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Tantão is a visual performer, painter and musician from São Gonçalo, Rio de Janeiro. After studying classical violin in his youth he worked for some time as a draftsman in a shipyard.
He also ran a paralel music career playing keyboards and synths with his former band Black Future - which recorded an LP in 1988 and split a year later, after the label's director was fired for their record being considered ‘too experimental'. Now it's worth a fortune as only 5000 copies.
His drawing and painting have been heavily influenced by his work on the naval industry as well as the street art and his passionate relationship with the history of modern painting and contemporary art. He has performed alongside groups like Chelpa Ferro, Demillus & Duloren, John Merrick Experience, DEDO and many others before creating his new band, Tantão e os Fita, with Cainã Bomilcar and Abel Duarte.
Now he's the frontman and their first record, made in 2017, is a nightclub hit in Brazil. As a painter he's had collective and individual shows in many cities in Brazil and also in Holland, where he's been twice in an art residence program promoted by the Mondriaan Foudation between 2010 and 11. His painting range from abstract to concrete, using all kinds of different techniques and materials. Now his friends Anne and Gabraz, a filmmaking documentary duo, have made a film with him and the first international screening will take place in the Berlinale's Forum Expanded, in february 2018
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