CLAUDIO BRAVO 1/3 – He was born in Valparaiso on a ranch, so one of his childhood memories was when he was three years old as he was on a horse. In 1945, he began studies at Colegio San Ignacio (Santiago de Chile), where a priest noted his artistic ability, encouraging him to study in a painter’s studio. You can admire some of his paintings at the Museum of Artes Visuales (Colección Santa Cruz-Yaconi, Santiago, Chile) https://www.mavi.cl/ The development of his Iperrealist style had matured in those years. At the age of 17, he had made his first show, knowing creative people, including Luis Oyarzun (a poet who would become his life teacher) with whom he had traveled all over Chile. At 21, he sold portraits, Using what he had earned to buy the ticket for a ship he would have to bring to France.
CLAUDIO BRAVO 2/3 – That stormy trip had forced him to land in Barcelona (Spain), allowing him to live in Madrid, where he had become famous for his portraits. In the Prado Museum of Madrid, he had been able to admire the paintings by Diego Velázquez, Francisco de Zurbarán and Luis de Meléndez, painters who had a great ability to use light. He became a hyper-realist painter influenced by the Renaissance and Baroque, best known for his dying lives, but also painted famous people (such as dictator Franco of Spain and President of the Philippines Ferdinand Marcos). In the Museo de Arte Abstracto (Cuenca, Spain), you can admire some of his works http://www.march.es/arte/cuenca/?l=2
CLAUDIO BRAVO 3/3 – In 1969, he was encouraged to move to New York where he moved to a Manhattan apartment. Https://www.moma.org/artists/753?locale=en He moved to Morocco in 1972, in a place he thought was very intriguing, because the New York urban scene did not stimulate his work. In Tangier, a 19th-century palace, painted white all the walls to increase the capture of light. In the last twenty years of his life, he had withdrawn into celibacy, deciding that his paintings and animals would be his companions of life. He died in that house at the gates of the summer of 2011, due to an epileptic attack. You can admire some of his works in the National Museum of Bellas Artes (Santiago, Chile) http://www.mnba.cl/617/w3-contents.html
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