Portuguese painter born in Lisbon. Agronomist, self-taught, he started painting in 1940. Awarded the Mention of Honour, Brussels, 1958 and the AICA Award, 1982. In the 50's his painting was influenced by Mondrian and became representative of geometrical abstractionism. In the II Exposição de Artes Plásticas of Gulbenkian Foundation, in 1961, he presented works seen as a rupture with the preceding decade, and therefore was, together with Paula Rego, the precursors of the "new figuration". His paintings are memorized registers of his journeys, of his personal life, and in the 60's, during the dictatorship, of political issues that were suppressed by the censorship a investigação sobre cromatismo. He built up a theory of painting following precise investigations about chromatism, which were published under the titles The Complementarism in Painting, 1982, and Painting Right, 1995. Group exhibitions (selection): 1957 IV São Paulo Biennale, Brazil, 1958 Brussels Universal Expo; 1965 VIII Tokyo International Biennale¸ 1973 Pintura Portuguesa de Hoje, Abstractos e Neo-Figurativos, Barcelona, Salamanca, Lisbon, 1976 Arte Portuguesa, Lund Museum, Sweden, 1974 Expo Aica, SNBA, Lisbon, 1979 Pintura e Escultura Contemporâneas, Palácio dos Congressos, Madrid, 1983 Gulbenkian Foundation CAM, 1986 Le XXème au Portugal, Brussels, 1987-88 70-80 Art in Portugal, Port of History Museum, Philadelphia, USA. The Chiado Museum has shown a retrospective of Joaquim Rodrigo's work in 1999-2000.