Madeleine Ribeiro Bonnet Colaço 1907 – Tanger, Morocco 2001 – Rio de Janeiro French, naturalized Brazilian, Madeleine Colaço was born in Morocco to French-American parents. Married to Portuguese writer Ribeiro Colaço, the couple moved to Brazil in 1940.
She studied the art of tapestry in Morocco and France and discovered the new embroidery stitch that was named “Brazilian Stitch” registered at the “Centre International de la Tapisserie” in Lausanne, Switzerland. In 1963, for the first time, he exhibited his embroidered tapestries in Rio de Janeiro and, since then, he has held more than 46 individual exhibitions around the world, such as at Chateau de Lucens in Lausanne, at the Prinzhorn Gallery in Vienna, at the Palais des Congrès de Brussels, the Maison de l'Amérique Latine in Monaco, the Museum of the State of Kansas, USA, and the Musée d'art Naïf Anatole Jakovsky in Nice, southern France, to name just a few. Between 1986 and 2007, the Jacques Ardies gallery in São Paulo presented its new tapestries on 9 occasions.
In his words, he declared: “The tapestry is, for me, a reason for joy in living. It is an art that teaches us other arts: that of being patient, for example, or of researching. And it was researching that I had the happiness of creating the “Brazilian dot” and offering it to this Brazil that gave me so much. “His trajectory has always been solar, luminously disposed to the heat of the festive. A dreamed vision of the tropics, its tapestries are both simple and exuberant” wrote Roberto Pontual.