Fortes Pakeong Sequeira (born in 1978 in Macau) held his first solo exhibition in 2005. After graduating from university, he worked as a graphic designer and embarked on his career as a full-time artist in 2008. Since then Fortes has travelled to many places to demonstrate his skills at live painting, among them Macau, Beijing, Shanghai, Hangzhou, Shenzhen, Taiwan Region, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Malaysia, Singapore, Lisbon and New York. In 2015 experiencing: fortes, a short autobiography and portfolio, was published. Besides creating visual art, Fortes composes music, writes lyrics and performs songs as the vocalist and front man of the band Blademark. They have given frequent performances to enthusiastic crowds in places such as Macau, Beijing, Shanghai, Ningbo, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Taiwan Region, Hong Kong and Australia.