Rui Sanches was born in Lisbon (1954) where he lives and works. He studied at Ar.Co, in Lisbon, at Goldsmiths’ College in London (B.A. 1980) and at Yale University in New Haven (M.F.A. 1982). He received a Gulbenkian Foundation scholarship for the period 1980/1982. His first one-person exhibition of drawings took place in Lisbon in the Modern Art Gallery of SNBA in 1984, soon followed by a first exhibition of sculpture in Galeria Diferença, in the same city. Since then he has shown his work in many galleries, museums and art centers, both in Portugal and abroad. Among the one-person exhibitions we can single out: “Drawings”, CAM, Gulbenkian Foundation; “Body Building”, Loja da Atalaia, Lisbon; “Rui Sanches, Retrospective”, CAM, Gulbenkian Foundation and “Museum”, Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga, Lisbon. Some important group-exhibitions were: the 19th São Paulo Bienal; “PASTFUTURETENSE”, Winnipeg Art Gallery and Vancouver Art Gallery; “Tríptico”, Europália 91. Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst, Ghent; “From Silence to Light”, Watari-Um, Tóquio; “Abstract/Real”, Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig, Viena; “Dentro y Fuera” Cáceres and “Serralves 2009 – The Collection”, Museu de Serralves, Porto. During the 1980’s his work was based on the deconstruction of paintings and genres of painting.