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.
Works by Claudio Bravo are included in the collections of the Baltimore Museum of Art, Maryland; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Santiago, Chile; Rufino Tamayo Museum of International Contemporary Art, Mexico City, Mexico; Museum Boymans-van Beuningen, Rotterdam, The Netherlands; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Peter Ludwig Museum, Cologne, Germany; The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Massachusetts; and the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.