Born in Chile, November 8, 1936 in the town of Valparaíso, Claudio
Bravo has lived and worked in Tangier, Morocco since 1972.
In 1945 he joined the Colegio San Ignacio in Santiago, Chile and
studied art in the studio of Miguel Venegas Cienfuentes in Santiago.
In 1954 he had his first exhibition at "Salón 13" in Santiago at the
age of 17. 1955 He danced professionally with the Compañía de Ballet
de Chile and worked for Teatro de Ensayo of the Universidad Católica
Later he established himself in Madrid in the 1960s as a society
portraitist, gaining recognition for his astounding ability to
create verisimilitude. His ability to depict complex objects and
shapes is reminiscent of Velázquez.
In 1968 Bravo received an invitation from President Marcos of the
Philippines to come and paint him and his wife, Imelda Marcos as
well as members of the high society.
In 1970 he had his first exhibition at the Staempfli Gallery in New
York which received rave reviews from renowned New York Times art
critic John Canaday. Years later, when Bravo's work reflected the
hippie movement, Canaday would refer to Bravo's work as "cheap and
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 Claudio Bravo are included in the collections of 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.