b. 1907
- d. 2003
  • Brazil
Turnover 2023
$USD 2.621.100
Record Sale
$USD 262.000

Coming from Recife, he spent a short time in Rio de Janeiro studying painting. Still in Rio, he held his first solo exhibition. In 1937, he moved to Paris, where he lived all his life. He became friends with Picasso and the poet Paul Éluard, and came into contact with Surrealism. From the 1930s onwards, he exhibited regularly in Brazil and abroad. Roberto Pontual wrote about his career in Paris in 1988: “Undoubtedly, towards the end of the 1920s, there were other pioneers among us with a certain surreal stance: Tarsila and Ismael Nery. The important thing, however, is that Cícero’s surrealism came to complete, with them, a triangle whose riches have yet to be critically explored to the end.” In 1997, Casa França-Brasil opened a major retrospective of his work in Rio de Janeiro.

Public Collections

Instituto Cícero Dias, The Centre Pompidou, Museu Nacional de belas Artes, Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires – MALBA, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Museu Nacional da República, Museum of Modern Art Aloisio Magalhães, Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil – RJ and Museu Oscar Niemeyer.


Auction Record

Cicero Dias
A Difícil Partida, 1920

Watercolour on paper
98 x 50 cm

Sotheby’s New York NY, United States
Latin American – Modern Art
19 nov 2015
Lot # 6

Estimate: $ 100,000 – $ 150,000 USD
Hammer price: $ 210,000 USD
Buyer’s premium: $ 262,000 USD



Cicero Dias
O Sonho, 1931

Watercolor on paper
51 x 62 cm

Sylvia Dias-Dautresme donated her father’s work on July 6, 2021 to the Centre Pompidou.

Other works

51 cm x
62 cm
Latest price

$USD 23.224

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