Born in Santarém, Anabela Canas holds a Master Degree in Painting from the FBAUL. She dedicates herself to visual arts, writing and teaching. She lived in Macau and taught at the Macau Liceu High School and the Academy of Visual Arts. She has taught in António Arroio Art School since 1998. She has collaborated in several publications and has exhibited her work since 1986 in Portugal, Macau, Hong Kong, New Deli and Amagasaki.