Claudio Bravo (November 8, 1936 – June 4, 2011) was a Chilean hyperrealist painter. He was greatly influenced by Renaissance and Baroque artists, as well as Surrealist painters such as Salvador Dalí. He lived and worked in Tangier, Morocco, beginning in 1972. Bravo also lived in Chile, New York and Spain. He was known mainly for his paintings of still lifes, portraits and packages, but he had also done drawings, lithographs, engraving and figural bronze sculptures. Bravo 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. (

Born in Chile in 1936, Claudio Bravo lived and worked in Tangier, Morocco from 1972 onward. The artist first established himself as a society portraitist in Madrid in the 1960s, gaining recognition for his astounding ability to create verisimilitude. Demonstrating mastery in all techniques and mediums on paper, his superior draftsmanship closely resembled the style of the Renaissance-Baroque tradition. Bravo’s ability to depict creases, indentations, and folds in his still lifes was reminiscent of Spanish masters such as Zurbarán and Velázquez.

Bravo continued to create figurative paintings, drawings, and prints and his exceptional ability to give life to mundane objects was unparalleled until his untimely death in 2011. The emotion he was able to capture in his oil paintings is also present in his lithographs, which hold the same warmth and level of detail. His most recent series of lithographs features animals and skulls of animals native to his home in Morocco.

The death of Claudio Bravo early this past summer was an extremely sad event in the realm of figurative art. Ironically, shortly after... More at the
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