Caetano de Almeida

José Caetano de Almeida Filho (Campinas, 1964). Painter and engraver, he studied Plastic Arts at Fundação Armando Álvares Penteado – Faap, between 1983 and 1988, where Evandro Carlos Jardim and Nelson Leirner, among other, were his teachers.

Around 1984, he attends the engraving workshops at Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo – Pesp. Between 1986 and 1991, he was responsible for the series Bestiário, recreating illustrations from books and encyclopaedias.

In the 1990s, he begins presenting saturated paintings of representations of animals and plants of great chromatic opulence. Frequently he re-elaborates paintings landmarks of the art history, such as Madames, 1999, inspired by the paintings of Jean-Marc Nattier (1685-1766), of the collection of the Museu de Arte de São Paulo Assis Chateaubriand – Masp.

In the work Mundo Plano, 2000-2003, his compositions are inspired by fabric patterns, gathered during his voyages to France and to Italy, as well as by the works of Thomas Pollock (1815-1912), Alfredo Volpi (1896-1988) and other artists. In 2005, he creates Grotesco, where he evokes the paintings from the Roman Antiquity discovered during the Renaissance period.


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Delicatesse was asleep in a prototype since the college days of Caetano de Almeida (1986); it was Bordallo Pinheiro who woke it up with an invitation by the Bordallo Pinheiro Factory for the artist to participate in the project Bordallianos do Brasil. The beautiful and enchanted animals by Rafael Bordallo Pinheiro seduced the artist, who motivated by the challenge of three-dimensionality, travelled to Caldas da Rainha and, researching Rafael’s moulds, gave life to his Delicatesse. Caetano de Almeida adapted it with wings of a fighting cock and, selecting delicate flowers carefully crafted by the artisans of the factory, he decorated the world of this redheaded chicken. Delicatesse has now become a provocative, dramatic and contemporary chicken, updated to today's world, full of contradictions and setbacks. A very special chicken which lives in her colourful and flowery world, where her delicacy and balance games cause a constant tension on her fragile egg.