Born in Ponta Pora, Brazil, Roberto de Lamonica was a master printer, painter and professor.
He began his studies in the School of Fine Artsin São Paulo, then worked at the São Paulo Art Museum under the guidance of Poty and Darel, later studying printmaking with Renina Katz. In 1958 he moved to Rio de Janeiro and studied with Orlando da Silva at the Liceu de Artes e Ofícios. The following year, he studied under Johnny Friedlaender at the Museum of Modern Art in Rio de Janeiro.
In 1963, he was invited to teach at the Minneapolis School of Fine Arts. He received a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1965 and settled in New York City in 1967, where he taught printmaking at several institutions, including the New School for Social Research, the Pratt Gtraphics Center and the Art Students League. In the erly '80s he spent two years at the Sydney College of Art in Australia creating a new graphics department for the school.
Awards include: Grand Prize, II Biennial of Santiago; Best
Brazilian Engraver Prize, VIIth Biennial of Sao Paulo; First
Prize, Krakow Biennial, 1966. His prints are in many private
and pubic collections around the world, including the Museum
of Modern Art, Rio de Janeiro; the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam;
the Museum of Modern Art and the Metropolitan Museum, New York
City; the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; the Santiago Art
Museum, Chile; and M.I.T., Boston.