Niterói, RJ, 1915 – 1988
Painter, sketch artist, engraver and illustrator, Dacosta is one of the main names associated with geometric abstraction in Brazil. At the beginning of his career he painted seascapes, landscapes and portraits influenced by post-impressionist movements, particularly of Paul Cézanne (1839-1906). In 1931 he joined the Bernardelli Group.
In the late 1940s, he created the series Figuras e Naturezas-Mortas (Figures and Still life) in which the geometrizing of figure and space is present, an influence of cubism. These works show the conflict between the clear structure at the same time in which they disclose the artist’s subjectivity in dense and opaque colors in his paintings.