Manila, 20 September 2012. Art Media Agency (AMA).
In order to reinforce the relationship between Chile and Philippines, the Chile Embassy and Energy Development Corporation (EDC) are presenting a new Claudio Bravo exhibition from 19 September to 20 October 2012: “Sojourn in Manila”, a historical exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Manila, opened on the very day of the Chilean National Day.
Bravo’s paintings, realised during his 1968 stay in Manila, will be presented. Bravo said this work in the Philippines was the most clear-sighted he ever did.
Bravo was born in Valparaiso, Chile, in 1936 and died last year in Taroudant, Morocco. He learnt art with Miguel Venegas Cifuentes, danced with the Chile Ballet Company and tried the stage at the Ensayo Theatre. Painting, however, became his one and final vocation. He was 17 when he had his first solo exhibition. He then moved to the southern city of Concepcion and was soon ordered several portraits. He went to Madrid in 1961: there he perfected his art and was acclaimed for his technical virtuosity and hyperrealistic style; he soon became a portraitist very much in demand amongst socialites.
Taroudant, Morocco, 7 June 2011, Art media Agency, (AMA).
Chilean painter Clauio Bravo died on Saturday of a heart attack in the Moroccan city of Taroudant. The seventy-four year old artist was known as the “master of light”, because of his remarkable talent for depicting reality in his paintings.
On Monday, a funeral wake was held in honour of the painter at his Taroudant farm, where he settled in 2008. He will be cremated today in a small museum inside his house, in which he conserved a remarkable collection of Moroccan pottery. “He loved Chile, he liked to come to his villa in the south. Always looking for the best light for painting. He was a workaholic who could paint eight hours straight,” said Ana Maria Stagno, a friend of the painter and the gallery owner who supervised his work in Chile.
Bravo represented Chile at the Diocesano museum at the 2007 Venice Biennial. His work has been exhibited in numerous museums across the world, notably the Baltimore Museum of Art; Ludwig Museum, Cologne, Germany; Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York; Museo Nacional de Belles Arte, Santiago; Museum Boymans-van Beuningen, Rotterdam; Museum of Modern Art, New York, Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Rufino Tamayo Museum of International Contemporary Art, Mexico.