Amílcar de Castro

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Amílcar de Castro
Born Amílcar Augusto Pereira de Castro
(1920-06-06)June 6, 1920
Paraisópolis, Minas Gerais, Brazil
Died November 21, 2002(2002-11-21) (aged 82)
Belo Horizonte, Brazil
Nationality Brazilian
Other names Amílcar Ferreira de Castro
Occupation Artist
Graphic designer
Years active 1950s-2002
Known for Iron Sculptures
Spouse(s) Dorcilia Caldeira Castro
Children 3
Sculpture by de Castro in the garden of the Museu de Arte Contemporaneo, University of São Paulo
Various sculptures by de Castro in (clockwise from top) Ibirapuera Park, São Paulo; Unknown location, São Paulo; Pampulha, Belo Horizonte

Amílcar Augusto Pereira de Castro (6 June 1920 – 21 November 2002) was a Brazilian artist, sculptor and graphic designer.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

de Castro was born in Paraisópolis, Minas Gerais, Brazil, to a father who was a judge. He was the oldest of seven children.[1]

de Castra was mentored by the Brazilian modernist painter Alberto da Veiga Guignard.[1]


Starting his career as a graphic designer, de Castro revolutionized the design of Brazilian newspapers in the 1950s, notably Jornal do Brasil.[1]

From the 1960s he focused on sculpture and was one of the leading figures of the Brazilian neo-constructivist movement.

de Castro is particularly famous for large, bold simple iron forms nearly always characterized by a design based on "one cut, one fold."[1]

Personal life[edit]

de Castro was married to Dorcilia Caldeira Castro. They had three children.[1]

de Castro died in Belo Horizonte, Brazil on 21 November 2002.[1]

Selected works[edit]


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