Carlos Zilio was born in Rio de Janeiro in 1944. In 1962 he entered the Institute of Fine Arts in Guanabara and studied painting with Iberê Camargo. He graduated in psychology from the Institute of Psychology of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ) in 1973. In 1975, he became one of the editors of the magazine Malasartes. His production of the 1960s and 1970s reveals a broad sense of social criticism, as in Lute (1967) and For a Youth with Brilliant Prospects (1973). In 1976, because of political persecution, Zilio traveled to Paris, where, in 1980, he concluded a PhD in Arts at the University of Paris VIII. After his return to Brazil, he teaches in the specialization course of History of Art and History of Brazilian Architecture, as well as in the master’s degree in Social History of Culture, at PUC/RJ. In 1978 he decided to dedicate himself solely to painting, mainly creating abstract works. A major influence in this period were the works by Cézanne (1839 – 1906). Zilio’s works also dialogue with paintings by North American artists, such as Barnett Newman (1905 – 1970) and Jasper Johns (1930). His work is abstract, gestural paintings in which a monochromatic palette frequently appears.