Zulmiro Neves de Carvalho was born in Valbom, Gondomar, in 1940. He lives and works in Porto. He studied and graduated from ESBAP (1963-68), where he became a teacher. During his graduation he was awarded a scholarship of BCG, and from 1971 to 1973 he renewed the scholarship to study in England.
In the early 1970s, he studied at St. Martin's School of Art in London, where he read the concept of the integration of sculpture in the living space, often translated into works of monumental nature, even if in reduced sizes.
In 1973 he returned to Porto and resumed teaching.
In the 1990s, in collaboration with Carlos Marques and Carlos Barreira, he set up an studio/experimental workshop (1993-1994), which led to the reformulation of the teaching of sculpture at the Escola Superior de Belas-Artes of Porto, and prompted his return.
The sculptural work of Zulmiro de Carvalho is based on careful drawing and is executed by qualified technicians; it is characterized by the simplicity, sobriety and grandeur of its structures in iron, bronze and steel, materials he progressively combined with marble, slate and wood.
The work of this sculptor is well represented in the three creations that he simply named ‘Sculpture’ (1986-1987); in the works he exhibited in 1987 at Galeria Nasoni, in Porto; in the large sculpture in polished granite, designed to celebrations of the 150th Centennial of the Cemitério do Prado do Repouso, also in Porto (1839-1989); the sculpture for Prelada, in Porto, 1993; the one for ‘Pórtico do Monte Castro’, in Gondomar , 1994; the sculpture for Antuã (1995) and also for ‘O Arco do Oriente’, in Macao, inaugurated on June 1, 1996.
The creations of Zulmiro de Carvalho can be found in Porto, at the Jardim de S. Lázaro, the BCP, the Cemitério do Prado do Repouso, and the Mercado Abastecedor; in Figueira da Foz, at the Parque das Abadias; in Lisbon, in the Metro (Underground), in Caixa Geral de Depósitos, and Companhia Portuguesa Radio Marconi; in the Legislative Assembly and the Azores Assembly; in the Capela do Santíssimo Sacramento, at the Santuário de Fátima; in Matosinhos, at the Exponor Round and in the City Hall; in the Avenue Visconde de Barreiros, in Maia; in Caldas da Rainha; in the collections of the Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian, in Lisbon; in the Secretariat of State for Culture; in Fundação Serralves, in Porto; in the Museu Internacional de Escultura Contemporânea, in Santo Tirso; and the Museu Municipal Amadeo de Souza-Cardoso, in Amarante; in Alameda Dr. Carlos Assumpção in Macau; in the British Museum, London, etc.The work of the sculptor de Zulmiro de Carvalho has received several national awards, and has integrated numerous solo and group exhibitions both in Portugal (Barcelos, Amarante, Braga, Porto, Coimbra, Lisbon, Santo Tirso, Guimaraes, Vila Nova Barquinha, etc.) and in international exhibitions and symposia, particularly in Madrid, Amsterdam, Bonn, Copenhagen, Goa, Brazil (Belém and Rio de Janeiro), Cape Verde, South Korea, Macau and London.