Bernardino Ficarelli

Painter and Decorator. Bernardino Ficarelli was born in January 7th, 1887, in Bitetto, province of Bari in Italy. Came to Brazil as a child and lived in São Paulo where he studied in the beginning of the century in the school of Art and Crafts "Liceu de Artes e Oficios". Started working in decoration as apprentice of Sebastião Sparapani.

He went back to Italy in 1909 to continue his studies. He attended schools of fine art in the peninsula, like the ones in Rome and Florence, with live models courses. During the First World War he lived for one year in the United States of America.

Back to São Paulo, he established himself as decorator painter in mansions which interiors he decorated with eclectic and high taste compositions. From 1918 to 1921 he was partner of the company "Frioli & Ficarelli". For years he had the collaboration of art apprentices like Volpi and Rebollo.

In the decade of 30, progressively stopped his decorations, turning to designs and oil paintings. He used to get around his friends painters at his home and on week-ends went around with them to paint. After someaddress change he established his studio in the Santa Helena Building around 1933. Here he fraternized with artists of the future "Família Artística Paulista" (São Paulo Artistic Family) from which he never became a member.

He attended free courses of live models in the "Sociedade Paulista de Belas Artes" (São Paulo Society of Fine Arts). Realized the only one individual exhibition in 1939 (landscapes and nude studies) and during the decade of 40, participated of several exhibitions in the "Salões Paulistas de Belas Artes" and "Associação Paulista de Belas Artes". He died in São Paulo in November 11, 1960

* Text extracted by the collection of IEB Brazilian Study Institute - São Paulo

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