Claudio Bravo Camus, who fused the classical procedure of Spanish Baroque painters with a touch of Salvador Dali-esque surrealism, Google celebrates his 83rd birthday by committing a beautiful artistic doodle. Claudio Bravo Camus was a Chilean hyperrealist painter.
Who was Claudio Bravo Camus?
Claudio Bravo Camus was the Chilean-born painter who made history with his hyperrealist paintings. He was extraordinarily affected by Renaissance and Baroque artists, as well as Surrealist painters, for example, Salvador Dalí. He lived and worked in Tangier, Morocco, starting in 1972. Claudio Bravo Camus additionally lived in Chile, New York, and Spain.
Claudio Bravo Camus was known fundamentally for his paintings of still lifes, pictures, and packages, however, he had likewise done drawings, lithographs, etching, and figural bronze sculptures. Claudio Bravo Camus painted numerous outstanding figures in society, including caudillo Franco of Spain, President Ferdinand Marcos and First Lady Imelda Marcos of the Philippines and Malcolm Forbes.
Claudio Bravo Camus was born on November 8, 1936, in Chile’s significant city, Valparaíso. His parents, Tomás Bravo Santibáñez and Laura Camus Gómez, had 7 kids. His dad was a successful businessman and a proprietor of a farm, while his mom was a housewife.
Claudio Bravo Camus experienced childhood with a farm in Melipilla. After dancing for the Compañia de Ballet de Chile and acting at the Catholic University of Chile, he applied his abilities to visual arts. Notwithstanding his dad’s protests, to a great extent, the self-taught artist continued, showing his paintings at a notable Valparaíso exhibition by the age of 17.
Claudio Bravo Camus left his family in 1945 to join the Colegio San Ignacio in Santiago, Chile, where he exceeded expectations in choir, literature, and music. He gave his teacher a portrait to expand his grades in Mathematics, Physics, and Chemistry. Father Dussuel, saw his self-taught artistic ability and paid for him to study art in the studio of Miguel Venegas Cifuentes in Santiago. Claudio Bravo Camus got some training with Miguel Venegas Cifuentes, another Chilean artist, yet remained to a great extent self-taught.
In the long run, his father allowed him permission to take the classes and took over the responsibility of paying for them. Claudio Bravo Camus kept studying under Venegas from the age of 11 to 20 and it was the only formal art training he ever got.
Claudio Bravo Camus had his first exhibition at ‘Salón 13’ in Santiago at 17 years old in 1954 preceding moving to Spain. He got great reviews and the exhibition had been an incredible accomplishment for him. Every one of the works was sold, in spite of the fact that they went to family and friends. He was highly impacted by individuals, for example, Luis Oyarzun, a poet and philosopher. There, he built up himself as a portrait painter. Among his customers were relatives of Spanish dictator Francisco Franco.
The eminent Chilean writer and researcher Benjamín Subercaseaux exceptionally urged him to grow his knowledge through reading. Next year (in 1955), Claudio Bravo Camus danced expertly with the Compañía de Ballet de Chile and worked for Teatro de Ensayo of the Universidad Católica de Chile and had his second exhibition at ‘Salón 13’.
In 1970, Claudio Bravo Camus had his first New York City show, where he exhibited his skills for still lifes encouraged by Spanish experts, for example, Diego Velázquez.
Shortly afterward, the artist moved to Tangier, Morocco, where he painted pictures, still lifes, landscapes, and creatures.
Claudio Bravo’s work was once in a while contrasted with so-called photo-realist painters, however, he didn’t work from photos. “Always I have relied on the actual subject matter,” he said, mentioning Mark Rothko’s abstract color-field paintings as an influence. “The eye sees so much more than the camera: halftones, shadows, minute changes in the color or light.”
Among Claudio Bravo Camus’s best-known works are his still lifes of packages, which include intricate renderings of folded paper. One of those works, titled White Package and dating back to 1967, sold for more than $1m in 2004.
A 1994 presentation at the National Museum of Fine Arts in Chile pulled in excess of 280,000 guests, guaranteeing Bravo’s reputation in his native nation.
Claudio Bravo Camus passed on June 4, 2011, at his residence in Taroudant, Morocco of two heart attacks.
The Google Doodle work of art concentrates on his famous series of strange packages enveloped by paper and tied with string, which brought him reputation beginning during the 1960s. The canvases blend a Pop Art sensibility with Claudio’s mastery of Trompe-l’oeil painting so practical it can “trick the eye”.