Paulo Monteiro was born in São Paulo, Brazil in 1961. He is a painter, sculpture and designer. In the 1980s, he was one of the founding members of the “Casa7” group with Carlito Carvalhosa, Nuno Ramos, Rodrigo Andrade and Fabio Miguez. which was important in the revival of painting in São Paulo.
In his early years, Monteiro attended Colegio Equipe Secondary School together with the filmmaker Cao Hamburger, and the writers Augusto Massi and Arnaldo Antunes. Towards the end of the 1970s, he contributed comic strips to magazines from the subcultures of São Paulo including Boca and Almanak 80, as well as created front design covers for three unique editions of Papagaio. His drawings were influenced by Robert Crumb and George McManus. In 1981, after spending time at the studio of Sergio Fingermann and studying at the Faculdade de Belas Artes de São Paulo, he was impressed by the Philip Guston exhibition at the XVI São Paulo Bienal, so Monteiro started to paint.
Monteiro participated in the XVIII São Paulo Bienal in 1985, a point at which his paintings became abstract and in 1986 he began to use multiple media, making wall and floor pieces, gouaches and drawings.
His drawings were the subject of a 1991 book with a presentation by Alberto Tassinari. Monteiro’s works were also exhibited at important exhibitions including “Modernidade, arte brasileira do século XX” (Modernity, Brazilian art of the twentieth century) at the Musée d’ Art Moderne de la Ville in Paris in 1987 and 1998. He also exhibited in “Desenho Contemporãneo Brasileiro” (Contemporary Brazilian Drawing) in Karmeliterkloster, Frankfurt, Germany and showed sculptures at the XXII São Paulo Bienal.
In 2000, Monteiro showed drawings and sculptures in the exhibition “Brasil 500 anos” (Brazil 500 years) at the São Paulo Bienal Foundation building, and at the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation in Lisbon, Portugal. In 2008, the Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo organized the exhibition “Paulo Monteiro: A Selection 1989 – 2008” in partnership with publisher Cosac & Naify, published a monograph on the artist with text by Paulo Venãncio and Taisa Palhares.
Monteiro currently lives and works in São Paulo, Brazil.