Diana Carneiro, Curitiba, (MM Scholar 1997) - Founding member of the Paraná Botanical Illustration Center (CIBP and organizer of the Open Course Design Botanical Illustration. Steering Group Member of the National Union of Scientific Illustrators (UNIC). Coordinator of II National Meeting of Scientific Illustrators (II EBIC) held in Curitiba PR, in July 2008. Affiliated to American Society of Botanical Artists (ASBA). Exhibited internationally including the 13th Hunt Exhibition. Has works in serval important collections. Her book "Botanical Illustration: Principles and Methods" was published by Editora the Federal University of Paraná, in May 2012. (Kew Gardens Collection: Fuchsia arborescens, Diana Carneiro)
Rodrigo Demonte - b. 1961, son of Etienne Demonte. Featured in the 'Botanical Artists of the World' exhibition at the Tryon Gallery in London
Álvaro Xavier Núñez b. Annapolis. where he lives and works. He initially qualified and worked as an architect and on urban projects. In 1989, he started to study botany in 1989 and has dedicated many years to the scientific illustration of on the scientific illustration of wildlife and botanical subjects found in different ecosystems within Brazil including some areas which have not hitherto received much attention. He also spends long periods (up to 8 months) working away while studying new plants. His work work focuses on the fruits of the trees of the savanna, Amazonia and Pantanal. He has taught several botanical illustration courses. In 1998 received the Jabuti award for the work of illustration Fruit Bowl Amazon, produced by the Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation (EMBRAPA). He has also received a number of other awards for his art. He also has 29 paintings in the Shirley Sherwood Collection.
Maria Alice de Rezende, Rio de Janeiro, (MM Scholar 2004) - She has produced botanical illustrations for a number of projects and organisations including: the Research Institute of the Rio de Janeiro Botanic Garden.; Native Species of Brazilian Flora of Brazil occurring in the forests of Bullfinch Paracambi Park; Contributed to the Project Color: Orchids: Endangered or threatened with Extinction for Petrobras and Jardim Botânico do Rio de Janeiro. Her work is in several publications and public and private collections in Brazil and other countries. Member of ASBA
Klei Rodrigo Sousa - winner of Margaret Flockton First Prize, Second Prize and various Highly Commendeds
Silvia Troyo-Jimenez illustrated the 7 volumes of the Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica - a joint project between Museo Nacional de Costa Rica, Missouri Botanical Garden and the former INBio. She has been a botanical illustrator for 25 years and her work has appeared in several other publications.
Patricia Arroxellas Villela - b.1952 Rio de Janeiro. After initial training in the 70s at the School of Visual Arts , she began began her botanical art career in the early 1990s by attending the Rio de Janeiro Botanical Institute. She has been awarded a number of prizes and has shown internationally and at the Hunt Institute.
M. Fatima Zagonel, b. 1954. Curitiba. In 1998 she began her studies of botanical art in Curitiba with Diane Carneiro. Major collections including her paintings include the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, the Shirley Sherwood Collection and the Hunt Institute. (Kew Gardens Collection: Echinopsis mamillosa, Fatima Zagonel). She now helps other aspiring botanical artists.
Old and New South American Botanical Art
by M. Pilar San Pío Aladrén and Shirley Sherwood
This book was published in 2010 to accompany the exhibition at the Shirley Sherwood Gallery at Kew which was curated by Dr. Shirley Sherwood and Pilar de San Pío Aladren of the Real Jardín Botánico of Madrid.
The images in the exhibition - which are reflected in this catalogue - included
Brazilian artists featured in the exhibition include the Demonte family, a dynasty of botanical painters, and the award winning Alvaro Núñez whose work focuses on the fruits of the trees of the savanna, Amazonia and Pantanal. The book also includes paintings of South American plants by non-South American artists.
Publisher: Real Jardín Botánico of Madrid
Paperback: 175 pages : color illustrations ; 30 cm
This book is out of print and very difficult to get hold of. I bought my copy at the exhibition at Kew. I'd recommend searching online for second-hand copies.
Beware there are English and Spanish editions!
Alternatively there are copies at leading academic institutions e.g. Natural History Museum in London.
The Margaret Mee Fellowship Programme was founded to enable botanical illustrators from Brazil to train in botanical illustration in the UK at Kew Gardens. Christobel King has been the main tutor for the artist scholars on the programme.
A number of them have gone on to develop successful careers which involve working as a professional botanical illustrator and/or teaching botanical illustration.
Below is the list of Artist Scholars to date who have been funded by the programme.
20th century Artist Scholars (1989-2000)
21st century Artist Scholars (2001 - to date)
The Margaret Mee Fellowship Programme Artist Scholarship started again in 2015.
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