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Vicente do Rego Monteiro

(1899 - 1970)

Brazilian artist born in 1899 in a middle-class family of artists in Recife (Pernambuco). In 1911 he/she moved to Paris to study at the Julien Academy. In 1913 he/she exhibited at the Salon des Indépendants. In 1914 he/she returned to Brazil and is interested in music and folk dances. Between 1919 and 1921 he/she exhibited in Recife, Sao Paulo and Rio; the works of these exhibitions are watercolors and drawings on indigenous issues. Between 1921 and 1930 he/she lives again in Paris, working with the prestigious L' l'effort Moderne of Léonce Rosenberg Gallery, which brings together the Group of purists led by Ozenfant. Towards the middle of the Decade, he/she painted compositions with figures primitivist stylized and linked, so the painting as a whole was seen as a relief is shallow; the paintings are almost monochrome, influenced by the Art Deco style; their influences are various (futurism, Cubism, Japanese prints, Brazilian Baroque and especially the art of the Indians of the Marajó island). His work focuses on religious issues and participates in several salons des Indépendants and the Tuileries Gardens. In 1923 he/she published légendes, croyances et talismans des L'Amazon indians and designs, during the following years, a theatrical adaptation of this work. In 1930 his work is present in the Premiere exhibition of the artistes latin-americans, Torres-García organized in Zack's Paris Gallery. This same year returns to Brazil the first exhibition in that country of the school of Paris painting. He/She returned to Recife in 1932 and its House becomes the center of the intellectual life of the city. During the forty-fifty years he/she wrote poetry. Between 1946 and 1957, he/she lives again in Paris. On his return to Brazil he/she was named Professor of the Federal University of Pernambuco. Between 1965 and 1968 he/she teaches at the Central Institute of Brasilia.Muere Arts in Recife in 1970. The following year the Museum of art contemporary of the University of São Paulo dedicates a major exhibition retrospective.

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