ntonio Carlos De Almeida was born on December 26, 1962, in Ituiutaba-MG, Brazil. His interest and exceptional talents for drawing were recognized during his early years.
 Antonio was just 12 years old when his father, Valdo Maximiano De Almeida, died unexpectedly at the early age of 40. The heartbroken Antonio was sent to live with an uncle and the young artist’s aspirations suffered a hard knock down as he missed very much the support of his father in that direction.
Not feeling comfortable in producing art in the new household, ambitious Antonio took advantage of school time to draw on notebook covers or any other scraps of paper he could find. His treasured efforts were secretly hidden under his mattress at home.
At the age of 17, Antonio left his uncle’s home and moved to Goiania to work as a furniture designer. His employer was Luiz Olinto, now a close friend and famed sculptor. He also began a study of Architecture.
Career opportunities in that field took him to Ituiutaba, where he met and married a fellow architect, Lilian Mascarenhas, who recognized his tremendous potential as an artist. They now have three children, and she continues to encourage him to spend most of his time at the easel.
People who view his current portraits often believe he must be an elderly gentleman because his work exemplifies years of experience, keen, sensitive observation, and qualities previously typical only of the great masters of the past such as Raphael, Velaquez, and John Singer Sargent.
The fortunate clients from whom he has accepted commission over the past three years have taken their masterpieces home to Italy, Spain, England, and throughout the United States. As a winner of recent prestigious art competitions in Brazil, the work of this master will please many generations of families in Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo, Campinas, Goiania, Belo Horizonte and Brasilia.