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Claudio Bravo (Chilean, 1936-2011)

Art

Birth Place: Valparaíso (Valparaíso region, Chile)

Biography:

Who was painter Claudio Bravo?

Claudio Bravo was a Chilean painter whose work is most closely associated with Hyperrealism. This movement focuses on paintings that are as lifelike as photographs, nearly to the point of being indistinguishable by the naked eye. Bravo worked in a variety of mediums including lithographs and bronze sculptures, but he is best known for his paintings -- most of which are portraits or “package” paintings. The latter of these was to get around Francisco Franco’s conservative rules on making art.

Bravo moved frequently throughout his life, from Chile, to New York City, but eventually settled on Morocco in the 1970s. He purchased a three-story mansion and had many of the walls removed so he could let in the famous Mediterranean light that was captured in so many of his paintings. His work is featured in many prominent collections including the Baltimore Museum of Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museo Rufino Tamayo in Mexico City, the MoMA, Museum Ludwig in Cologne, and several others. Bravo’s work leaves a lasting impact on the hyperrealist movement of the 20th century.

What kind of art did Claudio Bravo make?

Overwhelmingly Claudio Bravo was a hyperrealist painter, though he also dabbled in other mediums as well. He produced several lithographs and bronze sculptures in his lifetime, and as the painter aged he even began experimenting in surrealism with some of his paintings. Bravo was interested in the spirituality of the Islamic culture of Morocco and much of his later work reflects that interest. He was also well known for his Package paintings, which feature exactly what you’d think -- a package, rendered realistically using a trompe l’oeil technique to fool the eye into thinking it is three dimensional. This was a series that Bravo started in the 1960s, but continued throughout the rest of his life -- even creating two new works as late as 2005.

How did painter Claudio Bravo get started?

Claudio Bravo was born in Chile to a successful businessman and cattle rancher. Bravo was one of seven children and spent much of his early life riding horses and enjoying an agrarian lifestyle. He left his family in 1945 to go to school at the Colegio San Ignacio in Santiago. He excelled in several subjects, but it was his self-taught artistic abilities that would catch the eye of Father Dussuel, the prefect at the school. He encouraged Bravo to take classes with renowned artist Miguel Venegas, which Bravo did from the ages of 11 to 20. It would be the only formal training Bravo ever received. He would exhibit his first paintings in an exhibition in 1954, at the tender age of 17. The exhibit was a hit and received good reviews. From there Bravo was able to work as a teacher and artist for the rest of his life.

How much are Claudio Bravo paintings worth?

Claudio Bravo’s paintings and sketches have a wide range of value, from around $500 for a sketch or pen and ink drawing, up to $1,500,000 for his major works. His highest selling painting at auction went for $1,510,500 for the piece ANELIS (1999) which sold on November 19th, 2012. It is a perfect example of Bravo’s hyperrealist style, a series of brightly colored handkerchiefs that are nearly photorealistic on the canvas. This piece sold for over $300,000 more than even the high estimate, representing a large demand for Bravo’s work.

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