Chico Fortunato, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – 1958. A painter and furniture designer, Chico took courses in painting, engraving and design at the Rio de Janeiro School of Visual Arts (EAV) with professors Helio Rodrigues, Antonio Grosso and Roberto Magalhães, among others. At the beginning of the 1980s, he participated in Paulo Garcez's study group and set up his first atelier. He participated in the First National Salon in Rio de Janeiro. In 1983, he won a prize at the VII Rio de Janeiro Salon, graduated with a degree in geography from the Pontifical Catholic University in Rio de Janeiro and took various trips throughout Latin America. This experience led to a series of "Post Cards" and "Litho-images," works in watercolor and paint on rock, which led to three individual exhibitions: Paulo Figueiredo Galeria de Arte, in 1985 and at Artespaço, Rio de Janeiro, in 1987 and 1990. He resided in the Netherlands from 1992 to 1999 and, there, returned to painting with acrylic and oil. He had individual shows at the Galerie Domplein, in Utrecht, the Netherlands, at the Galerie Cacco Zanchi, Aalst, Belgium, and at Galerie Debret, Paris, France in 1999. He also took part in collective shows in Oporto, Portugal; London, UK; Amsterdam and Soest in the Netherlands; and Stuttgart, Germany (Syrlin Prize). In 1999, Chico returned to Brazil and, in the following year, had his first individual show "Acrylics" at Estudio Guanabara, Rio de Janeiro.


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2006 - 30x160cm - "5 Twists" - acrylic on wood
Photo: Jaime Acioli