Emília Morais


"My warm paintings, with ethnic elements and with the primordial presence of animals, whether domestic or wild, make us remember the best of Africa and the connection that I have with nature. "


Emília Morais

Emília Morais was born in Uíge, Angola in 1957.

In Angola she attended the course of visual arts and, already in Portugal, she attended the Complementary Course of Image, by António Arroio School, in Lisbon and graduated in Painting by the School of Fine Arts of Lisbon.

She was a Visual Education teacher at Escola Básica Dr. António Augusto Louro, Seixal.

Her first solo exhibition was in Angola.

In 1990, she made her debut in Portugal with a solo exhibition at the Art Gallery of the Estoril Casino. Furthermore, Emília Morais participated in several collective exhibitions in Portugal and abroad, such as in Spain, Belgium, Japan, Korea and Macao.

Emília Morais and her works have been recognized with awards and mentions, such as the 2nd prize "Novos Valores da Cultura" - State Secretariat of Culture, Mosteiro dos Jerónimos in 1988 and the Honourable Mention, "Salão Primavera" - Art Gallery of the Casino Estoril in 1989.

Her bibliography can be found in various national and foreign books such as "Aspectos das Artes Plásticas em Portugal", by Fernando Infante do Carmo and "Guide de Arte Africaine Contemporain" -Association Afrique et Création, 2ême Edition, Paris.

Currently, Emília Morais is represented in the following entities: Lisbon City Hall, Almada City Hall, Seixal City Hall, Amadora City Hall, "Fidelidade" Insurance Company, Estoril Casino (Society "Estoril-Sol"), Setúbal Museum of Archaeology and Ethnography and in several private collections in Portugal and abroad, namely in the United States of America, Germany and Spain.

Individual exhibitions:
2020 - Seixal, Augusto Cabrita Exhibition Gallery Africo, Seixal Cultural Forum, Portugal;

2016 - Algés, Perfect Square, Ribamar Gallery, Portugal;

2014 - Seixal, Painting in Time, Augusto Cabrita Exhibition Gallery, Seixal Cultural Forum, Portugal;

2013 - Sintra, Paintings in Time -1983-2013, Municipal Gallery, Sintra Town Hall, Portugal;

2009 - Corroios, Cats and More Cats, Municipal Gallery of Corroios, Seixal Town Hall, Portugal;

2006 - Sintra, Painting, Municipal Gallery in Fitares. Sintra City Hall, Portugal;

2004 - Corroios, Stories, Municipal Gallery of Corroios, Seixal Town Hall, Portugal;

1998 - Sintra, Signs, Fitares Municipal Gallery, Sintra Town Hall, Portugal;

1998 - Amadora, Painting, Municipal Gallery, Portugal;

1997 - Sesimbra, Painting, Art and Sea Gallery, Portugal;

1996 - Seixal, Painting, Exhibition Gallery Augusto Cabrita, Seixal Cultural Forum, Portugal;

1996 - Setúbal, Close to the Earth, Cogito Gallery, Portugal;

1995 - Lisbon, Luz, Cor e Magia, Gymnásio Gallery, City Hall of Lisbon; Portugal;

1990 - Estoril, Estoril Casino Art Gallery.

1988 - 2nd New Culture Values Award, Secretary of State for Culture, Jeronimos Monastery, Portugal;

1989 - Honorable Mention, Spring Salon, Art Gallery of the Casino Estoril, Portugal.

Mentioned in:
1995 - "Guide de Arte Africaine Contemporain", Association Afrique et Création, Paris;

1994 - "Young Art - Painting", by Nuno Lima de Carvalho;

1993 - "Plastic Arts in Portugal", by Narciso Martins;

1992 - "Aspects of Plastic Arts in Portugal", by Fernando Infante do Carmo;
"The Portuguese Plastic Esperances", by Manuela O. Synec, Edições Vega.

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