Isabel Valadão, Lisbon, 1945, was six years old when she went to Angola, where she resided in different regions before settling in Luanda. She was a chemical analyst for the Geology and Mining Bureau and secretary for the Angolan magazine Notícia. She left Angola shortly before the country’s independence, in 1975, having then gone to South Africa, where she stayed for a while. She lived in Macau for several years and returned to Portugal in 1986. She graduated at 49 in Art History at the Faculty of Letters, University of Lisbon. She has a post-graduate degree in Museology and is committed to research in the field of Heritage Protection and Conservation. Concurrently, she specialised in Conservation and Painting Restoration. She is the author of four books including Loanda – Escravas, Donas e Senhoras (Loanda – Slaves, Owners and Ladies) and O Rio das Pérolas (Pearl River).