Claudio Bravo Camus – The Hyperrealist Painter
Claudio Bravo Camus is a…
Claudio Bravo Camus is a Chilean painter who made history with his hyperrealist paintings.
It is being recognised on what would have been his 83rd birthday.
The artist is being celebrated on November 8 in a Google Doodle motivated by his remarkable renderings of packages wrapped in paper and twine.
Born Claudio Nelson Bravo Camus in Valparaíso, Chile on 8 November 1936.
He obtained some training with Miguel Venegas Cifuentes, another Chilean artist a remained largely self-taught, according to the Encyclopaedia Britannica.
He took his first exhibition at the age of 17 in Valparaíso before going to Spain.
For that, he established himself as a portrait painter.
Among his clients are relatives of Francisco Franco a Spanish dictator.
In 1970, Bravo had his first New York City show, where he showed his skills for still lifes inspired by Spanish masters such as Diego Velázquez.
Then, the artist moved to Tangier, Morocco, where he painted portraits, still lifes, landscapes including animals.
Amid the best-known works are his still lifes of packages, which highlight intricate renderings of crushed paper.
One of those works is the White Package and rising back to 1967, sold for more than $1M in 2004.
The 94 exhibits at the National Museum of Fine Arts in Chile brought more than 280k visitors, ensuring notoriety in his native country.
Bravo died on June 4, 2011, in Taroudant, Morocco, of difficulties from epilepsy.