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Maus  Contemporary


Manuel Caeiro


Manuel Caeiro

* M I K A D O *






Manuel Caeiro explores the limits of architectural forms in his complex abstract paintings. In the recent paintings, the shapes and lines of his previous works are extended into increasingly dazzling, and playful, compositions.

Architectural imagery and signage have long been staples of Caeiro’s visual vocabulary. Planes and other geometric shapes are his subjects, along with thin rectangular forms like caution signs. In the artist's recent works , this imagery is inserted into voids, removing the connection to man-made spaces. Instead, these new works function like allegories of painting. Some compositions, with planes like stretched canvases, resemble perilously-arranged artist’s storage; in other works, these painting-like shapes appear to topple like a house of cards. Balance, whether making a house of cards or painting, is one move away from falling apart.

Caeiro has recently made a transformative shift from complex paintings of architectural spaces to increasingly abstract compositions that insert imagery from his previous work into the void. Planes and other geometric shapes are the subjects of these highly-refined pictures which imply man-made spaces, but without specific reference. In his newest body of work, this imagery hangs in the air, suggesting an imaginary space, or a void. These compositions appear to focus on painter's spaces rather than architectural spaces, alternately resembling crowded rows of canvases, artist's loft storage with the room subtracted, or paintings falling like a tumbling house of cards. These works are allegories for the life of a painter, who must contend symbolically and physically with his or her own creations.


The artist's use of color planes resembles the vivid, monochrome geometric works of Minimalist sculptors like Donald Judd. Caeiro's interpretations, however, manipulate the plane, folding it upon itself and appropriating it.

This bold move claims the Specific Object as fodder for painting. Caeiro's works make a powerful argument for the primacy of painting; other fields like architecture and sculpture are easily subsumed into imagery for the painter.


Manuel Caeiro has shown extensively in his native Portugal, as well as Spain and Brazil, and has recently begun to gain recognition beyond the Portuguese and Spanish-speaking world. The work of this exciting mid-career painter has revelatory implications for the continued struggle between painting and sculpture, and beta pictoris gallery is thrilled to introduce his work to a greater audience.


Manuel Caeiro (b. 1975 in Évora, Portugal; lives and works in Lisbon) studied at the Gabriel Pereira College of Arts, Évora and the University of Fine Arts in Lisbon. His work has been exhibited at the Modern Art Museum in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; the Barrié de la Maza Foundation in La Coruña, Spain; and the Contemporary Art Museum, La Coruña, Spain; among others, and is included in the collections of the Culturgest and the PLMJ Foundation, both in Lisbon, Portugal; the Banco Sabadell in Barcelona, Spain; as well as in private collections in the US, Portugal, Spain, Germany, Turkey, and Belgium.

Recent solo exhibitions include * M I K A D O * at beta pictoris gallery, Briefing Room at Ponce+Robles Gallery in Madrid, Spain; the exhibition Totem, at Galeria Lurixs in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; and YellowMetric at Galeria Mário Sequeira in Braga, Portugal.

A biography on the artist is forthcoming in the Fall of 2016.







Manuel Caeiro


acrylic on canvas
300 by 400 cm
118.1 by 157.5 in.






Manuel Caeiro


acrylic on canvas
200 by 381 cm
78.7 by 150 in.




This painting was included in the 2010 exhibition Terceira Metade (Third Half)

at the Museum of Modern Art in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil,

curated by Luis Camillo Osorio and Marta Mestre.









Manuel Caeiro

Nas Nuvens I      Nas Nuvens II      Nas Nuvens III

acrylic on canvas
each 200 by 150 cm
each 78.7 by 59.1 in.





Manuel Caeiro

Mirror 1

acrylic on canvas
200 by 293 cm
78.7 by 115.4 in.







Manuel Caeiro

Windows Dance

acrylic on canvas
150 by 125 cm
59 by 49 in.








Manuel Caeiro

Relíquias Sagradas para una Aventura Espacial

acrylic on canvas
200 by 155 cm
78.75 by 61 in.







Manuel Caeiro

Trompe l'oeil I

acrylic on canvas
180 by 180 cm
70.9 by 70.9 in.







Manuel Caeiro

Trompe l'oeil II

acrylic on canvas
180 by 180 cm
70.9 by 70.9 in.








Manuel Caeiro

Trompe l'oeil III

acrylic on canvas
180 by 180 cm
70.9 by 70.9 in.








Manuel Caeiro

Palafitic Grid

acrylic on canvas
163 by 118 cm
64.2 by 46.5 in.







Manuel Caeiro


acrylic on canvas
170 by 135 cm
67 by 53 in.







Manuel Caeiro

YellowBlack Stucture

acrylic on canvas
145 by 122 cm
57 by 48 in.






Manuel Caeiro

13.000 M²

acrylic on canvas
152 by 124 cm
59.8 by 48.8 in.






Manuel Caeiro

The Finest Structure Of All
Can Not Have Walls

acrylic on canvas
165 by 140 cm
65 by 55 in.






Manuel Caeiro

The Finest Structure Of All
Can Not Have Walls II

acrylic on canvas
150 by 120 cm
59.1 by 47.2 in.






Manuel Caeiro

Twenty-five Plans And Eight Sticks

acrylic on canvas
150 by 105 cm
59.1 by 41.3 in.







Manuel Caeiro

Complex Wardrobe

acrylic on canvas
155 by 125 cm
61 by 49.25 in.








Manuel Caeiro

Four Sticks Between Orange

acrylic on canvas
170 by 145 cm
67 by 57 in.







Manuel Caeiro

It Is Not A Mistake

acrylic on canvas
143 by 92 cm
56.3 by 36.2 in.







Manuel Caeiro

A Condição Atmosférica #2

acrylic on canvas
166 by 130 cm
65.4 by 51.2 in.






Manuel Caeiro

A Condição Atmosférica #4

acrylic on canvas
166 by 130 cm
65.4 by 51.2 in.






Manuel Caeiro

A Condição Atmosférica #6

acrylic on canvas
166 by 130 cm
65.4 by 51.2 in.









born 1975 in Évora, Portugal
lives and works in Lisbon, Portugal


Gabriel Pereira College of Arts, Évora ( 1987-1993)
University of Fine Arts Lisbon ( 1993-1998)
Artistic Residence, in Speyer, Germany ( 2006)
Teacher of Master Class – Évora University ( 2003- 2010)



“ * MI K A D O * ”, beta pictoris gallery, Birmingham, AL, U.S.

“ ACHIEVING SHADOWS”, Hunchentoot Gallery, Berlin, Germany
“ BRIEFING ROOM”, Galeria Ponce+Robles, Madrid, Spain

“ TOTEM”, Galeria Lurixs, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
“ BACKSTAGE OF LIGHT”, Galeria Carlos Carvalhio, Lisbon, Portugal

“ YELLOWMETRIC”, Galeria Mário Sequeira, Braga, Portugal
“ AMAZING WHITE EMPTYNESS”, Picadeiro do Colégio dos Nobres do Museu de História Natural, Lisbon, Portugal
“ AMAZING TRANSPARENT EMPTINESS”, Crown Gallery, Brussels, Belgium
“ AMAZING FULL EMPTINESS”, Galeria Vilaseco & Hauser, Corunha, Spain

“ DOMESTIC VIABILITY”, Crown Gallery, Brussels, Belgium
“ 12 000 m2 dentro de um T0”, Galeria Carlos Carvalho, Lisbon, Portugal
“ HD”, Galeria Bacelos, Vigo, Spain
“ 33’’ de Fama”, CarpeDiem, Arte e Pesquisa, Lisbon, Portugal
“ Arrufos e Entulhos”, Galeria Gomes Alves, Guimarães, Portugal
“ DOWN SIDE UP” Lurixs-Baró, Galeria Baró, São Paulo, Brazil

“ MANUEL CAEIRO”, Centro Cultural Vila Flor, Guimarães, Portugal
“ BELÉM COFFRAGE”, Ermida Nª.Senhora da Conceição, Lisbon, Portugal
“ UP SIDE DOWN”, Galeria Lurixs, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

“ DOWNTOWN”, Galeria Lurixs, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
“ GOLDENMINE”, Galeria Trem, Faro, Portugal

“ PAREDES OCAS”, Galeria António Barnola, Barcelona, Spain

“ PODIUM, MCO”, Arte Contemporânea, Porto, Portugal
“ WELCOME TO MY LOFT”, Carlos Carvalho Arte Contemporânea, Lisbon, Portugal
“ RECONSTRUYENDO EL VACIO”, Galeria Cubo Azul, Léon, Spain

“ DECONSTRUCTION AND REBUILDING”, Galeria J. M. Gomes Alves, Guimarães, Portugal

“ ÀS VEZES APETECE-ME ESTAR AQUI”, Fundação D. Luís I, Cascais, Portugal
“THE LAST ROOM”, Galeria Évora-Arte, Évora, Portugal
“ Casas da Caparica”, Museu Nacional de História Natural, Sala do Veado, Lisbon, Portugal

“ Dream Houses – Inbox”, Galeria Paços do Concelho, Torres Vedras, Portugal
“ Dream Houses – Outside Door”, Palácio da Galeria, Tavira, Portugal

“ Dream Houses”, Galeria Ara, Lisbon, Portugal

“ NEIGHBOURHOOD”, Galeria Évora-Arte, Évora, Portugal

“ CENAS DOMÉSTICAS”, Galeria Ara, Lisbon, Portugal

“ Manuel Caeiro”, Galeria Ara, Lisbon, Portugal


ARCO’15, Madrid, Spain
SPArte’15, São Paulo, Brazil
ArtLima’15, Lima, Peru
“ WE ARE PLEASED TO INVITE YOU”# 5, Galeria Carlos Carvalho, Lisbon, Portugal
VOLTA Basel, Switzerland

SPArte’ 14, São Paulo, Brazil
ARCO’ 14, Madrid, Spain
“ WE ARE PLEASED TO INVITE YOU” #4, Galeria Carlos Carvalho, Lisbon, Portugal

SPArte’13, São Paulo, Brazil
ARTRIO’ 13, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
“ WE ARE PLEASED TO INVITE YOU” #3, Galeria Carlos Carvalho, Lisbon, Portugal
ARCO’ 13, Madrid, Spain
“ LOS OJOS DE LAS VACAS”, Galeria Ponce+Robles, Madrid, Spain
“ 13 Artistas, 13 obras e todas as demais”, Galeria Carlos Carvalho, Lisbon, Portugal
“ CASA OCUPADA”, Casa da Cerca, Almada,Portugal
VOLTA, Basel, Switzerland
“ INTERFERÊNCIA”, Galeria Espacio Liquido, Gijon, Spain
“ GREAT MEN DIE TWICE”, Galeria Mário Sequeira, Comporta, Portugal

ARTRIO ’12, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
“ WE ARE PLEASED TO INVITE YOU” #2, Galeria Carlos Carvalho, Lisbon, Portugal
“ Teleférico interactivo”, Guimarães, Portugal
SPArte’12, São Paulo, Brazil
ART Brussels ’12, Brussels, Belgium
ARCO’12, MADRID, Spain
“ Correspondência”, Museu de Arte PréHispánico Rufino Tamayo, Oaxaca Juárez, México

“3ª. Metade”, MAM, Museu de Arte Moderna, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Arte Lisboa ‘ 12, Lisbon, Portugal
Art Brussels 2011, Bruxelas, Belgium
SPArte 2011, Lurixs Arte Contemporânea, S. Paulo, Brazil
Art Amsterdam 2011, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Art Vigo, Galeria Carlos Carvalho, Lisbon, Portugal
VOLTA, Basel, Switzerland
ArteRio ’11, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
“ We are pleased to invite you”, Galeria Carlos Carvalho, Lisbon, Portugal

SCOPE MIAMI, Miami, Florida, US
Fundação Pedro Barrié de la Maza, Spain
Collection Manuel de Brito, CAMB, Algés, Portugal
“ POP UP”, Palácio de Santa Catarina, Lisbon, Portugal
“ 3PT”, Galeria FullArt, Sevilla, Spain
ARCO ’10, Madrid, Spain
“ FIAT LUX” Macuf-Union Fenosa, Centro e Arte Contemporâneo, Corunha, Spain
ART BRUSSELS ’10, Brussels, Belgium
SPARTE’10- Lurixs, Arte Contemporânea, São Paulo, Brazil
VOLTA, Basel, Switzerland
ART AMSTERDAM’10- Galeria Crown, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
“ PROCESSO E TRANSFIGURAÇÃO”, Casa da Cerca, Almada, Portugal
“ 20 Anos”, Sala do Veado, Lisbon, Portugal
ARTE LISBOA ’10, Fil, Lisbon, Portugal

“ Opções e Futuros”, Obras da colecção da fundação PLMJ, Museu da Cidade, Lisbon, Portugal
“ Building rooms”, Galeria Carlos Carvalho, Lisbon, Portugal
ARCO ’09, Madrid, Spain
SPARTE ’09- Galeria Mário Sequeira . São Paulo, Brazil

Fenosa’10, MACUF-Museu de Arte Contemporâneo Union Fenosa, Corunha, Spain
“ À volta do papel”, Centro de Arte Manuel de Brito, Algés, Portugal
“ 5 Portuguese Artists”, Michel Soskine, Madrid, Spain
Arte Lisboa’08, Lisbon, Portugal
Arte Santander’08, Santander, Spain

Art Salamanca, Salamanca, Spain
Arte Lisboa’07, Lisbon, Portugal
ARCO’07, Madrid, Spain
FORO SUR’07, Cáceres, Spain

“ Opções e Futuros, Aquisições Recentes” – PLMJ, Lisbon, Portugal
“ O Espelho de Ulisses 2”, Centro de Arte de S. João da Madeira, Portugal
“ Surrounding Matta-Clark”, Carlos Carvalho Arte Contemporânea, Lisbon, Portugal
“ Wallpaper, StockHouse”, Galeria MCO arte. Porto, Portugal
Arte Lisboa’ 06, Lisbon, Portugal
ART SALAMANCA’06, Salamanca, Spain

“ Outras Arquitecturas, Outros Artistas... Outras Alternativas”, Carlos Carvalho Arte Contemporânea, Lisbon, Portugal
“ Prémio Ariane de Rothschild”, Exposição de seleccionados, Palácio Galveias, Lisbon, Portugal
“ Projecto X”, Galeria Arte Contempo, Lisbon, Portugal
“ Le Premier Dessin”, (com José Lourenço e José Batista Marques), Galeria Ara, Lisbon, Portugal
ARCO´05, Madrid, Spain
Arte Lisboa’05, Lisbon, Portugal

“ Projecto ArtCup”, Galeria Quadrum, Lisbon, Portugal
“ As long as space endures” (com Rui Macedo) Galeria Vértice, Oviedo, Spain
ARCO´04, Madrid, Spain
Arte Lisboa’04, Lisbon, Portugal

ARTESANTANDER 2003, Santander, Spain

ARCO’02, Madrid, Spain
Arte Lisboa’02, Lisbon, Portugal

ARCO’01, Madrid, Spain
FAC’01, Lisbon, Portugal

Galeria Trem (com José Lourenço e Rui Macedo), Faro, Portugal
Galeria Mário Sequeira, Braga, Portugal
ARCO´00, Madrid, Spain
Marca Madeira, Funchal, Portugal
Art Cologne, Cologne, Germany
FAC’00, Lisbon, Portugal

Galeria Évora Arte, Évora, Portugal
Prémio Amadeu de Souza-Cardoso, Amarante, Portugal
Prémio Amadeu de Souza-Cardoso, Quinta das Cruzadas, Linhó, Sintra, Portugal
Artistas com Timor, Armazém 7, Lisbon, Portugal
IV Foro Atlântico de Arte Contemporânea, Pontevedra, Portugal

Exposição de Finalistas da F.B.A.U.L., Fundição de Oeiras, Oeiras, Portugal

Bienal do Alentejo, Nisa e Borba, Portugal
VI Exposição de Artistas Alentejanos, Moita, Portugal
III Exposição Internacional de Artes Plásticas, Moita, Portugal
Bienal de Artes Plásticas, Vendas Novas, Portugal
Prémio Vespeira, Montijo, Portugal
Prémio Nacional de Pintura Júlio Resende, Gondomar, Portugal
Colectiva de Pintura, Galeria Barata, Lisbon, Portugal

Colectiva de Artes Plásticas, Casa do Alentejo, Lisbon, Portugal

Galeria Municipal de Montemor-o-Novo, Montemor-o-Novo, Portugal

Pintura/Desenho, Palácio D. Manuel, Évora, Portugal


1º lugar do Prémio Vespeira (desenho) – “Dreamhouses#0”;
VIII Bienal de Artes Plásticas – “Cidade do Montijo”;
1º lugar do 2º Prémio de Pintura Ariane de Rothschild, Lisbon

Prémio Municipal Jorge Colaço (Azulejaria), Lisbon, Portugal

1º Prémio, 5º Aniversário das Galerias Monumental, Lisbon, Portugal
Menção Honrosa, Prémio João Barata, Galeria Barata, Lisbon, Portugal



Barclays Bank
Sociedade Nacional das Farmácias
Tipografia Fernandes & Terceiro
Fundação PLMJ
Francisco Pimentel & Associados SADV
Serralvarez Arquitectos
Aires Mateus Arquitectos
CME, Lisbon
Faculdade de Direito – Universidade Clássica de Lisboa
Pinto da Fonseca
Banque Privée Edmond de Rothschild Europe, Lisboa
BES Vida;
Colecção Manuel de Brito;
Colecção AIP – Associação Industrial Portuguesa, Lisboa
Câmara Municipal de Tavira
Banco Mais, Lisboa
Santander Totta, Lisboa
Ana Luisa e Mariano Marcondes Ferraz, Brasil
Álvaro Piquet Pessoa Carneiro, Brasil
Bianca Latgè, Brasil
Samuel Garson, Brasil
Sebastião Junior, Brasil
PSD, Lisboa
and numerous other private collections in Portugal, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, France, Germany, Peru, Spain, Russia, Turkey, the UK, and Venezuela.


Carvalho, Carlos Neves, “Sinais do fazer e do fazer do tempo”, Galeria Ara, Lisbon, July 1999.
Carvalho, Carlos Neves, “Na lonjura do Ser”, Lisboa, Galeria Ara (07/20/2001).
Campino, Catarina, “Cenas Domésticas”, Lisboa, Galeria Ara, July 2001.
Oliveira, Luisa Soares de, “Desenho de Projecto”, Lisbon, Galeria Ara, December 2003.
Vasconcelos, José Manuel de, “As paredes da tensão e do repouso”, Lisbon, Galeria Ara, July 1999.
Ramos, Fátima, “Prefácio”, Manuel Caeiro, Casas da Caparica, Edição OPCA, 2005.
Ferreira, Emilia, “Retratos de Almas em Fuga”, Manuel Caeiro, Casas da Caparica, Ed. OPCA, 2005.
Pinharanda, João Lima, “Lugar Construído”, Manuel Caeiro, Casas da Caparica, Edição OPCA, 2005.
Oliveira, Luisa Soares de, “Noticias do Reino das Sombras”, Cascais, Fundação d. Luis I, April, 2005.
“Manuel Caeiro na Galeria Évora Arte”, Évora, Galeria Évora Arte, February 2002.


“Arte de Oviedo – Manuel Caeiro (pintura)”, in: October 2004.
CAMPINO, Catarina, “Campino – Realty Check”, in: Arte Ibérica (n.º 50), Lisbon, Oct./Nov. 2001.
CAMPINO, Catarina, “Cenas Domésticas”, in: Arte Ibérica (nº 50), Lisbon, Oct./Nov. 2001.
CORDEIRO, Mário Pires, “Investir em Arte no mês de Setembro”, in: Semanário Económico, Lisbon     (Sept. 14, 2001).
COSTILLA, Luís Feás, “Caeiro y Rui Macedo, mundos paralelos”, in: La voz de Asturias, Asturias     (Oct. 31, 2004).
“Downtown – Manuel Caeiro”, in: O Globo/Rio Show, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, April 24, 2009.
“Downtown – Manuel Caeiro”, in: Veja Rio/Exposições, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, April 29, 2009.
Espaço & Design, Lisbon, Portugal, October 2001.
FALCÃO, Isabel, “Cultura Xis”, in: revista Xis, Lisbon, October 2001.
FERNANDES, Zélia, “Prisões de uma rotina deprimente”, in: Casa e Decoração, Lisboa, Sept. 2000.
LORENZANA, Pablo, “Caeiro y Rui Macedo inauguran en Vértice”, in: La voz de Asturias, Asturias
    (Oct. 8, 2004).
“Manuel Caeiro”, in: Casa e Jardim, Lisbon, September 1999.
“Manuel Caeiro em Cenas Domésticas”, in: (Sept. 26, 2001).
“Manuel Caeiro na Galeria Évora-Arte”, Évora, Galeria Évora-Arte, February 2002.
“Manuel Caeiro. Dreamhouses”, in:, Oct 2004.
Manuel Caeiro /Rui Macedo – Galeria Vértice, Nueva abstracción y pintura actual”, in: www.servicios., Asturias (Oct 22, 2004).
MARTINS, Celso, “Manuel Caeiro”, in: Expresso Cartaz, Lisbon (Sept. 29, 2001).
MARTINS, Celso, “Manuel Caeiro”, in: Arte Y Parte, Espanha, Sept. 2001.
MARTINS,Celso, “Manuel Caeiro”, in: Expresso – Actual, Lisbon (Dec. 20, 2003).
MARTINS, Celso, “Manuel Caeiro”, in: Expresso, Lisboa. (March 2005).
“Neighbourhood”, in:, Feb. 2002.
“Nueva abstracción y pintura actual”, in:, Oct. 2004.
OLIVEIRA, Luísa Soares de,“Manuel Caeiro”, in: Público/Mil Folhas, Lisbon (Oct. 13, 2001).
OLIVEIRA, Luísa Soares de, “Manuel Caeiro”, in: Público/Mil Folhas, Lisbon (Feb. 16, 2002).
OLIVEIRA, Luísa Soares de, “Desenho de projecto”, Lisboa, Galeria Ara, Dec. 2003.
ROJAS, Mario, “Nueva Abstracción y pintura actual”, in: El Comercio, Asturias (Oct. 14, 2004).
SOUSA, Rocha de, “Histórias de Paredes”, in: Jornal de Letras, Lisbon (Aug. 11, 1999).
SOUSA, Rocha de, “Intercâmbios culturais”, in: Jornal de Letras, Lisbon (Oct. 27, 2004).
SUÁREZ, Rubén, “Manuel Caeiro y Rui Macedo, la nueva pintura portuguesa”, in: La Nueva España,     Asturias (Oct. 15, 2004).
VAZ, Rodrigues, “Pintura de Manuel Caeiro”, in: Correio de Domingo, Lisboa (July 11, 1999).
VIEIRA, Sandra, “Manuel Caeiro”, in: Arte y Parte (n.º 48), Santander, Dec. 2003.
GUERREIRO, Ana Santos, “ Manuel Caeiro: do Mundo, da Obra e da reversabilidade contaminadora”, Arte e Teoria, Revista do mestrado em teorias de arte da FBAUL, n.º 8, 2006, Lisbon
DERR, Sibylle M., “Architektur und Historie in Einklang mit Kunst”, Die Rheinpfalz, Speyerer Morgenpost, Speyer, Germany, Sept. 26, 2006.
KONIG, Antj, “Auf der Suche Nach dem “Geist der Stadt””, Die Rheinpfalz, n.º 174, Speyer, Germany,     July 29, 2006., www.speyer-, Aug. 11, 2006.
TAUBE, Von Dimitri, “Nach Ringtausch eine neue Liebe?”, Speyerer Morgenpost, Kultur, Aug. 29, 2006.
KONIG, Antje, “Filzfabrik mit Ffscherhutten”, Die Rheinpfalz, n.º. 191, Speyer, Germany, Aug. 18, 2006.
BARRO, David, “Fundido a negro o la pintura sin editar”, Revista DARDO, n.º 3 ( pág. 75),, Oct. 2006 - Jan. 2007.