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Death of the famous Mauritian painter VACO.

Vaco was born in Mauritius in 1940 where he exhibited for the first time in 1958. His second exhibition was in Reunion Island in 1960. For the following three years he worked with Serge Constantin and Siegfried Sammer at thier studio in the Plaza theatre, Rose Hill.

From 1964 to 1970 he left Mauritius to study art in Brussels and Paris. After his studies in Europe he moved to Africa and stayed for the following 20 years.In 1990 he finally returned to his native isle to pursue his passion. Vaco opened a studio where he gave art lessons to adults and children. At the same time he was commissioned to paint large paintings and murals for the islands principle establishments as well as exhibiting his own work along with his students. In 1998 he opened his own gallery in Grand Bay which was inaugurated by the president of Mauritius, Mr Cassam Uteem.

Vaco has represented Mauritius at important international exhibitions with his aesthetic metaphors of islands, sun and light.

In 1993 he represented Mautirius in the 90th salon d’Automne in Paris. He exhibited in Brussels from 12th June to 27th July 2001 by invitation from Ministry of Development and Cooperation of the European Union. Following his exhibition in Brussels he exhibited in Fribourg, Switzerland from the 17th to the 30th November.

From the 19th the 31st of October 2002 Vaco transported his canvasses to Paris where he was invited by the Mayor of St Germain en Laye for an exhibition at musée Véra.

From the 25th of September to the 31st October 2003 he exhibited at the prestigious gallery ARTE92 in Milan, Italy with great success.

In December 2005 Vaco exhibits “Voyages aux mers du Sud” (Voyages on the Southern seas) which was inspired by his travels to Australia, New Zealand, Polynesia and the Marquise Islands. “Voyages aux mers du Sud” was Vaco’s first exhibition in Mauritius in eight years.

In January 2008 Vaco has a private exhibition in Hong Kong and the year ends with an exhibition in Geneva, Switzerland.

End of March 2009 Vaco hosted a workshop with the pupils of the Lycée La Bourdonnais in Curepipe and produced a mural with the students.

Vaco continues to work on many large art projects for the private and public sector from his studio in Grand Bay.


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