Born in Alcochete in 1925, he died in Lisbon in 2002. After completing his studies at the Escola de Artes Decorativas António Arroio, he attended the Escola Superior de Belas Artes de Lisboa, which he soon abandoned to dedicate himself graphic arts (more specifically, advertising design) and decoration.
He received a scholarship from the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, in Portugal and abroad, in 1958 and 59. laureate of the “Jazz as seen by artists” in a Hot Club organization and, the following year, with the Columbano Prize awarded by the Municipal Council of Almada.
He held his first solo exhibition in 1955, at Galeria Pórtico in Lisbon, having participated in numerous and prestigious exhibitions, both in Portugal and abroad. In the year 2000, it is reference is his important “Retrospective”, organized by the Chiado Museum in Lisbon.
After an initial phase of a neorealist nature (coinciding with the end of the Second World War) Vespeira became a member and founder of the Lisbon Surrealist Group. His painting, dominated by an original eroticism, is There is also space for a rhythmic stage of intense light and color, where red (essential in its sensual chromatic palette), accentuates and insinuates, a composition where circular shapes and sharp ends offer us a dynamic “dance” of erotic signs carrying evident carnal legibility. Vespeira became, within the surrealist current, a truly charismatic and fundamental painter, today an indelible reference in Portuguese Contemporary Art.
Vespeira is represented in the most important public and private collections, as well as in the most prominent Museums and Foundations.
He passed away in Lisbon, on February 22, 2002.