Painter and teacher
Heitor Cramez, son of José Cramez and Vicência Augusta dos Prazeres, was born in S. Dinis, Vila Real, on 1 December 1889.
He studied at the School of Industrial Drawing in his hometown, and completed high school in the academic year 1904-1905 with the final mark of 18 out of 20. Given his school results, he was encouraged by the director of the school, Nuno de Novais Júnior (1888-1906), to pursue the Fine Arts.
In 1914, he competed for a state scholarship to study Painting. In the following year, he sat the competition exams, was selected, but only left for Paris in 1919 along with scholarship architecture student, Manuel Marques due to delays caused by the First World War (1914-1918).
In Paris, he was a disciple of the French painter Fernand Cormon (1845-1924), a companion of Portuguese artists such as Diogo de Macedo, Abel Manta, Francisco Franco and Dórdio Gomes. Cramez was known among his French fellows by the name "Porto".
In 1925, Heitor Cramez completed his stint abroad as a scholarship student and organized his first exhibition at the Ateneu Comercial in Porto.
Four years later, together with Miguel Barrias he co-founded, in Porto, the National School of Drawing, a correspondence course company.
This artist from Trás-os-Montes, who adopted Porto as his city, began to teach in 1930, in Vila Real, at the José Júlio Rodrigues Industrial and Commercial School, first as a temporary teacher (1930) and later as tenured professor, between 1932 and 1938. In Porto, he taught at the Soares dos Reis School of Decorative Arts and at the Porto Fine Arts School (1948-1959).
He retired in 1959 and was awarded the title of Officer of the Order of Public Education.
Cramez painted several landscapes, many of them depicting Trás-os-Montes, still lifes and portraits, using a wealth of colours and geometric strokes. He travelled across the East, namely Macau. He married Madeleine Bizoulier and had a son, João José Bizoulier Cramez.