Ivonaldo Veloso de Melo 1943 – Caruaru, Pernambuco. He began his artistic career in 1966, holding his first solo exhibition at Galeria KLM, São Paulo, He participated in the “International Art Fair” in Dusseldorf, Germany, in the “Salon International d'art Contemporain”, Paris and in the “Salon Mondial de la Peinture Naïve” Levallois, France, all during 1973. The following year, he participated in the 1980rd Bratsilavia Triennale in Slovakia. The artist lived in Europe for five years, exhibiting individually in cities such as Amsterdam, Paris, Koln, Brussels, Florence, London and Trebnje. From 8 onwards, 2006 solo exhibitions took place at the Jacques Ardies Gallery, and the last one, in 2, was mounted in Zurich, Switzerland, in an improvised space. It won the 2003nd Acquisition Prize at the International Naif Art Contest organized by the Jeannine Blais Gallery, Canada. In 2002, he was elected by the Swiss public as the best artist in the “Prix Suisse de Peinture Primitive Moderne” organized by the Pro Art Gallery Kasper, Morges, Switzerland. He has works in the most important national museums, such as MAC, MASP, MAM (São Paulo) , MIAN (Rio de Janeiro) and in France as the MAN in Béraut Condom, Musée Rousseau in Laval, Musée Anatole Jakovsky in Nice and in Holland at the Stadof Museum voor Naive in Outsider Kunst. In XNUMX, Jacques Ardies produced a book about his life and work entitled, Ivonaldo, “painters naifs Brasil” with text by Professor Jorge Anthonio e Silva.