Owner of unique qualities and a strong vocation for the “Art of Alchemy”, Maria João Bahia decides to interrupt her studies in Law at the beginning of the ’80s and engages in a dream. In 1980 she starts an intensive apprenticeship in goldsmith and jewelry manufactures. In Oporto, she makes a practical training at Manuel Alcino’s workshop, and later in Lisbon at Raúl Ferreira’s.
At the same time, she starts drawing course at Sociedade Nacional de Belas Artes de Lisboa, and later she makes internships abroad.
In 1982 Maria João Bahia accomplishes a dream when launching the brand that bears her name in Rua da Madalena, Lisbon.
Maria João Bahia received many invitations to execute works which supported and strengthened her name as a national jewelry benchmark.
Ever since the beginning, the work of Maria João Bahia has been different and authentic. Keeping the distinctive feature along the years, she developed, amongst others, a collection of jewels for a company of diamond polishing, Holshuijsen-Stoeltie Diamonde. She exhibited her work at the New York International Fair, where one of her pieces was auctioned at the “Manhattan Cachet”.
Besides important participations at events like Eropalia’91, she exhibited in Brussels, in Paris at the Palais des Congrès, in Amsterdam at the Amsterdam Stock Exchange, in London at the Royal College of Art, and in Copenhagen at the Old Stock Exchange, amongst others.
All along these years, she had several solo exhibitions in Portugal and abroad, namely in Paris, Brazil, and Angola.
All these works, challenges, knowledge, apprenticeship, and acquired experience are somehow reflected in each piece she creates.