Maluda was born in the city of Pangim, in Goa, in the then Portuguese state of India. Lived since 1948 in Lourenço Marques (now Maputo), where he began to paint and where he formed, with four more painters, the group that was titled “Os Independentes
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Maluda exhibited collectively in 1961, 1962 and 1963. In 1963 she obtained a scholarship from the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation and traveled to Portugal, where she worked with the master Roberto de Araújo in Lisbon. Between 1964 and 1967 she lived in Paris, a Gulbenkian fellow. There she worked at the Académie de la Grande Chaumière with the masters Jean Aujame and Michel Rodde. It was at this point that she took an interest in portraiture and compositions that make the synthesis of the urban landscape, with a characteristic palette of colors and a brilliant use of light, which give his works a very own and unmistakable identity. In 1969 she held his first solo exhibition at the Diário de Notícias gallery in Lisbon. In 1973 she held a large solo exhibition at the Gulbenkian Foundation, which achieved great success, registering around 15,000 visitors and gave him great notoriety. Between 1976 and 1978 she was again a Gulbenkian Foundation Fellow, studying in London and Switzerland. From 1978 on, he also dedicated himself to the theme of windows, seeking to use them as a metaphor for public-private composition. In 1979 he received the “Prize of Painting” from the National Academy of Fine Arts in Lisbon. In that year he also held an exhibition at the Gulbenkian Foundation in Paris. From 1985, Maluda was invited to make several series of stamps for CTT. Two seals of his own made the “World Prize” for the best seal at the World Government Stamp Printers Conference in Washington in 1987 and in Périgueux (France) in 1989. In 1994 he received the prestigious “Bordalo Pinheiro Prize”, awarded by Casa da Imprensa. Within the “Lisbon Capital of Culture”, she held an individual exhibition at the Centro Cultural de Belém in Lisbon. In 1998 she was honored by the President of the Republic Jorge Sampaio with the Order of the Infante D. Henrique, at the same time that it realized its last individual exhibition, “The seals of Maluda”, sponsored by the CTT. Maluda died in Lisbon on 10 February 1999. In 2009 a book was published that marks the passing of the tenth anniversary of his death, bringing together almost all of his vast work and counting on the High Sponsorship of the President of the Republic. In the same year, the Assembly of the Republic, in Lisbon, honored it with a great retrospective exhibition.