BIOGRAPHY


    1952

      Luís Soares is born on August 22 in Lourenço 
      Marques, ( now Maputo ) Mozambique. 
      Son of colonists, and is very soon influenced by the 
      white, black and Asiatic mixture characteristic of  
      Mozambique at that time. 
      This cultural and aesthetic experience has profoundly  
      marked his artistic life.. 

    1959

      He comes to Europe for the first time 
      visiting Spain (Seville) and Portugal. 

    1960 

      He returns to Mozambique via Egypt, the Red 
      Sea, Mombassa, Zanzibar and Dar-es-Salaam. 

    1964

      He is self-taught and very soon devotes himself 
      to drawing, pastels, water colours and gouache. 
      His teacher at secondary school is the artist António 
      Heleno, who definitively inspires him to draw and he 
      receives an annual mark of 19 out of twenty for this subject.;

    1966

      He returns to Portugal via the Cape, Moçamedes, Lobito, 
      Luanda and Las Palmas. He settles in Lisbon with 
      his parents and brother and attends Vasco 
      de Gama Secondary School in Sintra; 

    1967

      He visits England, Scotland and Morocco and 
      returns to Mozambique; 

    1968

      He attends drawing courses at the Lourenço Marques 
      Art Nucleus Drawing and Painting School, 
      where he produces his first oil paintings. 
      He exhibits his work in the 'Bússula' Cafe-Bar.. 

    1969

      He gives his first newspaper interview to 
      " Notícias " in Lourenço Marques on the 
      subject of "Existentialism". 
      He enrols as a student at Nuno Alvares Secondary 
      School in Tomar, Portugal. Here he produces large 
      allegorical paintings and commemorative banners 
      to be used in the flower festival. He produces thel 
      finayear students' medal and plate and collaborates 
      on the final year student newspaper where his 
      work is published for the first time.. 
      He decorates shop windows in Tomar. 

    1971

      He returnes to Mozambique. 
      He starts working as an apprentice and 
      later as a freight forwarding assistant. 
      He attends night-school. 

    1973

      He starts working as a bank employee and 
      meets colleagues who are interested in his 
      work, and concentrates on photography. 
      He meets the painter João Aires who takes 
      an interest in his work. 

    1974

      He produces his first commissions for murals 
      for private houses. 
      He holds his first large exhibition in the Casa 
      Amarela supported by Lourenço Marques 
      Town Council. 
      He holds an exhibition in Beira Cultural Centre with the 
      do Jornal "Notícias da Beira" e Direcção Geral 
      assistance of the newspaper "Notícias da Beira" and the Tourist 
      Board. He meets the artist and friend José Padua here. 
      He exhibits work in the Casa Africana in Lourenço Marques 
      and in the Exhibition-Auction for Political Prisoners. 
      He makes his first sculptures out of bronze 
      and aluminium. 

    1975

      He holds an exhibition in Quelimane and participates 
      in the African Association mobile exhibition. 
      He starts working in a pasta and biscuit factory 
      belonging to his father where he uses the workshops 
      to produce iron work. 
      He marries Fátima Gomes.
      Mozambique becomes independent. 
      He collaborates and exhibits his work in the Popular Art  
      Exhibition to celebrate the independence of Mozambique - 
      Maputo. 
      At an exhibition of Mozambique artists in the  
      Palácio Foz in Lisbon he presents a tridimensional 
      work, oil on tridimensional - canvas and plastic-; 
      "0 Carneiro" (The Ram) - which has since been lost. 
      He produces his first sculptures and models 
      out of plastics using waste from a plastics factory. 

    1976

      He holds an exhibition in Galeria 33 in Johannesburg,  
      South Africa. 
      He learns to make his first items of pottery in the Matola 
      Pottery Works, near Lourenço Marques.. 
      He uses the then abandoned Art Nucleus as a painting 
      and ceramics studio with his colleague and friend  
      Lobo Fernandes. 
      He produces designs for tiles in a factory in Umbeluzi, 
      near Lourenço Marques. 
      He leaves and visits Nigeria, Zaire, Kenya and Paris, 
      where he first sees the original works of artists 
      from all over the world. 
      He participates in the exhibition commemorating the 
      lst Anniversary of Independence. 
      He visits London, Munich, Zurich and Paris once again. 
      He is one of the founders of COAPA. - Centro Organi- 
      zativo dos Artistas Plásticos e Artezãos (Art and 
      Handicrafts Artist's Centre), which is born out of 
      the ashes of the extinct Art Nucleus. 
      Their daughter, Solange, is born. 

    1977

      He exhibits work in Paris, Galerie La Passerelle in S 
      Louis and the Holiday Inn, Mbabane, Swaziland. 
      and participates in collective exhibitions in Zimbabwe, 
      Japan, Spain, Australia, USA, Poland, Cuba, Switzerland, 
      East Germany, Italy, Algeria, Nigeria and in the 2nd 
      Anniversary of Independence, where he presents the 
      painted plastic work "A Tortura" (Torture). 
      He visits Paris, London, Munich, Frankfurt, Amsterdam, 
      Brussels, Milan, Venice, Geneva and Zurich. In  
      Lisbon in the Gravura Gallery he has his first contact 
      with engraving. 

    1978

      He once again visits Paris, Zurich and Geneva. 
      He participates in the 3rd Independence, 
      Exhibition and in the Facim Exhibition, 
      where he presents a series of drawings entitled 
      "0 Voto" (The Vote). At that time he leaves 
      for Portugal and does not return to Mozambique. 
      He spends Christmas 1978 with his family in 
      Lisbon where he settles. 

    1979

      He is given a grant by the Calouste Gulbenkian 
      Foundation to study engraving at the Portuguese 
      Engraver's Cooperative Society -GRAVURA, under 
      the technical guidance of João Hogan. 

    1980

      He produces paintings on tiles at the Viuva 
      Lamego Factory, taking advantage of the experience 
      he has already gained in Mozambique to create 
      ceramic paintings of African influence for 
      large scale production. 
      He has his first contact with Portuguese  
      ceramics of which he becomes an ardent admirer. 
      He exhibits work in the O País Gallery. 

    1981

      He moves to Cascais and opens a workshop 
      where he starts research work with a view to 
      creating a type of pottery which can be identified 
      with the area, creating new roots for himself. 
      This ceramic work is now well known. 
      He engraves the pieces himself and they are 
      finished by collaborators, which gives him 
      sufficient time to concentrate on painting and 
      sculpture. 

    1982

      He visits Seville where he had his first 
      contact with the dry rope technique in ceramics. 

    1983

      He exhibits work in the Sintra Tourist Palace. 
      He goes to Granada, travels throughout the 
      south of Spain and in Barcelona meets and 
      becomes a great friend of the Catalan potter 
      from Granollers, Antoni Cumella. 
      He comes into contact with old and recent 
      Spanish pottery. 
      They have a son, Hugo. 

    1984

      He returns to Granollers and travels through the 
      French Pyrenees and the whole of north Europe. 
      He produces pottery using the Cumella technique 
      using fine sandstone. 
      He exhibits work in Braga at the University and 
      in the Mercado de Escravos Gallery in Lagos. 

    1985

      He holds two simultaneous exhibitions of ceramics 
      and painting and sculpture in Lagos, Algarve, 
      in the Armazém Regimental and the Mercado de 
      Escravos Gallery. 
      He travels through Spain, France, Switzerland and Italy. 
      He exhibits work in Geneva at the Metropolis Gallery. 
      He visits Arco 8-5 in Madrid for the first time. 

    1986

      He exhibits work in the Berruet Gallery, Logrono, Spain; 
      Arco 86, International Contemporary Art Fair, 
      Madrid, Spain; 
      STR Gallery, Funchal, Madeira; 
      Ogiva Gallery, Obidos, Portugal. 
      He travels through Spain and France. 

    1987

      He travels through Spain, France and Belgium. 
      He exhibits work in the Berruet Gallery, Logroño, Spain; 
      Art Jonction International, Nice Art Fair, France; 
      Linearte 87, International Contemporary Art Far, 
      Ghent, Belgium; 
      Peterson Gallery, Tonsberg, Norway. 
      They have a son, Daniel. 

    1988

      He exhibits work in the Waterside Centre, Norfolk, 
      Virginia, USA; 
      Peterson Gallery, Tonsberg, Norway; 
      Place des Arts Gallery, Montpellier, France; 
      Portimão Gallery, Portimão, Portugal; 
      Androx Gallery, Vigo, Spain; 
      Art Jonction lnternational, Nice Art Fair, France. 
      He visits Spain, France, Belgium, The Netherlands, 
      Germany and the USA for the first time. 

    1989

      He exhibits work from the period 1968-1978 in the 
      Viragem Gallery, Association of Plastic Artists 
      of Cascais, Cascais, Portugal; 
      Art London 89, International Contemporary Art Fair, London; 
      Roca Gallery, Marinha Grande, Portugal; 
      Art Expo 89, International Contemporary Art Fair, New York, USA; 
      Tibury's Art Gallery, Sint-Truiden, Belgium; 
      Portimão Gallery, Portimão, Portugal; 
      Lineart 89, International Contemporary Art Fair, Ghent, Belgium; 
      Gijzenrooi Gallery, Geldrop, The Netherlands. 

    1990

      He participates in exhibitions at Art Frankfurt, 
      Frankfurt, Germany; 
      Atelier 22, Antwerp, Belgium; 
      Art Expo 90, New York, USA; 
      Portimão Gallery, Portimão, Portugal; 
      Lineart 90, Ghent, Belgium; 
      Beira-Vouga Gallery, S.Pedro do Sul, Portugal; 
      Gijzenrooi Gallery, Geldrop, The Netherlands; 
      Artexpo 91, Los Angeles, USA. 

    1991 

      He exhibits at the 2062 Gallery, Lisbon, Portugal; 
      Art Frankfurt, Frankfurt, Germany; 
      Art Expo 91, New York, USA; 
      Grão Vasco Museum, Viseu, Portugal; 
      Francisco Tavares Proença Júnior Museum, Castelo Branco, Portugal; 
      Portimão Gallery, Portimão, Portugal; 
      Washer Gallery, Brussels, Belgium; 
      l'Ombre de Château Gallery, Bolland, Belgium; 
      Lineart 91, Ghent, Belgium; 
      Gijzenrooi Gallery, The Netherlands; 
      Atelier 22 Gallery, Antwerp, Belgium; 
      Art Expo 91, Los Angeles, USA; 
      Château Motin Gallery, Hannut, Belgium; 
      Guller Gallery, Marche-en-Famenne, Belgium; 
      l'Art du Temps Gallery, Verviers, Belgium; 
      Accent on Art Gallery, W.Hollywood, CA-USA, 
      Callejon de la Parra Gallery, Cartagena, Spain; 
      Mozambican Painters and Sculptors, Estoril Casino Gallery, 
      Estoril, Portugal; Mozambique's Independence Commemoration 
      Exhibition, Moira Gallery, Lisbon, Portugal; 
      Soto Galo Biennial, Logroño, Spain. 

    1992 

      He exhibits work at the Dionísio Pinheiro 
      e Alice Cardoso Pinheiro Foundation 
      and Museum, Águeda, Portugal; 
      SAF 91, Stockholm, Sweden; 
      2062 Gallery, Lisbon, Portugal; 
      Art Expo 92, New York, USA; 
      Androx Gallery, Vigo, Spain; 
      Europart 92, Geneva, Switzerland; 
      Portimão Gallery, Portimão, Portugal; 
      l'Art du Temps Gallery, Verviers, Belgium; 
      Aveiro Museum, Aveiro, Portugal; 
      Raiman Gallery, Knokke, Belgium; 
      Lineart 92, Ghent, Belgium; 
      Art Los Angeles, Los Angeles, USA; 
      Taurina-Soto Galo Sculpture Biennial, Logroño, Spain. 

    1993 

      He exhibits work at Loios Gallery, Oporto, Portugal; 
      Art Miami, Miami, USA; 
      Vilamoura Hotel Gallery, Vilamoura, Portugal; 
      Dr. Santos Rocha Museum, Figueira da Foz, Portugal; 
      Sintra Regional Museum, Sintra, Portugal; 
      Andrès Art Gallery, * The Netherlands; 
      Art Fiera 93, Bolonha, Italy; 
      Europart 93, Geneva, Switzerland; 
      FAC 93, Coimbra, Portugal; 
      Art Jonction 93, Nice, France; 
      Art Dusseldorf, Germany; 
      Lineart 93, Ghent, Belgium; 
      Art Hamburg, Germany. 
      He starts number of innovative works involving digital art.
      He starts a proposal study for exhibitions in monuments 
      and public places. 

    1994

      He exhibits work at Art Miami, USA; 
      Europart 94, Geneva, Switzerland; 
      Art Jonction 94, Cannes, France; 
      Lineart 94, Ghent, Belgium; 
      Berruet Gallery, Logroño, Spain; 
      Art LA 94, Los Angeles, USA. 
      He continues his work with digital art. 
      He does research work on ceramics, renewing 
      the Ceramics of Cascais, his own creation. 

    1995 

      He exhibits work at Art Miami, Miami, USA; 
      Saga 95 - Paris, France; 
      Lineart 95 - Ghent - Belgium; 

    1996 

      He exhibits work at the Aveiro Museum, Aveiro, Portugal; 
      Art Miami 96 - Miami - Eua;  
      Europ'art 96 - Genebra - Suiça; 
      Art Jonction 96 - Cannes - França; 
      Lineart 96 - Gent - Bélgica;  
      Art LA 96, Los Angeles, USA. 
      Belo Belo Gallery, Braga, Portugal 
      He starts his project on the Internet Page, 
      Tridimensional Art and Animation Art. 

    1997

      Art - Miami 97 - Miami - EUA; 
      A Galeria - Sintra; 
      Lineart 97 - Gent - Bélgica; 
      Europ'art 97 - Genebra - Suiça; 
      Galeria de Arte L.C.R. - Arte Lusófona -  Sintra 
      Art La 97 - Los Angeles - EUA. 

    1998

      Art - Miami 98 - Miami - EUA; 
      Europ'art 98 - Genebra - Suiça; 
      Artexpo 98 - Nova Iorque - EUA; 
      Lineart 98 - Gent - Bélgica; 
      Art La 98 - Los Angeles - EUA. 

    1999

      Art - Miami 99 - Miami - EUA; 
      Europ'art 99 - Genebra - Suiça; 
      Artexpo 99 - Nova Iorque - EUA; 

    2000

      Europ'art 2000 - Genebra - Suiça; 
      Artexpo 2001 - Nova Iorque - EUA; 
      Lineart 2001 - Gent - Bélgica; 

    2001

      Art - Miami 2001 - Miami - EUA; 
      Artexpo 2001 - Nova Iorque - EUA; 
      Espaço Lóios - Porto; 
      Lineart 2001 - Gent - Bélgica; 
      Art La 2001 - Los Angeles - EUA. 
Throughout these years he has participated in more than 
five hundred joint exhibitions all over the world.. 
 

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