Amadeu de Souza-Cardozo (1887-1918), born in Manhufe, Amarante, attends Fine Arts in Lisbon and travels to Paris where he attends the Viti Academy of Anglada Caramassa, devoting himself entirely to painting. He became Friend of Modigliani, Brancusi, Archipenko, Juan Gris, Robert and Sonia Delauney. In 1912 he exhibits at the Salon des Indépendants and at the Salon d´Autonne. Exhibits some works at the Armory Show (USA) in 1913.
In 1914, he meets with his friends Gaudi and the sculptor Sola in Barcelona returning to Portugal that year due to the start of the war, settling in the farm in Manhufe with Lucia Pecetto with whom he later marries in Porto.
Dies in Espinho in October 1918, victim of the Spanish flu.
Amadeo de Souza-Cardozo, is the main reference of the museum to which it gives its name, located in a space of the building that housed the Dominican convent of S. Gonçalo de Amarante