Gonçalo Ivo was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in 1958. He is the son of Brazilian writer and poet, Lêdo Ivo. Ivo took art courses at the Museum of Modern Art in Rio de Janeiro and studied Architecture and Urban Planning at the Fluminense Federal University where he received a Diploma in Architecture. He has been exhibiting his work since the late 1970s in various countries around the world, including Brazil, France, Italy, the US, Venezuela, Spain, Algeria, The Netherlands, Switzerland, Canada, Mexico, and Japan.
His work has been the focus of over 40 solo exhibitions and can be found in numerous private, corporate and public collections, including: The Museum of Geometric and MADI Art, Dallas, TX; and in Brazil, the Niterói Museum of Contemporary Art and the National Museum of Bellas Artes, Rio de Janeiro; the University of Ceará, Fortaleza; and in São Paulo the Museum of Contemporary Art, the Gallery of the State, the Itaú Cultural Institute and the Moreira Salles Institute. Ivo divides his time between Paris where he has worked and lived with his family since 2000 and his second residence and studio in Teresópolis, Brazil.
Intuition guides me. I do not rationalize while I paint. I simply breath, move ahead. I do not seek anything, sometimes I try to reach an unattainable coloring. – Gonçalo Ivo