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Francisco Rebolo Biography

Francisco Rebollo Gonsales (artistic name: REBOLO) was born on 8/22/1902, in São Paulo, son of Spanish immigrants that arrived in Brazil at the end of the XIXth Century. He lived intensively two trajectories: first, as a soccer player, from 1917 to 1932, when he played in Corinthians (1921 to 1927) and in Ypiranga, both soccer teams from the city of São Paulo; in 1934, he becomes a painter and completes, on the date of his death (7/10/1980), a history of nearly half a century as an important artist. A curious fact connected his two activities: in the 30’s, already a well-known painter, he drew the definitive Corinthians symbol, which is today a national icon. Santa Helena’s Group (St. Helen’s Group): Companionship Making Art and Life A marking characteristic of Rebolo, which appeared clearly during his long trajectory as an artist, was his capacity as an organizer of the class. Still in the beginning of his career, in the early 30’s, he rented two rooms in the imposing Santa Helena’s Building – which divided the former Sé Square and Clóvis Square in the center of São Paulo; there, he built his atelier of easel painting, using it also as a location to receive his customers of ornamental painting of residences, in the condition of a small businessman. With a spirit of leadership, Rebolo invited to use the rooms several names that entered the history of Brazilian art: Aldo Bonadei, Fúlvio Pennacchi, Alfredo Volpi, Clóvis Graciano, Mário Zanini and others, and from this close association emerged what was called by the critics of the time as “Santa Helena’s Group”. All of its members remained friends

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