Born in Amarante, Manuel Monterroso was essentially famous as a caricaturist water-colour painter, having carried out dozens of caricatures of
figures of his era. He was a teacher of Artistic Anatomy at the Academy of Fine Arts of Oporto. He worked on periodicals like Rafael Bordalo Pinheiro's
“Paródia”, “O Primeiro de Janeiro”, “O Comércio do Porto”, “A Voz do Operário”, “Diário de Notícias”, “Século”, “Voz Pública”, “Capital” and “Le Barbare”.
Despite having taken part in some modernist salons from 1910 to 1920, Monterroso maintained a link to a 19th century liking. On the other hand, despite
his undeniable sense of humour, in strictly formal terms his pieces are slightly forced and never achieve the elegance or stylisation of the more up-to-
date colleagues of his generation.