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Amorim was born in 1950 in an upscale, modern neighborhood in Lisbon. His father was a successful architect, and during his teens he worked in his office making ink copies of project drawings. In his youth, he dealt with his loneliness by creating a rich imaginary world sparked by books, movies, paintings and through friendships with writers, actors and filmmakers. At 20, he left Portugal and his oppressive relationship with his father.

For two years, he attended the High School of Fine Arts in Paris, but most of his training came from studying the work of an eclectic group of others including the Italian frescos of Giotto and Rembrandt's portraits to the dramatic works of Goya. He was especially moved by Hieronymous Bosch's "The Temptation of St. Anthony," which depicted one of the first Christian hermits, and the moody, abstract expressionist paintings of Mark Rothko.

Clues to the meaning of Amorim's existential paintings can be found in his past, but they are only fragments. Enigmatic, spiritual and psychological, his work contains symbols that might come straight from dreams - whether nightmare or fantasy is hard to say. The central figure is an archetypal everyman cast as a shadowy silhouette. Whether walking like a giant around the curved circumference of the Earth, suspending from a rope or darting across an abyss, he is presented as a character moving solo in the universe.