the area of painting.

Participates in the collective painting exhibition Salão Convívio, at the SNBA.

1987 Takes part in the collective painting exhibition Prémio Malhoa, at the SNBA.

Accepted as beneficiary by the Sociedade Portuguesa de Autores, SPA (Portuguese Society of Authors).

1988/89 Produces several pictorial works on the historical and architectural  heritage, being their multiples publicised by the Instituto Português do Património ArquitetónicoIPPAR (Portuguese Institute of Architectural Heritage) and by the Instituto Português dos Museus, IPM (Portuguese Institute of Museums).

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Creates the paintings commissioned by the golf resorts Aldeia do Golfe and Golférias in Vilamoura and also by Cortal, S.A., Interdarte, Lda.,Sofinloc Sa., by the restaurant Páginas Tantas (Bairro Alto) and by several private collections.

Stays in England for the execution of an order by LLOYD’S OF LONDON (edition of silk screen printing at the studio of António Inverno).

1990 Commission from the CORREIOS DE PORTUGAL (Portuguese Postal Service) for the painting of the 5 commemorative stamps concerning the “Centenary of Rossio Railway Station”.

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Solo exhibition of painting at the Palácio Nacional da Pena, on the theme A Cor do Património (under the sponsorship of the Instituto Português do Património Cultural, Interdarte, Lda., Sofinloc, Sa., Companhia de Seguros Fidelidade and Enatur – Empresa Nacional de Turismo EP).

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Solo exhibition of painting at the Galeria de Arte dos CTT , Fórum Picoas, under the title Estação Central.

Commission from the CP – Caminhos de Ferro Portugueses (Portuguese Railways) for the edition of the silk screen printings made at the studio of António Inverno and the acquisition of the original paintings concerning the railway engines and Rossio Railway Station, included in the commemorative stamp edition on the “Centenary of the Central Railway Station”.

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Commissions from the Municipality of Lisbon, the Municipality of Sintra and the Municipality of Serpa for multiples of pictorial works done on the historical and architectural heritage of these cities.

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1991 Commission from the Portuguese Society of Authors for a canvas with the integration of its head office in the urban environment.

1992 Represented by the Tsukushi Art Gallery in Tokyo, exports to Japan originals and exclusive silk screen prints.

1993 Commission from the Municipality of Seixal for pictorial works and the execution of multiples to be publicised in the Cultural Forum and at the Tourism Office.


Allows the Laboratório Nacional de Engenharia Civil the copyright use of reproductions of his paintings on Lisbon in the covers of the 3 leaflets concerning the international congress EUROCK 93.

1994 The Municipality of Elvas orders some paintings on the survey of the most significant historical/architectural heritage and its reproduction in multiples for publicising purposes in the Tourism Office.

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1995 Retrospective painting exhibition at the Galeria de Arte do Alvito. Commission from the Alvito Municipality and the Pousada do Castelo do Alvito for multiples publicising the historical/architectural heritage of the municipality.

Participates in the Ibero-American Exhibition of Painting and Sculpture, organized by the Portuguese Society of Authors, which acquires some of his original paintings and offers to each international delegation an author’s  silk screen print.


1997 Exports to Japan some reproductions of paintings on the Alentejo, ordered by Mitsubishi Corporation, Nagoya delegation.

1998 Solo painting exhibition at Fórum Picoas under the title Atelier Aberto, where is shown the course of the acrylic painting techniques.


“Intimidades Palacianas”

2004 Commission for a Sacred Art panel painting (triptych measuring 3.60×1.80m), mixed technique, for the the church of Serra in the diocese of Santarém.

A tela em execução

2005 Sacred Art painting As bodas de Canaan, measuring 1.80x20m (mixed technique), by order of the Parish S. Vicente de Paulo, Bairro da Serafina, Lisbon.


Jesus Cristo – “Bodas de Canaan”

2006/08 Preparing the thematic exhibition Casablanca, based on the homonymous film directed by Michael Curtiz (1942).

“Play it again Sam”



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“Pick Pocket”

2011/12 Working exclusively in the area of painting, prepares the thematic exhibition O Auto da Barca do Inferno – Act of the Barge of Hell, based on the homonymous work of the playwright Gil Vicente (1517).

IGESPAR (the entity responsible for the management of the national archeological and architectural heritage) puts up for sale reproductios of his works on Mosteiro dos Jerónimos and Torre de Belém in its gift shops located in these monuments.

Commission for the painting of a Via Sacra, in a total of 15 canvas with the Passion of the Christ, for the future church of S. Brás, in Amadora (Lisbon).

Takes part in the exhibition Salão Convívio dos Artistas, at the Sociedade Nacional de Belas Artes.


Some artists from “The Barge Hell Act”
The Devil The Jew The Angel
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The Devil’s companion The Nobelman The Panderess
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