Professor at the Faculty of Social and Human Sciences of the Universidade Nova de Lisboa, where he co-founded the Institute of Portuguese Studies, is a diploma in Cinema, the London Film School, graduated in Germanic Philology, the University of Lisbon, and PhD in Hispanic Studies, the University of California in Berkeley.
Previously he taught at the School of Cinema National Conservatory, and AR.CO in Lisbon.
There are copies of their films at the Center of Modern Art of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation and the Archive of the Portuguese Cinematheque.
He developed a parallel career as an artist, which began in the decade of 1960, with a large number of solo and group exhibitions in Portugal and abroad.
He was board member of the Portuguese Writers Association and helped found the Portuguese PEN Club, which presided.
It was also a prominent member of the experimental poetry group, in the 1960s and 70, and have dedicated to research and dissemination of the Baroque Portuguese literature, founding magazines Bright-Dark and Issues.
In 1978 he was awarded by the Brazilian Academy of Philology of Rio de Janeiro, the Medal Oskar Nobiling; in 1998 he won the Grand Literary Essay Award of the Portuguese Association of Writers; in 1999 the Poetry Award of the Portuguese pen Club; in 2003 the Poetry Award Evelyne Encelot in France, and the Prize Hannibal Lucic in Croatia.