Portuguese High Ability

A choice of four representatives

Amalia RodriguesAmalia Rodrigues

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Amália Rodrigues 
was a Portuguese singer, actress and fado singer, generally acclaimed as the Voice of Portugal and one of the most brilliant singers of the 20th century. An inescapable figure in the History of Fado, she is a constant reference in the permanent exhibition of the Fado Museum.

She toured all over the world, with shows in Spain, France, Switzerland, Israel, India, Macau, Korea, Japan, Belgium, the United States, Italy, etc. She imposed her interest in erudite poetry and was the author of many poems that she performed and published on disc.

According to her will, the Amália Rodrigues House-Museum, was created and inaugurated on 24 July 2001 in Lisbon. It represents a true journey through her life where her daily life is recreated. Her dresses and stage jewellery, the awards and honours and memories. Each piece, from the black shawl to the guitars on the piano tells the story of Fado, as described as a definition of the Portuguesespirit or the blues of Portugal. As an actress and singer, she was awarded numerous awards and honours.

She is buried in the National Pantheon in Lisbon, among other illustrious Portuguese personalities.

Born on 23 July 1920 in Lisbon and died in Lisbon on 6 October 1999.


High Ability: Musical Intelligence  

Talent: Music


Cristiano RonaldoCristiano Ronaldo

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Cristiano Ronaldo 
or CR 7 is a 36-year-old Portuguese footballer, considered a genius. This year he became the only player in history to play in 5 consecutive European Football Championships and he is also the one who scored the most goals in the final stages.

He is constantly considered the best or the second best player in the world and referred to as an exemplary athlete. With the understanding that factors such as genetics, luck, but also the hard work, intelligence and mental strength have contributed to his success.

He has 177 international caps, in which he has scored 107 goals. He uses preferentially the right foot, is 187 cm tall and weighs 79 kg. His current Club is Juventus.

He won his 1st Golden Ball in 2008, having already received 5.

The international airport at Funchal/Madeira, his hometown, is named after him.

Born on 5 February 1985 in Funchal, Madeira.

High Ability: Psychomotrisic intelligence

Talent: Football

Joana VasconcelosJoana Vasconcelos

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Joana Vasconcelos 
is a contemporary Portuguese artist, recognised worldwide for her monumental sculptures. Her work updates the arts and crafts movement for the 21st century, incorporating everyday objects, with humour and irony, bridging the gap between the private environment and the public sphere, questioning the status of women, consumer society and collective identity.

International acclaim came with the first Venice Biennale in 2005, with The Bride. In 2013 she drew attention again with Trafaria Praia, the first floating pavilion in the history of the show, representing Portugal.
She was the youngest artist and the first woman to exhibit at the Palace of Versailles, in 2012, and her exhibition was the most visited in France in 50 years, with a record number of 1.6 million visitors.
In 2018, she became the first Portuguese artist to have a solo exhibition at the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, which was also one of the most visited in the museum's history and the fourth best exhibition that year as per The Art Newspaper. Beyond, her largest UK exhibition to date, continues at Yorkshire Sculpture Park until January 2022.

Born 8.11.1971, in Paris, France


High Ability: Spatial intelligence

Talent: Fine Arts/Artistic installations


Jose SaramagoJose Saramago

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José Saramago 
was a Portuguese writer. Author of more than 40 titles and awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1998. He was also distinguished, in 1995, with the Camões Prize, the most important literary award for Portuguese.

He published his first book in 1947 only to return to publishing the next book in 1966.
His books are translated into 47 languages and the most well-known titles are;
Baltasar and Blimunda (1982)
The Year of the Death of Ricardo Reis (1984)
The Gospel According to Jesus Christ (1991)
Blindness (1995)
                                                                      All the Names (1997)
                                                                      The Double (2002)
                                                                      Death with Interruptions (2005)

Saramago is considered responsible for the international recognition of prose in Portuguese.

In 2007, the José Saramago Foundation was created in Lisbon, which assumes, among its main objectives, the defence and dissemination of contemporary literature, the defence and the requirement to comply with the Human Rights Charter, in addition to of the attention that we owe, as responsible citizens, to the care of the environment.

Born on 16 November 1922 in Golegã, Portugal and died on 18 June 2010 in Tias, Spain

High Ability: Linguistic intelligence

Talent: Written expression


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