João Cutileiro is an important Portuguese sculptor and ceramist. Born on June 26, 1937, in Lisbon. He attended the ateliers of António Pedro, Jorge Barradas and António Duarte from 1946 to 1950. He attends sculpture at the Superior School of Fine Arts in Lisbon.
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Cutileiro participated in the General Exhibition of Fine Arts (1953-54) and settled in London, which does not prevent him from participating in the 1st Exhibition of Fine Arts of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation. He works as assistant to Reg Butler in 1959 and obtains the 2nd Prize of Sculpture in the 2nd Exhibition of Plastic Arts. After the first articulated sculptures and to begin the work of the stone by mechanical means returns to Portugal, fixing itself in Lagos in 1970. It executes at that time the series Piscibas and Trees and produces the first mosaics from fragments of marbles. He participates in international exhibitions, namely in Germany, in Madrid, London, São Paulo, New York. In 1983 the statue Camões is inaugurated in Cascais and two years later it is settled in Évora. He is a guest artist at the III Exhibition of Plastic Arts of Calouste Gulbenkian (1986) and exhibits successively in Almansil the themes Amantes, Évora, variations on an old theme, New Images and Memories of a Lonely Navigator.