|Born||April 9, 1985|
Terceira Island, Portugal
|Education||Master of Architecture (M.Arch.)|
|Grimms' Fairy Tales Characters, Bible Characters|
|Movement||Lowbrow (art movement)|
Tiago Azevedo (born April 9, 1985) is a Portuguese painter, part of the Lowbrow (or Pop Surrealist) art movement.
Tiago Azevedo was born on Terceira Island on April 9, 1985, but was raised in Coimbra and Lisbon, Portugal.He graduated in architecture in 2009, at the Lusíada University, and worked in Porto, before moving to Munich, Germany in 2014, where he worked as an architect, collaborating in prestigious projects such as the restoration of the Hotel Bayerischer Hof, Munich. Upon moving to Germany, Azevedo started dedicating more time to painting, rising to prominence because of his combined use of classical techniques with contemporary concepts, part of the Lowbrow art movement.
Azevedo's debut exhibition was in Paris in 2015.Due to massive critical reception, Azevedo was invited to exhibit pieces of his first collection "Fairy Tales" in New York and Cannes on the following year. Azevedo returned to New York on the same year to exhibit his first oil paintings from his second collection "Religion".
Azevedo is one of the most popular painters on YouTube.He posted his first video in 2006, but it wasn't until 2015 that he started to gain massive popularity. With a series of motivational videos around the concept of the starving artist and hundreds of painting tutorials, Azevedo has also developed an original video series about art history. Amongst his most popular videos are the biographies of Frida Kahlo and Andy Warhol. He has been credited with having found a unique approach to educating young people about art, with bite-size content.
In November 2017, Azevedo published his first book, which condensed details of the oil paintings from his first collection along with the original version of the Grimms' Fairy Tales.
In 2022, Azevedo stated that he has received treatment for depression and anxiety.He said, "When I experienced first-hand how devastating and crippling depression can be, I realized that there are a lot of people out there that suffer from the same illness, but also that there are a great deal of people that unfortunately don’t understand it." Since then, he became an advocate for mental health awareness, fundraising for nonprofit organizations and talking openly about his journey.
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