Claudio Tozzi

Claudio Tozzi

Brazil - 1944

Claudio José Tozzi (São Paulo, São Paulo, 1944) is a Brazilian painter with a master's degree in architecture from the School of Architecture and Urbanism of the University of São Paulo (FAU/USP). Initially influenced by pop art, Tozzi used mass media images, as seen in his series "Bandido da Luz Vermelha" (1967), which evokes the aesthetics of comic books. His works often address political and urban themes, using techniques such as silkscreen printing. In 1967, his panel "Guevara Alive or Dead" was destroyed by a radical right-wing group during the National Salon of Contemporary Art, but was later restored by the artist.

After a study trip to Europe in 1969, Tozzi began to focus more on the formal elaboration of his works, moving away from their earlier pamphlet-like character. During the 1970s, he explored chromatic research, and in the 1980s, he opened his themes to figures such as parrots and coconut groves, along with a tendency towards the geometrization of forms. He began using a reticulated rubber roller in his paintings, adding texture and volume.

Tozzi also created panels for public spaces in São Paulo, such as "Zebra" in Praça da República and at Sé Metro Station, and panels in Rio de Janeiro, such as at Maracanã Metro Station. His work was featured in significant exhibitions such as "Brazil + 500 Rediscovery Show" (2000) and "Ship of Fools" (2005) at the Museum of Contemporary Art of the University of São Paulo (MAC/USP).


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