百強 Fortes，Pakeong Sequeira (b. 1978 in Macau)
I especially liked sketching to express my inner world with pictures because I was not talkative when I was small. Gradually, I liked to draw and portray all the images and fragments, which came across my mind rapidly and temporarily, on walls. After growing up, I have the opportunity to hold my first solo exhibition 'Mad! Mad! Mad! Fortes Sketches Solo' as the organizer invited me to the event at the Macau Ox Warehouse in 2005. I started my career as a graphic designer and a part-time artist simultaneously after my graduation from university. In 2008, I gave up the demanding jobs of graphic designer but resolutely embarked on the career as a full-time artist. In 2009, for the first time I showed up as a live impromptu creator with a permanent marker at the exhibition 'Art Beijing'. Then in the booth I created a single-colour painting of 7.2m in width and 2.4m in height on four consecutive days. From then on, I travelled many places to demonstrate my skills with permanent markers and canvases. Those places included Macao, Beijing, Shanghai, Hangzhou, Shenzhen, Taipei, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Malaysia, Singapore, Lisbon, and New York, etc. I also held many solo exhibitions. In 2015, 'experiencing: fortes', a book of solo short biography with portfolio was published. Besides creating visual arts, I compose music, write lyrics, and perform songs as the vocalist of 'Blademark' to lead the band. We have frequent performance with enthusiastic responses in places like Macao, Beijing, Shanghai, Ningbo, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Taipei, Hong Kong, Australia, etc.