Self-taught, Hildebrando de Castro started his artistic production in the late 1970s and, since then, has created paintings that impress by the preciousness of execution, whatever the technique adopted. His first solo exhibition is held in 1980, at the National Museum of Fine Arts in Rio de Janeiro, where he presents a series of figurative drawings. Feeling limited by colored pencils, the artist migrates to dry pastel, a material he has adopted in his works for 15 years - until he feels limited again and, in 1999, turning to studies with ink. oil.
At the same time, he moved to New York, where he lived for 11 years and dedicated himself to improving the technique of oil on canvas, achieving the same precision that he obtained with pastel. In the 1990s, his production was marked by the representation of common or eccentric figures, dramatized and extravagantly portrayed. The framing and light of the photograph are a reference for the development of his paintings.
In the 2000s, the artist paints portraits of diffuse faces, undefined landscapes and toys that are always somewhat morbid. Starting in 2010, he developed the series Janelas, clear and geometric representations made from photographs of building facades filled with windows. The paintings, in acrylic on canvas, again expose Hildebrando’s detailed invoice and virtuosity, which then establishes links with constructivism and its aspects.
Among his most important exhibitions, are individual at Paço das Artes in São Paulo, in 2009, at Paço Imperial, in 1998, and at Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil, in 1995 (both in Rio de Janeiro). He participated in group exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art (São Paulo and Rio), Haus Der Kulturen Der Welt (Germany), Nuremberg Museum (Germany), among others. The artist lives and works in São Paulo.