Biographical Summary

Rui Carruço led an academic life in the field of exact sciences until he decide to dedicate himself completely to painting. In 2000, he took the Drawing course in the National Society of Fine Arts in Lisbon. In 2003 the course of “etching” in Portuguese Etching Cooperative and he attended the studios of several plastic artists. In 2004 he attended the Renaissance Painting Techniques from the Angel Academy of Arts in Florence and in 2005 the course of stone sculpture of the International Sculpture Center. In 2013 he co-founded the Atelier Internacional de Belas Artes Arts where he remains as one of the painting teachers. More recently, in 2022, he released his first novel "Sombras da Arte" inspired by his painter life experience.

Aesthetic movement

His artistic production is based by different styles, that are were oriented in the search of an original voice in the world of Art. Today, Rui Carruço uses images of everyday objects where he tries, like a poet, to extract its essence from them. In his paintings, what matters is not reality, but the imagination that can be extracted from it.


His works are represented in several public collections, like the Embassy of Portugal in Poland (Warsaw), Sintra City Hall, Lourinhã City Hall, Oureana Foundation of Culture and in several famous private collections like the collection of the King Kigeli V of Rwanda, the collection of the Prince of Ethiopia Ermias Sahle Selassie or the collection of Cicciolina in Rome.

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"I only feel alive when I fight against my habits or when I change the certain for the uncertain in search of new adventures! With painting the same happens! Play it safe has always been an obstacle for the achievement of great discoveries! Who is not free does not realize their dreams. And I dream a lot! Seeking to be increasingly free is my goal as an artist and as a human being!"