Bravo, Claudio (Claudio Nelson Bravo Camus), 1936–2011, Chilean painter. Though he studied art in Santiago, he was largely self-taught. Bravo became a successful society portraitist in Chile and in Spain, where he settled in the 1960s; he moved to Morocco in 1972. He is famous for his lushly colored hyperrealist paintings, which show the influence of such Spanish masters as Velázquez and Zurbarán. From the 1960s on, he painted the detailed studies of crumpled, folded, and torn colored papers and paper-wrapped, rope-tied packages for which he is probably best known; he also painted still lifes, figure studies, and landscapes.
See P. Bowles, Claudio Bravo: Paintings and Drawings (2005).
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