Francesco Chico da Silva (Brazil, 1922 - 1985) 1977 acrylic on canvas depicting two chickens in vibrant colors against a black background; signed and dated to bottom middle; measures approximately 17-3/4" x 25-3/8" unframed; in Good overall condition. The indigenous painter Francesco Chico da Silva was born in Acre in the Amazon rainforest in 1910. He was one of Brazil's first self-taught artists ever to become known nationwide and internationally. In the early 1940s he was "discovered" by Swiss painter and art critic Jean Pierre Chabloz who introduced him to gouache and other artist materials. Soon afterwards his works were exhibited in Europe, and throughout Brazil, for the first time. Decades later, after numerous national and international exhibitions and awards, da Silva was included in the first Latin American Biennial. He died in Fortaleza in 1985.