Luís Luciano Demée was born in Macao in 1928.
The Russian architect and painter George Smirnoff was his mentor
In 1951 Demée held a solo exhibition in Macao as well as
several exhibitions at the Hong Kong Art Club.
In 1952, with a grant from the Macao Education Fund (Caixa
Escolar de Macau), he enrolled at the Lisbon School of Fine Arts,
and later continuing his studies at the Oporto School of Fine Arts.
He went on to participate at the 20th Aesthetical Mission organised
by the National Society of Fine Arts.
After completing his degree in Painting, Demée left for Paris
with a scholarship granted by the
In 1960, he presented his thesis at the
Oporto School of
Fine Arts, which achieved the highest marks and a
magna cum laude (great honour) commendation.
In 1961, he was invited for the position of assistant
professor at the Oporto School of Fine Arts.
At the 1st Paris Biennale, he received a scholarship from the
Paris Federation of Art Critics.
Demée was awarded the Souza Cardoso National Painting
The Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation invited him to visit the
exhibition ‘A Decade of Painting and Sculpture’ in London.
He visited the ‘WESTKUNST’ exhibition in Cologne, Germany.
He undertook field trips to the Middle East, Greece, Germany,
England, Belgium and Holland.
Demée participated in silkscreen
exhibitions at the Porto School of Fine Arts, at
ÁRVORE and in exhibitions organised by the SÉRIE
He painted murals, frescoes, glass paintings, carpets and works in
acrylic for the Sabugal Palace of Justice, as well as for several
hotels and public buildings.
He was a teacher at the Oporto School of Fine Arts.
Demée received the Medal of
Value of the State Department for Culture, and the Medal of
Macao presented by the Leal Senado.
On 24 July 1999, Demée received the Golden Citizen
Medal (Emeritus) from the Macao Government.
Selection of exhibitions:
1951 – Solo exhibition, Macao.
1948 to 1951 – Exhibitions at Hong Kong Art Club.
Show at National Society of Fine Arts, Lisbon.
6th to 15th Exhibitions of Lisbon School of Fine Arts.
2nd Visual Arts Exhibition of Gulbenkian Foundation.
‘Contemporary Portuguese Art’ Itinerant Exhibition organised
by Gulbenkian Foundation.
1st and 3rd Paris Biennale.
Modern Art Exhibition at Amarante Museum, Portugal.
Modern Art Exhibition at José Malhoa Museum in Caldas da Rainha,
7th São Paulo Biennale, Brazil.
4th to 6th ‘Novíssimos’ Exhibitions, Lisbon, Portugal.
Show of the Six Award Winning Artists of the 6th ‘Novíssimos’
(Youngest Artists) Exhibition, Lisbon.
Exhibition Celebrating 400 Years of Rio de Janeiro Foundation,
Presented an exhibition at Abel Salazar Gallery.
Exhibitions at ÁRVORE – Art Activities Cooperative.
Overview of 20th Century Art Exhibition.
‘Group I and Amadeo de Sousa Cardoso’, Tempo Gallery, Lisbon.
‘Portuguese Modern Art’, Viana do Castelo, Portugal.
200th Anniversary exhibition of the Lisbon School of Fine Arts,
including exhibition ‘Great Composition’.
International Biennale of Vila Nova de Cerveira, Portugal.
‘Contemporary Macao Artists’ Exhibition at the House of Macao (Casa
de Macau), Lisbon.
‘Macao – Art and Literature from the 16th to 20th Century’, National
‘Artists of Oporto’, Vigo, Spain.
‘4 Days of Portuguese Art’, Seville, Spain.
‘Figurative or Abstract’, exhibition organised by Minho University,
Invitation for ‘Portuguese Art’ exhibition in Recife, São Paulo and
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
‘Portuguese in the World’, Ministry of Culture of Portugal.
‘11 Authors from Oporto’, Casino Estoril Art Gallery, Lisbon,
‘Oporto’, exhibition on the 20th anniversary of ÁRVORE.
‘Northern Artists’, Galeria Divulgação, Lisbon, Portugal.
‘Northern Portuguese Artists’, in Wiesloch, Mainz, Backnang,
Offenbach, München, Karsruhr and Bonn, Germany.
‘Artistes du Nord Du Portugal’, Echternach, Luxemburg.
Retrospective exhibition at Luis de Camões Museum, Macao.
Solo exhibition at Soares dos Reis Museum, Oporto.
Launched first exhibition of Nasoni Gallery, Oporto.
Several exhibitions at Nasoni Gallery.
Solo exhibitions at Nasoni Gallery, in Lisbon, Oporto and Macau.
‘80 Years of Art in Oporto’, Oporto Football Club 1906 – 1986.
‘ESBAP-FBAUP’ exhibition, Oporto University.
MARCA, Funchal, Madeira Island, Portugal.
Contemporary Art Fair, Lisbon, Portugal.
Contemporary Art Fair, Oporto, Portugal.
1987 to 1990 and 1993 – ARCO Madrid, Spain.
‘Contemporary Portuguese Painting’, at the Cupertino de Miranda
Foundation, Oporto, Portugal.
Group exhibition at Casa dos Crivos, Braga, Portugal.
1987 – ‘Signals – The Place of Drawing’ at the Macao Forum Gallery,
Macao Pavilion at the EXPO 98’, Lisbon, Portugal.
2001 – ‘Oporto 60/70 – The Artists and the City’, Serralves Museum,
‘Painting Masters’, Cordeiros Gallery, Oporto.
2001 – Retrospective exhibition ‘Demée, 1955 – 2001’, Cordeiros
Gallery, Oporto, Portugal.
April 2002 – ‘Contemporary Art – Cordeiros Gallery 2002’, Estoril
Convention Center, Lisbon, Portugal.
Partnered with Amadeo de Souza Cardoso, Demée represented Amarante
Museum, ExpoNorte 2003, Oporto, Portugal.
Centre of Modern Art, Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Lisbon,
Contemporary Art Centre, Soares dos Reis National Museum, Oporto,
Serralves Foundation - Contemporary Art Museum, Oporto, Portugal.
Ovar Museum, Portugal.
Amadeo de Souza Cardoso Museum, Amarante, Portugal.
Luis de Camões Museum, Macao.
Scientific and Cultural Centre of Macao – Ministry of Science and
Technology, Lisbon, Portugal.
Private collections in Portugal, Brazil, England, Germany and the
Catalogue – 6th ‘Novíssimos’exhibition, 1964;
Catalogue – award winning artists of the ‘Novíssimos’ exhibition,
Catalogue – exhibition ‘Contemporary Painters of Macao’, Casa de
Macau, Lisbon, 1979;
Catalogue – exhibition ‘Macao – Literature and Art from the 16th to
20th Century’, National Library of Lisbon, 1979;
Catalogue – exhibition ‘Group I and Amadeo de Sousa Cardoso’, Tempo
Gallery, Lisbon, 1980
Catalogue – exhibition ‘Professors of the Lisbon School of Fine
Arts’, 200th Anniversary of the LSFA (1780 – 1980), 1980;
Catalogue – exhibition ‘Great Composition’, 200th Anniversary of
‘Inconcretos Domínios’, by Professor Albano Martins, published by
Nova Renascença, 1980;
Catalogue – exhibition ‘Artistas de Oporto’, Vigo, Spain, 1981
‘À Margem do Azul’, by Professor Albano Martins, 1982
Catalogue – exhibition ‘11 Authors from Oporto’, Casino Estoril Art
Gallery, Lisbon, 1983;
Catalogue –‘Luis Demée Retrospective’ exhibition Published by the
Leal Senado de Macao, 1985;
Catalogue – exhibition ‘Oporto’, 20th Anniversary of ÁRVORE, 1984;
Catalogue – ‘80 Years of Art in Oporto’. Oporto Football Club 1906 –
‘Nam Van’ Magazine, Macao, October 1985 and October 1986;
Catalogue – exhibition ‘Signals – The Place of Drawing’. Macau Forum
Gallery, 13 June – 13 July, 1987, published by the Leal Senado,
‘Northern artists’, Arsénio Mota, Porto Editora publishers, 1989;
Catalogue – ‘Luis Demée – Painting Exhibition’, Macau, 1991;
‘88 Leituras sobre Macao’, published by Livros do Oriente, 1995;
Catalogue – exhibition ‘Oporto 60/70 – The Artists and the City’,
Serralves Museum, 2001;
Catalogue – exhibition ‘Contemporary Art – Cordeiros Gallery 2002’,
Estoril Convention Center, Lisbon, April 2002.
Catalogue – ‘Demée’, published by Missão de Macau, Lisbon, and
Catalogue – Nasoni Gallery;
Catalogue – exhibition ‘Artistes du Nord Du Portugal’, Echternach,
Universal Declaration of Human Rights Illustrated by thirty
Portuguese artists. 1986
‘A small wave * 20 Artists * 20 Writers’, special edition on the
110th Anniversary of Maria Pia, sponsored by the Civilian Government
of Oporto, 1991
‘Artes e Letras’ Newspaper, Lisbon, 12-2-1997 (February)
‘Sobre Artes Plásticas’ – Anthology by Joaquim Matos Chaves
‘The Text and the Image – Presence of Joaquim Matos Chaves at Oporto
School of Fine Arts - ESBAP’
Catalogue – Retrospective Exhibition ‘Demée, 1955 to 2001’,
Cordeiros Gallery, Oporto, 2001;
‘George Smirnoff, 1903 – 2003’, published by the Macau Art
Foundation, on the occasion of the George Smirnoff Centennial
Exhibition at the Macao Museum of Art.
Several articles and exhibition reviews were published in the
following Portuguese newspapers: ‘JN’, ‘Comércio do Porto’, ‘1° de
Janeiro’, ‘Expresso’, and in the magazines: ‘Visão’ and ‘Casa e
Video of the Retrospective Exhibition at the Luis de Camões Museum,
Macau, 1985 (Released by Macao TDM channel).
Video of the Retrospective Exhibition ‘Demée, 1955 – 2001’,
Cordeiros Gallery, Oporto, 2001 (Álvaro Queiroz ed.)
‘Dictionary of Artists’, by Margarida Marques Matias (published by
Fundação Oriente, Macau).
‘Dictionary of Painters and Sculptors’, 2nd vol., by Fernando de
Pamplona, of the National Academy of Fine Arts (published by
Livraria Civilização Editora).
‘Comanducci Universal Dictionary’, published in Italy.
References on web:
universal dictionary (www.comanducci.it)