Manila, 20 September 2012. Art Media Agency (AMA).
In order to reinforce the relationship between Chile and Philippines, the Chile Embassy and Energy Development Corporation (EDC) are presenting a new Claudio Bravo exhibition from 19 September to 20 October 2012: “Sojourn in Manila”, a historical exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Manila, opened on the very day of the Chilean National Day.
Bravo’s paintings, realised during his 1968 stay in Manila, will be presented. Bravo said this work in the Philippines was the most clear-sighted he ever did.
Bravo was born in Valparaiso, Chile, in 1936 and died last year in Taroudant, Morocco. He learnt art with Miguel Venegas Cifuentes, danced with the Chile Ballet Company and tried the stage at the Ensayo Theatre. Painting, however, became his one and final vocation. He was 17 when he had his first solo exhibition. He then moved to the southern city of Concepcion and was soon ordered several portraits. He went to Madrid in 1961: there he perfected his art and was acclaimed for his technical virtuosity and hyperrealistic style; he soon became a portraitist very much in demand amongst socialites.