Rooted in a strong literary and artistic culture, develop his work in areas such as painting, theater and performance. With a long and broad curriculum, João Vieira is a fundamental reference in contemporary Portuguese art. His work as an artist begins in the second half of the 50`s, opposing the current official art education. Since then, his work has been characterized by a permanent trial, which led him to devote, in addition to painting, to the creation of happenings and performances. Often, both in paintings and in performances, João Vieira articulate writing and image. His trial is always revealed in exploring the boundaries of painting and its association with a particular visual concept of textuality. Just as in the performances, the body breaks into representations where arises as a sign and interpreter of its own references. João Vieira died in 2009.