Claudio Bravo, Chilean (1936 - 2011)

Born 1936 in Valparaiso, Chile
Lived and worked in Chile and Morocco

Born in Chile, Claudio Bravo has lived and worked in Tangier, Morocco since 1972. The artist first established himself in Madrid in the 1960s as a society portraitist, gaining recognition for his astounding ability to create verisimilitude. Bravo has demonstrated mastery in all techniques and mediums on paper. His superior draftsmanship closely resembles the style of the Renaissance-Baroque tradition. His ability to depict creases, indentations, and folds in his still lifes is reminiscent of Spanish masters such as Zurbarán and Velázquez. Bravo is a master of contemporary hyperrealism. Often depicting scenes from his estate in Tangier, Morocco, his still-life, landscape, and figure paintings are rendered with remarkably refined technical skill, and hint at an underlying sensuality.

Bravo moved to Tangier in 1972 where he purchased a 19th century three story mansion. He had many of the walls removed and the remaining walls were painted white to encourage the Mediterranean light so present in his paintings.

Bravo has painted many prominent figures in society including dictator Franco of Spain, President Ferdinand Marcos and First Lady Imelda Marcos of the Philippines and Malcolm Forbes.

Works by Bravo are included in the collections of El Museo del Barrio, New York, the Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, Maryland; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, New York; Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Santiago, Chile; Museo Rufino Tamayo, Mexico City, Mexico; Museum Boymans-van Beuningen, Rotterdam, The Netherlands; Museum of Modern Art, New York, New York; Museum Ludwig, Cologne, Germany; The Palmer Museum of Art, State College, Pennsylvania; and the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

The artist passed away at his home in Taroudant on June 4, 2011, due to an epilepsy attack.

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