Brazil - 1922 - 1967
Antonio Bandeira was a Brazilian painter and illustrator from Fortaleza, Brazil. He began his career as a self-taught painter. In 1941, in Fortaleza, he participated in the creation of the Centro Cultural das Belas Artes – CCBA, alongside Mário Barata; this leads to the creation of the Sociedade Cearense de Artes Plásticas – SCAP.
Bandeira transferred to Rio de Janeiro in 1945, where in the following year he showcased his first solo exhibition at the Instituto dos Arquitetos do Brasil. Commissioned by the French government, Bandeira receives a scholarship to study at the École National Supérieure des Beaux-Arts and Académie de la Grande Chaumière, but, in search of non-academic art, he drops out of both institutions.
The artist remains in Europe up until 1959, passing through England and Belgium, where, in 1958, he completed a mural for the Palais des Beaux-Arts.
Upon his return to Brazil, Bandeira has an intense artistic activity and participates in important exhibitions, in parallel with solo exhibitions in Paris, Munich, Verona, London and New York.
In 1965 Bandeira moved back to Paris, where he passed away.