Alegrete, RS - 1919 - Rio de Janeiro, RJ - 2001. Painter, sculptor and designer. Ione's earliest studies in Rio de Janeiro were in the atelier of the painter Pedro Luiz Correia de Araújo (1874 – 1955), in 1948. She met the artists Arpad Szenes (1897 – 1985) and Vieira da Silva (1908 – 1992). She traveled to Europe in 1951 and studied fresco techniques in Paris, at the Académie Julian, and in Florence, Italy. Initially, she produced figurative works, with quotidian scenes and portraits, and painted scenes of houses, in which geometry was stressed. Later, her production became more abstract. At the end of the 1960s, she began to use different materials, abandoning bi-dimensional surfaces, and painted on strips of wood, spools (bobbins for electrical cables) and pieces of bamboo. In 1969 she received the prize of a trip abroad at the 7th Jornal do Brasil Art Review, and traveled to the United States and Europe. She participated in various editions of the International Biennial in São Paulo, earning the acquisition prize in 1967, and a special room in 1975 and 1979. She exhibited "A Review of 45 Years of Painting" at the A.M. Niemeyer, Paulo Klabin and Saramenha galleries in Rio de Janeiro in 1988. In 2001, an Ione Saldanha retrospective and the Simplicity of Color was held at the Museum of Contemporary Art [MAC] in Niterói, Rio de Janeiro.


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60s - 54x76cm - untitled - tempera on canvas
Photo: Jaime Acioli