b. 1971 Rio de Janeiro (MM Scholar 1998) followed by a Masters Degree in Fine Arts at Goldsmith College, University of London. Artist in Residence at the Arizona Sonora Desert Museum in 2001. Work held at Kew, the Hunt Institute where he exhibited in 2001, the Zoological Society in London and many private collections. Work reproduced in Curtis's Botanical Magazine. Various exhibitions in the UK, USA and Canada. Featured in Old and New South American Art.
b. 1952 Rio de Janeiro. (MM Scholar 1989) Studied at Kew in 1990 as first Margaret Mee Scholar. Strongly influenced by the style of Margaret Mee's work. Exhibited extensively in Brazil, the US, Europe and Chile. Produced a book of Watercolors and drawings of the Brazilian flora in 2004. Co-illustrator with Paulo Ormindo of Arvores Notáveis: 200 Anos do Jardim Botânico do Rio de Janeiro, a prizewinning and groundbreaking book that was the first to fully illustrate and describe all the native tree species of Brazil. Teacher at the Jardim Botânico school in Rio and at various other venues. Featured in A New Flowering: 1000 years of Botanical Art.
Based in 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)
b. 1957, son of Etienne Demonte. Trained as a geologist but also a member of the Atelier Demonte in Petropolis. Exhibited widely in the 1980-90s including at the 'Botanical Artists of the World' exhibition at the Tryon & Swann Gallery, London, in 1998 and at the Hunt. Featured in Old and New South American Art.
b. 1961, son of Etienne Demonte. Trained as an agronomist -specialising in sols and natural resources but was also a member of Atelier Demonte. Started exhibiting paintings in Brazil in 19080s and showed in USA and UK in 1990s including the 'Botanical Artists of the World' exhibition at the Tryon Gallery in London
A scientific botanical illustrator who won first prize in the Margaret Flockton Award 2013. He is graduate student of the Universidade de São Paulo, Instituto de Biociências.
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
Susana Ferreira de Souza
Trained in Brazil in Graphic Design (1972) and in Botanical Illustration. Works as a botanical illustrator and has entered work for the Margaret Flockton Award.
Klei Rodrigo Sousa
Winner of Margaret Flockton First Prize (2012), Second Prize (2009) and various Highly Commended citations (2015, 2014, 2013,)
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.
Elvia Esparza Alvarado GM (1999, 2004)
b. Mexico City in 1944. She is Professor of the Laboratory of Scientific Illustration at the Institute of Biology of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). She has worked there since 1980 having taken up botanical illustration in 1971. She graduated from the School of Painting and Sculpture, the Esmeralda of the National Institute of Fine Arts but then took time out to raise her children. She has received several awards for her scientific illustration including two RHS Gold Medals for illustrations of cacti and desert plants in their natural habitats. In 2004 she was awarded 'Best Botanical Artist' at the RHS exhibition. Her work appears in numerous scientific publications of the UNAM’s Biology Institute and others and about botanical art including A New Flowering: 1000 Years of Botanical Art and Old and New South American Art. Her works have been exhibited around the world including at the Natural History Museum, London; the Linnean Society; RHS Wisley and her work is in the collections of the Royal Botanic Garden Kew, the Hunt Institute and UNAM. She has also taught several generations of scientific illustrators. She founded the Mexico Academy of Scientific Illustration and was President from 1991-1998. ( She has no website - Article about her; another article)
Edmundo Saavedra Vidal
A professional botanical illustrator who is member of the technical staff at the Instituto de Ecología AC de México. He was awarded First Prize in the Margaret Flockton Award in 2011 and 2015. He also came second in 2014.
A scientific illustrator translates the needs of a biologist with an informative purpose into images. The drawing requires absolute fidelity to the real model, its colors, the detail, to the point that sometimes the biologist himself discovers aspects in the sheet that went unnoticed, such as a bulb or a hidden hair.
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