Maria João Gamito was born in Beira, Mozambique in 1962 of Portuguese parents. Her family returned to Portugal four years prior to the fall of the Portuguese dictatorship when she was nine. A self-taught oil painter, Maria João began painting formally in her late 20’s while maintaining a career in tourism. By her mid-30’s she was curating, marketing and promoting her solo exhibitions, and garnering media attention for her near sell-out shows. In 1999, she participated in a workshop facilitated by the renowned French abstract painter, Jean Pierre Vieville. However, Mr. Vieville respectfully declined to teach Maria João academic painting techniques, remarking that as an ambidextrous painter who demonstrated outstanding natural talent, she had created a style uniquely hers. In 2000 Maria João was selected by Joan Semmel, the celebrated American artist to participate in her painting course at the International Academy of Art, Salzburg, Austria. Ms. Semmel commented that she had chosen Maria João because the fluidity of her brush strokes, subject matter, and extraordinary sense of color reminded her of Georgia O’Keeffe. To date, Maria João has sold – unagented – over 300 paintings to corporations, individuals and art collectors throughout Europe, entertaining and captivating audiences with her live “double-handed action paintings.”




Artistic drawing at Sociedade Nacional de Belas Artes and painting at Ar.Co., Independent Art School in Lisbon, Portugal


Mentored in oil techniques by French abstract painter, J. P. Vieville, in Bourneville, France


Studied with American painter, Joan Semmel, at the International Academy of Art, Salzburg, Austria



2002 Oil Painting and Drawing Techniques Workshop for medical doctors, Ponte de Sor, Portugal

2002 & 2004 Ambidextrous Painting Technique for elementary and middle school children at Padre Bartolomeu De Gusmão, Lisbon, Portugal 

2005 Drawing Workshops for adults and children, Municipal Summer festivities, Castelo de Marvao, Portugal



2008 Interview with Monaco TV, group exhibition Jeu de Mains, Cap D’Ail, France

2001 Channel 2 Public TV – RTP coverage of solo exhibition at Galeria do Sacramento via cultural program Acontece, Lisbon Portugal

2001 Solo exhibition promotion, Casa e decoracao (Home Decoration Magazine), Lisbon, Portugal

2001 and 2000 Solo exhibition promotional spread, Arts & Entertainment, Expresso Weekly Newspaper and Diario de Noticias, Daily, Lisbon, Portugal 

2001 & 1999 Interviews with “Fonte Nova” Newspaper, Portalegre, Portugal


Children’s Book Artwork

2013 Roger and Simon the Goose Fly South, independently published 2013,

Book Cover Artwork

2007 Uma Viagem, no Creoula, Até aos “picos” dos Açores, by Teresa Maria Gamito, independently published 2007,


Solo Exhibitions


Gallery Hibiscus – Lisboa, Portugal

Hospital Fernando Fonseca, Amadora Sintra, Portugal


Gallery Studio “Arejo”- Torres Vedras, Portugal


Gallery Sol, Berlin, Germany Tagus Park, Oeiras, Portugal


Hotel Sheraton Pine Cliffs – Algarve, Portugal


Gallery Sacramento – Lisbon, Portugal


Municipal Gallery, Lagar de Azeite – Oeiras, Portugal

Medical Congress at Agrarian High School, Santarém, Portugal


Municipal Center of Culture – Castelo de Vide, Portugal

Municipal Gallery – Marvão, Portugal

Inauguration of Cultural Center ACRE- Ponte de Sôr, Portugal

Gallery of Albarraque, Sintra, Portugal


Hotel Altis Park – Lisbon, Portugal


Inauguration of Gallery Cavalo de Pau – Lisbon, Portugal


Art Gallery of Alvito – Alentejo, Portugal


Group Exhibitions 


Jeu de Mains, Château des Terrasses, Cap D’Ail, France


Hospital Fernando Fonseca – Amadora Sintra, Portugal


Painting and Photography Municipal Gallery of Palácio Póvoas – Portalegre, Portugal


International Academy of Art, Salzburg, Austria


Portuguese and African artists, Leiria, Portugal


Painting and Poetry, IADE Institute of Art and Design, Lisbon, Portugal


Private Murals: 

Maria João Branco, Lisbon, Portugal

Public Murals: 

Technical Art School of Sintra, Portugal


Corporate Collections

Association of Medical Doctors, Santarém, Portugal

Banco Comercial Português, Lisbon, Portugal

Entreposto – Veículos Comerciais, Lisbon, Portugal

Entreposto Holding, Lisbon Portugal

Fresenius Medical Care, Arcos de Valdevez, Portugal

Fresenius Medical Care, Braga, Portugal

Instituto de Implantologia, Lisbon, Portugal

M4Events, Lisbon, Portugal

PLMJ Association of Lawyers, Lisbon, Portugal

Secil, Lisbon, Portugal

Travel Agency Team Quatro, Algés, Portugal


Private Collectors

Dr. Peter Koerfer, Munich, Germany

Dr. Angelika Von Monschaw, Munich Germany

Hannerl Neumann, Munich, Germany

Brigitte Renucci, Corsica, France

Celine Renucci, Côte d’Azur, France

Helena Gubernatis de Almeida Ribeiro, Lisbon Portugal

Magarida Ribeiro Pereira, Lisbon, Portugal

Manuel Eduardo de Noronha Gamito, Lisbon, Portugal

Teresa Maria Allen Gamito, Lisbon, Portugal

Maria Joao Branco, Lisbon Portugal

Teresa Anahory, Lisbon, Portugal

Joao Penedo, Lisbon, Portugal

Catica Mercier Marques, Lisbon Portugal

Mário Valadas, Lisbon Portugal

Celeste Ceboleiro, Lisbon Portugal

Elsa Rei, Lisbon, Portugal

Paula Fonseca, Lisbon, Portugal

Manuel Andrade Neves, Lisbon, Portugal

Alberto Veiga de Macedo, Lisbon, Portugal

Miguel Valença, Lisbon, Portugal

Helene Kallstrom Valle, Lisbon, Portugal

Hiroko Ithami Gamito, Lisbon, Portugal

Joao Silva, Lisbon, Portugal

Irene Finken, Lisbon, Portugal

Madalena Garcês, Lisbon, Portugal

Magarida Allen Gamito, Algés, Portugal

Maria Antonia Goes, Alvito, Portugal

Teresa Fonseca de Moura, Caxias, Portugal

Vera Loureiro, Caxias, Portugal

Judge Nuno Angelo Raínho Ataíde das Neves, Coimbra, Portugal

Antonio Luis Correa Salvaterra, Loures, Portugal

Paulo Gamito de Faria, Palmela, Portugal

Luis Mendes, Sintra, Portugal

Fernanda Delgado, Sintra, Portugal

Fernando and Heloísa Lameiras, Torres Vedras, Portugal