João Brehm

Painter and Cinematographer

Short biography

João Brehm was born in Lisbon in 1951. Visual artist and film maker, he began his visual arts activity in 1968. Over 50 Individual and group national and international exhibitions (XII, XIII and XIV International Drawing Prizes Joan Miró, Barcelona, 1973/74/75; Alternativa Zero, Lisbon, 1977, etc). Diploma in Painting from the School of Arts António Arroio (Portugal) (1965-1968). Diploma in Interior Architecture from Institute of Visual Arts, IADE (Portugal) (1969-71).

In 1972 João Brehm went into exile in Paris and Brussels where he carried on his activity in the arts, photography, film and journalism. He owns a Bachelor degree in Film and Television awarded by the Institut National Supérieur des Arts du Spectacle, INSAS (1973/76), Brussels. Scholarship from the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation in 1976/77 and 1977/78. Returned to Portugal in 1977 where he produced and directed several movies, e.g. "Transparencies in Silver", "Fighting children" (TV series), that were broadcasted on television and in national and international festivals.

In 2005 João Brehm resumed his activity as a Painter. Interested in the cosmic universe, he develops an imaginary and poetic survey of the Universe in painting and other materials, experimenting Color, Light, Space, Movement and Depth. Lately João Brehm has also been exploring a microcosmos approach and has engaged in experimental video besides other forms of artistic expression. 

Representation in Art Collections

Museums, municipalities and other public and private entities in Portugal: Serralves Foundation (Oporto, Portugal), Mobil Collection (Lisbon), José Malhoa Museum (Caldas da Rainha), Carlos Reis Municipal Museum (Torres Novas), Secretary of State for Culture (Lisbon), collection of the Municipality of Lisbon.


  • 1970: Acquisition award, Mobil Collection, National Society of Fine Arts, Lisbon.
  • 1968: Award of Tourism Board of Costa do Sol, Estoril.
  • João Brehm has his work and interview in a documentary of 2013 for the National Archive of Moving Images of the Portuguese Cinematheque.