José Caetano de Almeida Filho (Campinas, 1964). Painter and engraver, he studied Plastic Arts at Fundação Armando Álvares Penteado – Faap, between 1983 and 1988, where Evandro Carlos Jardim and Nelson Leirner, among other, were his teachers.
Around 1984, he attends the engraving workshops at Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo – Pesp. Between 1986 and 1991, he was responsible for the series Bestiário, recreating illustrations from books and encyclopaedias.
In the 1990s, he begins presenting saturated paintings of representations of animals and plants of great chromatic opulence. Frequently he re-elaborates paintings landmarks of the art history, such as Madames, 1999, inspired by the paintings of Jean-Marc Nattier (1685-1766), of the collection of the Museu de Arte de São Paulo Assis Chateaubriand – Masp.
In the work Mundo Plano, 2000-2003, his compositions are inspired by fabric patterns, gathered during his voyages to France and to Italy, as well as by the works of Thomas Pollock (1815-1912), Alfredo Volpi (1896-1988) and other artists. In 2005, he creates Grotesco, where he evokes the paintings from the Roman Antiquity discovered during the Renaissance period.