Born in Lisbon on 2nd November 1950.
He lives and works in S. Pedro do Estoril.

Teaches at FBAUL (Lisbon University's Faculty of Fine Arts | Faculdade de Belas Artes da Universidade de Lisboa).

  • 1968

    He attends Rolando Sá Nogueira's drawing class at SNBA (Sociedade Nacional de Belas Artes/ National Fine Arts Society ), Lisbon.

    Takes part in his first group exhibition at the XIV Salão de Outono (or Autumn Salon ), in Estoril.

    Begins the Architecture course at ESBAL (Escola Superior de Belas Artes de Lisboa/ Lisbon School of Fine Arts ).

  • 1968-1969

    The social and political themes of his work reflect the wars in Africa and Vietnam, the student protest movements of 1968 and the Portuguese electoral campaign of 1969.

  • 1969

    He visits Munich, Vienna, Venice, Florence and Madrid, and develops a particular interest in Goya's late paintings at the Prado Museum in Madrid.

    Begins working at his father's office (Rafael Botelho). His collaboration with Manuel Tainha starts shortly afterwards.

  • 1976

    He completes the Architecture course at ESBAL.

    Teaches Art at the Liceu D. Pedro V, in Lisbon (1976/1978)

  • 1977

    He has his first one-person exhibition, at Centro Cultural da Comuna , Lisbon, exhibiting drawings.

  • 1976/1983

    Architecture: branches of Caixa Geral de Depósitos at Mafra and Olivais, Lisbon (in collaboration with João Abel Manta); works at the Direcção Geral de Construções Hospitalares (1978/1980); works with his father on a vast group of projects for the Nazaré district, Funchal (1978/1983).

  • 1980/1981

    He enters the Hot Clube jazz school , then run by the bass player, José Eduardo.

  • 1982/1983

    He returns to SNBA, Lisbon, for drawing lessons with Sá Nogueira.

  • 1983/1985

    Through a Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation grant, he studies to the Byam Shaw School of Art, London, where he attends the Image Painting studio run by Wynn Jones.

    Does life drawing.

    At the invitation of his tutor, Timothy Hyman, he meets a group of artists committed to some form of contemporary narrative art. The group have occasional meetings on the South Bank (London).

  • 1985

    He takes the Slade School post-graduation course, where Paula Rego and Jefferey Camp are his tutors, and meets Ken Kiff.

  • 1986

    One-person exhibition at the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Lisbon (catalogue with an essay by Timothy Hyman).

  • 1987

    He completes the Slade School post-graduation course and moves to S. João do Estoril, but keeps his studio/residence in London.

    Exhibits for the first time at Módulo - Centro Difusor de Arte (Lisbon and Oporto). The Oporto exhibition includes works previously shown at the Gulbenkian Foundation. In Lisbon, he exhibits unseen works displaying a greater chromatic openness.

  • 1988

    He sets up his studio at the former studio of Carlos Botelho in Buzano, Parede.

  • 1989

    At Módulo, Lisbon, he exhibits paintings and drawings that continue to focus on his long-term concerns, with new formal developments (he maintains the expressionist matrix and gets closer to Braque and Picasso's synthetic cubism).

    Supports the Carlos Botelho exhibition at the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation.

  • 1991

    At Módulo, he exhibits a large group of works on paper and a single, large painting, underlining the change in his work since 1989.

  • 1992

    Exhibition at the Flowers East gallery, London, where he shows a few drawings from the series exhibited at Módulo in 1991, and a group of new paintings consciously linked to cubism. The exhibition, Friends of Botelho , including works by Timothy Hyman, Ken Kiff, Jefferey Camp and Paula Rego, among others, is presented simultaneously.

  • 1992/1995

    He teaches at ARCO (drawing and painting), at a high school (Escola Secundária Fernando Lopes Graça, Parede), and sets up a short drawing course at the Monumental gallery.

  • 1993

    Installation of public art beside Calçada de Carriche, in Lisbon, as part of the City Hall's Festas da cidade programme: a group of 27 programmed traffic lights, allude to the city as a place of 'organised chaos'; the whole piece works like a canon of lights .

    Begins studying the works of Carlos Botelho.

  • 1994

    One-person exhibition at the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, including the paintings shown at Flowers East, as well as recent work with new social and autobiographical themes (catalogue with essay by Maria Helena de Freitas).

    Curator (in partnership with Fernando Azevedo) of the exhibition Botelho - Os Anos Diferentes , at the Palácio Galveias, Lisbon.

  • 1995

    Starts teaching at FBAUL (Lisbon University's Faculty of Fine Arts | Faculdade de Belas Artes da Universidade de Lisboa).

    At Módulo, he exhibits paintings and drawings full of new references (contemporary events side by side with images from the history of art).

  • 1996

    He leaves his studio/residence in London and settles permanently in Portugal.

  • 1997/1998

    He takes the Provas de Aptidão Pedagógica e Capacidade Científica/ Exams in Pedagogical Aptitude and Academic Capacity (FBAUL).

  • 1998

    He designs an azulejo (tiles) panel for the Serviços Comuns do Instituto Politécnico de Beja.

    Exhibition of recent works at Módulo, Lisbon, underlining the change in his work since 1995.

    At Módulo, Oporto, he exhibits unseen works begun in 1984 and finished in the interim.

    Moves his studio to the garage of his home in S. Pedro do Estoril.

  • 1999

    He returns to work on the study and public presentation of Carlos Botelho's work for the centenary celebrations of his birth. He is curator of an exhibition of painting at the Museu Arpad Szenes - Vieira da Silva (Lisbon) and of drawing at the Casa da Cerca (Almada).

  • 2000

    He exhibits a selection from his last four years of work at the Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga, in Lisbon (catalogue essay by José Luís Porfírio, Director of the Museum).

    Manuel Botelho: Pintura e Desenho , Editorial Estar, 2000; monograph on the painter, with text by João Lima Pinharanda.

  • 2000/2001

    He plans a PhD. at FBAUL (Faculdade de Belas Artes da Universidade de Lisboa), entitled: Percursos Paralelos: Uma Análise da Obra de Guston e um Projecto Pessoal de Pintura (Parallel Paths: An Analysis of Guston's Work and a Personal Painting Project), supervised by Isabel Sabino.

    Trips to Paris (2000) and Valencia (2002) during his research on Philip Guston).

  • 2001

    Exhibition of drawings at Módulo, Lisbon, on the theme "Visitation".

  • 2002/2003

    In September 2002, he takes a sabbatical from FBAUL to work on his PhD.

    In September 2003, he exhibits at Módulo, Lisbon, where he explores themes such as Surrender, Confession, etc.

  • 2004

    Trips to London and New York during his research on Guston.

  • 2005

    "Manuel Botelho: Painting and Drawing, 1984-2004"; exhibition at the Modern Art Centre, Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Lisbon (Centro de Arte Moderna, Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian, Lisboa).

    Manuel Botelho is represented by Lisboa 20, Lisboa.

    One Person exhibitions at Centro Cultural de Lagos (Lagos. Curator: João Pinharanda), and Galeria J. Gomes Alves (Guimarães).

  • 2006

    Finishes his PhD at FBAUL (Lisbon University’s Faculty of Fine Arts).
    Solo exhibition at Lisboa 20 gallery, Lisbon, exploring the idea of violence and the war in Angola, Guiné and Mozambique (1961-1974).

    In September Botelho stops painting and drawing. In order to deepen his work about the war in Portuguese Africa, he takes photographs at Lisbon’s Military Museum of weapons used during the conflict.

  • 2007

    "Rigor Mortis"; exhibition of drawings depicting a time of oppression (Salazar, Stalin, Hitler), at João Esteves de Oliveira gallery, Lisbon.

    Publishes a book on Philip Guston.

    Still concerned with the African war theme, his photography takes new directions, with narrative self-portraits and still lives.

  • 2008

    Exhibits his new photo series in 3 exhibitions: at Miguel Nabinho / Lisboa 20 gallery, Lisbon (CONFIDENTIAL/DECLASSIFIED III: ambush); at Elvas’ Museum of Contemporary Art (CONFIDENTIAL/DECLASSIFIED I: inventory); and at EDP Foundation, Electricity Museum, Lisbon (CONFIDENTIAL/DECLASSIFIED II).

  • 2009 - 2012

    One-person exhibitions:

    Matchbox: Portugal is not a Small Country. Miguel Nabinho Gallery, Lisbon, 2009.

    Aerogram. Fernando Santos Gallery, Oporto, 2009.

    Confidential/Desclassified: War Godmother. Lagos Cultural Centre, Lagos, 2009.

    Letters of Love and Longing. Cascais Cultural Centre, Cascais, 2011.

    Slow March. Laboratório das Artes (Arts Laboratory), Guimarães, 2012.

    Confidential/Desclassified. PLMJ Foundation, Lisbon, 2012.

  • 2013 - 2017

    One-person exhibitions:

    Aerogram. Lugar do Desenho – Fundação Júlio Resende, Gondomar, 2013.

    Triumphal Journey (performance; video installation). Old School, Lisbon, 2013, December 7 –

    Confidential/Desclassified: Outdoor Mass. Pavilhão Preto do Museu da Cidade, Lisbon; curator: João Pinharanda; 2014.

    Confidential/Declassified: Outdoor Mass. Galeria do Parque, Vila Nova da Barquinha; curator: João Pinharanda; 2014-2015.

    Album. Miguel Nabinho / Lisboa 20 Gallery, Lisbon, 2017.