This painter of international fame is, along with Matta, one of the most famous Chilean artists in the world. There corresponds to the pictorial movement hyper-realism, of which it constitutes one of the tops on a global scale.
Claudio Bravo was born on November 8, 1936, in Valparaiso (Chile). In 1945, being still in the secondary school - San Ignacio, in Santiago - he began studying art. Then it entered the study of Miguel Venegas Cifuentes, where it remained during some time.
With 17 years Thirteen realized his first individual exhibition in the Lounge in Santiago. A time danced in the ballet Company of Chile and took part in the Theater of Essay of the Catholic University. On having been successful like portraitist, he could buy to himself a plane, with which it covered Chile, but at the beginning of the sixties it sold it and traveled to Barcelona, where it was during some time; later one changed Madrid.
For his first years in this city the artist devoted himself to deepen his relation with the art of the portrait, and one allowed to influence his painting for the works of the Italian Renaissance and the achievements of the Spanish baroque, across Velázquez and Zurbarán. It began painting the portrait to the most important personalities of the epoch; and this way it went so far as to paint more than 300 portraits in eight years, including to King Juan Carlos, to Queen Sophia and to the Infantas.
In 1963 it had his first exhibition in Madrid, and there it kept on exhibiting throughout the sixties. In 1968 it was some months working in the Philippines, where it realized a series of portraits of important social figures and politics. In 1981 it realized his first exhibition in Marlborough Gallery.
Of this one he is, at present, his exclusive artist, together with Boatman or Tamayo, reaching his work the highest quotation levels on the world market. For example, his nudes to the oil on linen reached prices on the million dollars in the auctions of New York.
Brave is an artist who is supported to the margin of the avant-gardes. With the skills the oil, the drawing to the charcoal, the cake and the engraving, could manage in his art almost photographic “precision”.
In his production it possesses a very varied subject-matter, which goes from the inns up to the psychological portraits, happening for an iconography mystic - religious. Brave also it does sculptures.
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