Guilherme de Faria was born in Sao Paulo, Brazil in 1942. He began his artistic career in 1962, and quickly became one of the most sought-after engravers in the world. From the 1960s to the 1980s, he sold nearly 200 000 metal and lithograph engravings. De Faria works with various mediums including aquating, aqua forte, nankeen, watercolors, posters and oils. Recurring themes in his work include horses, bulls and languid women in belle époque or no attire at all. De Faria is a true master of tone and texture.
After achieving success with his engravings, de Faria turned to expressionistic oil paintings, which were exhibited all over Europe in the late 1980s. His sensitive use of line and color gives the impression of an effortless brush stroke, but this apparent ease belies a complex composition. De Faria’s oils are romantic and often feature the soft figures of women. His later landscapes assumed a more staccato style, with brilliant strokes of color in compositions grounded in the laws of harmony, rather than reality.
Of late, de Faria has concentrated his creative efforts on poetry.