Cícero Moraes

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Cícero Moraes
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Cícero André da Costa Moraes

(1982-11-13) 13 November 1982 (age 39)
Occupation3D Designer

Cícero Moraes is a Brazilian 3D designer, whose work in open source programs like InVesalius,[1] Blender and MakeHuman[2] has become a reference in the field of forensic facial reconstruction in his country.[3]

Rose of Lima - facial reconstruction

His best-known work is the facial reconstruction of St. Anthony of Padua, performed in partnership with the Centro Studi Antoniani (which works inside the Basilica of Saint Anthony of Padua), the Museum of Anthropology at the University of Padua, the Technology Center Renato Archer and the group of archaeological research Arc-Team.[4][5][6] The work was done entirely with free software.[7]

During the year 2013 he created 12 panels on facial reconstruction related to human evolution, these were presented in the exhibition "Faces of Evolution" at the Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum and in Curitiba, Brazil,.[8] All images displayed on that exhibition were donated to the Wikimedia Commons and came to illustrate posts of important publications online linked to science.[9][10][11]

In partnership with Rodolfo Melani, PhD and Paulo Eduardo Miamoto Dias, PhD at the Faculty of Dentistry at the University of São Paulo (FOUSP), Moraes wrote an article which describes the scanning techniques and facial reconstruction using only free software,[12] and also participated in publications which describe the conversion of a video into a CT scan, presented at an international conference on computer graphics in Portugal.[13] The partnership with Dr. Dias earned him two awards for best scientific poster at events of forensic dentistry and forensic anthropology at national[14] and international[15] level.

In August 2014, Moraes was awarded with an honorary degree from the City Council of Sinop, the Commendation Colonizer Enio Pipino, which was offered in honor of national and international projection provided to the city where he resides.[16]

In February 2015, he performed 27 facial reconstructions, of which 22 were related to human evolution and 5 were related to historic people of the city of Padua. The reconstructions were presented at the exhibit "FACCE - i molti volti della storia umana" (FACES. The Many Visages of Human History), organized by the Museum of Anthropology at the University of Padova, the group of open archaeological research Arc-Team and the Association of Anthropologists Antrocom Onlus. Besides St. Anthony's facial reconstruction, he also reconstructed the historic faces of poet Francesco Petrarca, devotee Luca Belludi and scientist Giovanni Battista Morgagni.[17][18][19]

Cícero Moraes was one of the main members of the Ebrafol, Brazilian Team of Forensic Anthropology and Odontology that reconstructed the face of Rose of Lima[20][21][22] and Martin of Porres, in Peru.[23] The designer worked in other projects of facial reconstruction with the Catholic Church.[24]

On the Animal Avengers group, Moraes developed animal prosthetic based on 3D-printed technology.[25] They saved a lot of animals that would otherwise have had to be put down, like a goose,[26][27] a toucan,[28] an aracari[29] and a macaw.[30][31]

The designer was responsible for reconstruction the skull and the face of Lord of Sipan, an ancient Moche leader, in Peru.[32] A few months later the designer has reconstructed the face of the Czech "vampire" of Celakovice.[33]

At the end of 2016, he worked in modeling human prosthesis with computer aid with experts at the University Paulista (UNIP) in São Paulo.[34]

In an associated project with the Brazilian Academy of Hagiology (ABRHAGI), Cícero Moraes reconstructed the face of Saint Valentine, presented to the public on 13 February 2017.[35][36]


  1. ^ http://www.cti.gov.br/invesalius/?p=375 “Faces of Evolution” – InVesalius is used in forensics reconstructions
  2. ^ http://www.makehuman.org/blog/makehuman_and_the_egyptian_mummy_in_latvia.html[permanent dead link] MakeHuman and the Egyptian mummy in Latvia
  3. ^ http://2014.latinoware.org/the-use-of-technology-in-police-investigation/ Archived 2015-06-14 at the Wayback Machine http://2014.latinoware.org/the-use-of-technology-in-police-investigation/ Archived 2015-06-14 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/forensic-experts-attempt-to-reconstruct-face-of-st-anthony-35312/ Forensic experts attempt to reconstruct face of St. Anthony
  5. ^ http://vaticanresources.s3.amazonaws.com/pdf%2FING_2014_025_2006.pdf Archived 2016-03-04 at the Wayback Machine L'Osservatore Romano in English p. 15: Discovering the face of Anthony
  6. ^ http://www.messengersaintanthony.com/messaggero/pagina_articolo.asp?IDX=699IDRX=185[permanent dead link] In Search of Anthony’s Face
  7. ^ http://www.blendernation.com/2014/06/18/the-face-of-st-anthony-finally-revealed-and-in-3d/ The face of St. Anthony finally revealed, and in 3D
  8. ^ http://www.blendernation.com/2013/03/17/faces-of-evolution-exhibition-of-facial-forensic-reconstructions-of-hominids/ Faces of Evolution - Exhibition of facial forensic reconstructions of hominids
  9. ^ How Climate Change and Plate Tectonics Shaped Human Evolution
  10. ^ http://news.discovery.com/animals/extinct-animals-resurrected-130404.htm Could These 10 Animals Be Resurrected?
  11. ^ https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2014/06/10/the-truth-about-why-mens-faces-look-the-way-they-do/?tid=hp_mm The Washington Post: Why men’s faces look the way they do
  12. ^ http://www.portaldeperiodicos.unisul.br/index.php/JR_Dentistry/article/view/1993 Demonstration of protocol for computer-aided forensic facial reconstruction with free software and photogrammetry
  13. ^ https://books.google.com/books?id=alliAgAAQBAJ&pg=PA585#v=onepage&q&f=false Forensic 3D facial approximation from a CT scan video of a mummified Egyptian-Roman child
  14. ^ http://www.blendernation.com/2013/10/09/science-blender-at-the-meeting-of-forensic-anthropology-and-forensic-dentistry/ Science: Blender at the Meeting of Forensic Anthropology and Forensic Dentistry
  15. ^ http://www.makehuman.org/blog/makehuman_for_forensic_face_reconstruction_and_crime_investigation.html[permanent dead link] MakeHuman for forensic face reconstruction and crime investigation.
  16. ^ http://www.blendernation.com/2014/11/30/cicero-moraes-receives-an-honorary-title-for-his-work-with-blender/ Cicero Moraes receives an honorary title for his work with Blender
  17. ^ https://www.sciencenews.org/article/expressive-face-human-history-display The expressive face of human history on display
  18. ^ http://arc-team-open-research.blogspot.com.br/2015/02/antrocom-npo-patronises-exhibit-faces.html Antrocom NPO patronises the exhibit "FACES. The Many Visages of Human History"
  19. ^ https://www.sciencenews.org/article/how-reconstruct-face-extinct-human-ancestor How to reconstruct the face of an extinct human ancestor
  20. ^ http://www.churchpop.com/2015/08/28/is-this-what-st-rose-of-lima-looked-like-amazing-tech-reveals-saints-face/ Is This What St. Rose of Lima Looked Like? Amazing Tech Reveals Saint’s Face
  21. ^ http://www.efe.com/efe/english/technology/cutting-edge-technology-to-recreate-3-saints-faces/50000267-2688671 Cutting-edge technology to recreate 3 saints' faces
  22. ^ http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/is-this-what-saint-rose-of-lima-looked-like-43764/ Is this what Saint Rose of Lima looked like?
  23. ^ "Apparently St. Martin de Porres only had two teeth when he died". Retrieved 2016-09-29.
  24. ^ Coelho, Janet Tappin (18 July 2016). "Scientists bring saints back to life with imaging technology". Religion News Service. Retrieved 2016-09-29.
  25. ^ Coelho, Janet Tappin (2016-05-20). "The Animal Avengers saving injured creatures with futuristic technology". Daily Mirror. Retrieved 2016-09-29.
  26. ^ "Team uses 3D printing to save the life of injured goose named Victoria". 2016-08-02. Retrieved 2016-09-29.
  27. ^ "Researchers Create First Ever 3D-Printed Beak For Injured Goose". 8 August 2016. Retrieved 2016-09-29.
  28. ^ "Injured Brazilian toucan receives custom 3D printed beak prosthetic". Retrieved 2016-09-29.
  29. ^ "Toucan Found Injured On Roadside Gets New 3D-Printed Beak". 21 April 2016. Retrieved 2016-09-29.
  30. ^ FOX. "Macaw receives 3-D printed beak". Retrieved 2016-09-29.
  31. ^ "Gigi The Macaw Receives 3D-Printed Titanium Beak". 25 February 2016. Retrieved 2016-09-29.
  32. ^ Saraceni, Jessica E. "Forensic Anthropologists Reconstruct Lord of Sipan's Face - Archaeology Magazine". www.archaeology.org. Retrieved 2016-09-29.
  33. ^ Coelho, Janet Tappin (2016-10-28). "Face of 900-year-old 'vampire' brought back to life with 3D technology". mirror. Retrieved 2016-12-25.
  34. ^ "Low cost human face prosthesis with the aid of Blender and 3D printing". BlenderNation. 2016-12-21. Retrieved 2016-12-25.
  35. ^ Coelho, Janet Tappin (2017-02-14). "Here's how scientists say Saint Valentine looked as he's brought back to life". mirror. Retrieved 2017-03-08.
  36. ^ "Saint Valentine brought back to life thanks to 3D technology". Express.co.uk. 2017-02-14. Retrieved 2017-03-08.

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