Born in Porto. She tried to pursue a career as a lyric singer, even going to Germany to specialize in Baroque music. Her dream ended because she didn't have the physical structure to sing.

She was a professor at the College of Social and Human Sciences of Lisbon’s New University, where she co-founded the Institute of Portuguese Studies. She is graduated in Cinema by the London Film School, in German Philology by the University of Lisbon and PhD in Hispanic Studies by the University of California.

At the same time, she developed a career as a plastic artist, which she begun in the 1960s, with an extensive number of individual and collective exhibitions in Portugal and abroad.

She was also a prominent member of the experimental poetry group in the 1960s and 1970s, as well as having dedicated herself to the research and dissemination of Baroque Portuguese literature, founding the magazines Claro-Escuro (“Clear-Dark”) and Incidências (“Incidences”). She has been awarded numerous awards, including the Oskar Nobiling Medal, the Poetry Prize of the P.E.N. Clube Português (Portuguese Club of Poets, Essayists and Novelists), the Evelyne Encelot Poetry Prize, the Hannibal Lucic Prize and the Femina Prize for Merit in Literature. In 2009, she was made Grand Officer of the Order of Infant Henry (Grande-Oficial da Ordem do Infante Dom Henrique).

Credits: MUDAS. Contemporary Art Museum of Madeira