Antonio Dias

Antonio Dias

Brazil - 1944

Journey of a Brazilian Multimedia Artist

Antonio Manuel Lima Dias, born in 1944 in Campina Grande, Paraíba, is a multimedia artist recognized for his versatility and innovation. He learned the elementary techniques of drawing from his grandfather and, in the late 1950s, worked as an architectural and graphic draftsman in Rio de Janeiro. He studied with Oswaldo Goeldi (1895-1961) at the Free Engraving Studio of the National School of Fine Arts - Enba.

In the 1960s, Dias began incorporating words and phrases into his works, marking a period of intense experimentation. In 1965, he received a scholarship from the French government and lived in Paris until 1968. Later, he moved to Milan, where he maintained his studio and continued to develop his artistic career. In 1971, he edited the album "Record: The Space Between" and started the series "The Illustration of Art."

In 1972, Dias was awarded a scholarship from the Simon Guggenheim Foundation to work in New York. In 1977, he traveled to India and Nepal to study paper-making techniques, which inspired a series of works using handmade paper, notable for their texture and pigment mixture.

He published the album "Tramas," featuring woodcuts, in Kathmandu. In 1988, he resided in Berlin as a fellow of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). In 1992, he became a professor at the Sommerakademie für bildende Kunst in Salzburg, Austria, and the following year at the Staatliche Akademie der bildenden Künste in Karlsruhe, Germany, establishing himself as an influential educator and artist on the international scene.


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