Hildebrando de Castro

Biography

Hildebrando de Castro was Born in Olinda, Pernambuco, in 1957. Since the 70’s, he has been working on paintings, that became notorious by their astonishing precision. His first solo exhibition took place at Rio de Janeiro’s Museu Nacional de Belas Artes in 1980, when he presented a series of figurative drawings. After a long time working with pencil, he has adopted the pastel as his main material for 15 years. In 1999, he decided to work with oil paint. At that time, he moved out to New York, where he lived for 11 years and devoted his research to the oil paint on canvas. 

In the 90’s, he mostly painted bizarre characters. Then, photography’s lightning and framework was an inspiration for his paintings. “It is impossible not being involved by the weird beauty of Hildebrando’s paintings. The works are formally and technically striking, revealing the author’s virtuosity. These images reveal a very particular view of the world, they represent a unique personal universe, but not necessarily intimate or confessional”, wrote the Brazilian critic Frederico Morais when Hildebrando presented a show at Camargo Vilaça, in 1997. 

From 2010 on, he has been working on the series Janelas, geometric representations from photographies of buildings facades. The paintings (acrylic on canvas) reveal once more the rigorous making and the virtuosity of Hildebrando’s work. In 2016, he started a new series inspired by the architecture of the Honk Kong Museum of Art, that he obsessively photographed during a trip to China. The compositions are abstract, since the artist chooses to paint only architectural details. 

Hildebrando de Castro has been exhibiting his work since the 80’s in prestigious Brazilian institutions, such as Paço Imperial (Rio de Janeiro, 1998) and Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil (Rio de Janeiro, 1995). He participated of group shows at Rio’s and São Paulo’s Museum of Modern Art, Itaú Cultural (São Paulo, 2003), Haus Der Kulturen Der Welt (Germany), among others. The artist lives and works in São Paulo, Brasil.



Curriculum

Solo exhibitions 

2017

HKMA. LURIXS: Arte Contemporânea, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

2015    

Galeria Oscar Cruz. São Paulo, Brazil

2014

Galeria Paulo Darzé. Salvador, Brazil

2013

Caixa Cultural. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

2012   
Galeria Artur Fidalgo. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Galeria Referência. Brasília, Brazil

2011    

Galeria Oscar Cruz. São Paulo, Brazil

Galeria Amparo 60. Recife, Brazil

2010

Galeria Laura Marsiaj. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

2009

Paço das Artes. São Paulo, Brazil

2008    

Galeria Laura Marsiaj. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

2006    

Galeria Laura Marsiaj. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

2005    

Galeria Léo Bahia. Belo Horizonte, Brazil

2004    

Casa Triângulo. São Paulo, Brazil

Galeria Laura Marsiaj. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

2003    

Fay Gold Gallery. Atlanta, EUA

2001  

Casa Triângulo. São Paulo, Brazil

1998    

Paço Imperial. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

1997    

Galeria Camargo Vilaça. São Paulo, Brazil

1995    

Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

1994    

Galeria Camargo Vilaça. São Paulo, Brazil

1989    

Hard Art Gallery. Zurich, Switzerland

1988    

Irene Madder Gallery. Munich, Germany

1987

GB Galeria. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

1986

Petit Galerie. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

1983    

Petit Galerie. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

1980    

Museu de Belas Artes. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Museu Nacional de Belas Artes. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil


Group exhibitions

2019   

50 anos de Realismo – do fotorrealismo à realidade virtual. Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil. Brasília, Brazil

2018   

50 anos de Realismo – do fotorrealismo à realidade virtual. Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil. São Paulo, Brazil

Pequenos Formatos e Múltiplos. LURIXS: Arte Contemporânea. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

2014    

Entrecopas. Museu Nacional. Brasília, Brazil

Duplo Olhar. Paço das Artes. São Paulo, Brazil

2011    

Galeria Fernando Pradilla. Madrid, Spain

2009    

Galeria Fernando Pradilla. Madrid, Spain

2007    

Casa de Espanha. Rosário, Argentine

2006    

Galeria Thomas Cohn. São Paulo, Brazil

Palácio das Artes. Belo Horizonte, Brazil

2005    

Galeria Thomas Cohn. São Paulo, Brazil

2003    

Leo Bahia Galeria. Belo Horizonte, Brazil

Espaço Itaú Cultural. São Paulo, Brazil

2001    

Museu de Arte Moderna. São Paulo, Brazil

2000    

Museu de Arte Moderna. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Galeria Camargo Vilaça. São Paulo, Brasil

1998    

Haus Der Kulturen Der Welf. Berlin, Germany

Paço Imperial. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

1996    

Paço das Artes. São Paulo, Brazil

Earl McGrath Gallery. New York, EUA

Museu de Arte Moderna. Bahia, Brazil

Museu de Arte Moderna do Rio de Janeiro. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

1995    

IBAC. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

1993    

Museu de Arte Moderna do Rio de Janeiro. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Galeria Camargo Vilaça. São Paulo, Brazil

1992    

Museu Nacional de Belas Artes. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

1991    

Faygold Gallery. Atlanta, EUA

1990    

Fundação Bienal - Salão Paulista. São Paulo, Brazil

Pindar Gallery. New York, EUA

1989    

Galeria H.Stern. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

1988    

Nuremberg Museum. Nuremberg, Germany

O Rosto e a Obra. Galeria IBEU. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

1987    

Museu de Arte Moderna. Bahia, Brazil

1986    

Paço Imperial - Salão Cristian Dior. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Museum of Modern Art. Linz, Austria

1985    

Nuremberg Museum. Nuremberg, Germany

Sete Artistas. Museu de Artes de Cuiabá. Cuiabá, Brazil

Velha Mania. Parque Lage. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Museu de Belas Artes - Salão Carioca. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

1984    

Museu de Arte Moderna - Salão Nacional. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil