Rui Sanches was born in 1954 in Lisbon, Portugal, where he lives and works at present.

His artistic education starts in Ar.Co (Center for Art & Visual Communication) between 1975-77. In 1977 lives in London studying at the Goldsmith's College, completing his degree, Bachelar of Arts (BA) in 1980. This experience outside of Portugal, with major international artists was an important turning point its artistic approach. From this stage, the artist change his method from painting to installation. In the same year, 1980, he move to the United States, where he continued his training at Yale University. With the support of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation scholarship he finished the master's degree, Master in Fine Arts (MFA). During the two years he spent in the US, had the opportunity to be close to renowned artists and with best artistic production in museums and galleries in New York. From this point Rui Sanche's work focused maily on here on sculpture, starting to use wood and its derivatives as the main construction and building material.
He returned to Lisbon in 1982, where he began teaching at Ar.Co and IADE as an assistant.

In 1983 begins exhibiting regularly, with numerous solo and group exhibitions, both in Portugal and in other countries. 

We would like to highlight some of his solo exhibitions, as Suite Alentejana, Fundação Portuguesa das Comunicações, Lisboa (2016); Desenhos, Fundação Carmona e Costa, Lisboa (2013); Museum, National Museum of Ancient Art, Lisbon (2008); Dessins et Sculpture, Centre Culturel Gulbenkian, Paris, France (2004); Rui Sanches – Retrospective, CAM-Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Lisbon (2001); Sculpture + Drawing, City Museum Pavilhão Branco, Lisbon (2000); Chapelle de la Salpêtrière, Paris, France (1993); "Drawings", CAM - Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Lisbon (1991).

Also we would like to refer some group exhibitions, such as: Materiais Transitórios, Col. PLMJ, SNBA, Lisboa, cur. João Silvério (2016); Arte Portuguesa, Anos 1960-1990, MNAC, Museu Nacional de Arte Contemporânea do Chiado, Lisboa (2015); O gosto do Coleccionador / The Collector’s Taste, Museum Collecion Berardo, Lisbon (2015); A reading of Portuguese art. 30 Years of AICA / MC Award , MNAC - Museu do Chiado, Lisbon (2011); 50 Years of Portuguese Art, Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Lisbon (2007), A hundred years, a hundred artists, S.N.B.A., Lisbon (2002); 19th Bienal de São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil (1987); Art of the 80s, S.N.B.A., Lisbon (1985).

His work is represented in some of the most important Portuguese and international art collections, such as the CAM - Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Berardo Collection, Serralves Foundation, EDP Collection, European Parliament Collection, Banque Privée Espírito Santo in Lausanne, Museum Extremeño & Iberoamericano Contemporary Art in Badajoz, among others.

He also made some interventions in public spaces, like: Sculpture for the Olaias metro station, Expo 98, Lisbon (1998); Sculpture for Alcobendas, Spain (2003); Sculpture for the National Assembly, Lisbon (2004); Sculpture for Central Library of the University of Algarve (2009); Monument to Maria José Nogueira Pinto, Lisbon (2014)

In 2008, Rui Sanches received the award AICA / Ministry of Culture.


Rui Sanches

Untitled (door ajar 2), 2013
Sculpture made of wood, iron and clay, variable dimensions

© Frederico NS, 2013