ANTONIO DIAS

Campina Grande PB 1944. Multimedia artist. Learned elementary drawing techniques from his grandfather. At the end of the 1950s, in Rio de Janeiro, he worked as an architectural and graphic draughtsman, also studying with Oswaldo Goeldi (1895-1961) at the Free Engraving Studio of the National School of Fine Arts (Enba). During the 1960s, he incorporated words or phrases into his works. In 1965, he won a scholarship from the French government and lived in Paris until 1968, after which he moved to Milan, where he maintains a studio. In 1971, he edited the record Record: The Space Between and began the series The Illustration of Art. In 1972, he won a scholarship from the Simon Guggenheim Foundation to work in New York. In 1977, he went to India and Nepal, where he studied techniques of paper production. He began a series of works using handmade paper as a medium, which he incorporated into his works on account of its texture and mixture of pigments. In Kathmandu, he published his album of woodcuts, Tramas [Weaves]. In 1988, he moved to Berlin as a scholar of the DAAS (German Academic Exchange Service), becoming a professor at the Sommerakademie für bildende Kunst, in Salzburg, Austria in 1992, and at the Staatliche Akademie der bildenden Künste, in Karlsruhe, Germany in the following year.

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1963 - 19x15cm - "Sacrifice" - relief on cardboard
Photo: Jaime Acioli