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Claudio Bravo Camus' 83rd Birthday

Google decided to remember this Friday, November 8, the Chilean painter Claudio Bravo Camus.
This date corresponds to the birthday of the remembered artist, who would turn 83 today. Although he died in 2011, his legacy is still present in the art world.
Claudio Bravo, -Claudio Nelson Bravo Camus- (born Nov. 8, 1936, Valparaíso, Chile - died June 4, 2011, Taroudant, Mor.), initially established himself as a society portrait painter in Chile and Spain, but he became better known for his vibrant still lifes of such everyday items as packages, crumpled paper and draped fabric.

Although he lived in Morocco for many years, it was the Spanish classical masters who inspired the provocative style of his hyperrealist paintings.
Though he had some training under Chilean artist Miguel Venegas Cifuentes, Bravo was primarily self-taught.
He was only 17 years old when he had his first exhibition (1954) at Salón 13 in Valparaíso.

In the early 1960s he moved to Spain, where he made his living painting portraits on commission, including pictures of Gen. Francisco Franco’s family members.
Bravo had his first New York City show in 1970.
Two years later he settled in Tangier, Mor., where he began to paint landscapes and animals as well as still lifes and portraits.

His paintings regularly sold for impressive sums, with White Package (1967) fetching more than $1 million in 2004.

Bravo was little known in Chile until a 1994 retrospective exhibition of his work at the Chilean National Museum of Fine Arts drew more than 280,000 visitors. | © Encyclopædia Britannica, Inc.

Google ha deciso di ricordare questo venerdì, 8 novembre, il pittore Cileno Claudio Bravo Camus.
Questa data corrisponde al compleanno dell'artista, che oggi compirebbe 83 anni.

Claudio Bravo Camus (Valparaiso, 8 novembre 1936 - Taroudant, 4 giugno 2011) è stato un pittore Cileno iperrealista.
Fu fortemente influenzato da artisti del Rinascimento e del Barocco, nonché da pittori surrealisti come Salvador Dalí.
Ha vissuto e lavorato a Tangeri in Marocco a partire dal 1972.

Bravo ha vissuto anche in Cile, New York e Spagna.
Era noto principalmente per i suoi dipinti di nature morte, ritratti e confezioni, ma aveva anche realizzato disegni, litografie, incisioni e sculture in bronzo.
Bravo dipinse molte figure di spicco, incluso il caudillo Francisco Franco, il presidente delle Filippine Ferdinand Marcos con la First Lady Imelda Marcos e Malcolm Forbes.

  • Hall of Fame Honoree (dalla The Pastel Society of America, New York nel 1996);
  • Gran Cruz de Alfonso X El Sabio (da Alfonso X El Sabio, Madrid, Spagna nel 2000);
  • International Distinguished Artist Award (da Art Miami, Miami, Florida nel 2000);
  • Gold Medal of Honor (da Casita Maria, Bronx, New York nel 2005).