Painter, illustrator and muralist born in Mozambique in 1957. Completed a degree in Painting in 1981 at the Escola de Belas Artes do Porto and was awarded the Newcomers Prize at the Arús National Exhibition of Modern Art in 1982. Completed a Master of Arts in Painting at the Royal College of Art, London, in 1988, under a scholarship from The Gulbenkian Foundation, Lisbon (Portugal) and a grant from the Beal Foundation, Boston (USA).
Alongside his studio work he has collaborated with the theatre and has painted murals around the world. He has illustrated eight books, including the children's book 'Lotsa de Casha' by Madonna which was published in 40 languages in over 100 countries and made the Top 10 New York Times Best Seller List.
In 2007 he participated in the 1st International Painting Symposium in Matosinhos (Portugal).
In 2008 Rui Paes was the Creator, General Curator and co-Organizer of the exhibition "Looking at Picasso - Picasso and Portuguese Art of the 20th Century" which took place in Portimao (Portugal) and included a show of photographs by Lee Miller entitled "Lee Miller & Picasso".
"Looking at Picassso - Picasso and Portuguese Art of the 20th Century" became the blueprint for the exhibition "Picasso & Modern British Art" which took place at Tate Britain and the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, in 2012.
He has had 13 solo exhibitions and has taken part in numerous group shows.
His work is represented in Japan, the Middle East, Europe and the United States.
Rui Paes is currently completing the illustrations for a book on the Lisbon Opera House (Sao Carlos), with text by the renowned Portuguese children's author Alice Vieira.