Son of officials of the Railroad Company, Iberê (1914-1994) spent his childhood in the Rio Grande do Sul’s countryside, whose landscape of desolation was decisive for the exercise of the gaze and for the fixation of the moral principles that guide his thinking. In 1942, he settled in Rio, where he was a student of Guignard. In 1948, thanks to the Travel Award obtained at the Salon of Modern Art, Iberê went to Europe, where he studied with De Chirico and André Lhote – a fundamental period for the formation of his gaze.
When he returned to Brazil in the early 1950s, he was invited to participate in the 1st SP Biennial. Since then, Iberê has held numerous collective and individual exhibitions in Brazil and abroad. He founded the course of engraving in metal at the Municipal Institute of Fine Arts of Rio (1953), constant activity of the artist. In spite of its real importance, Iberê’s work has been affirming since the 1960s. Since 1982 Iberê has returned to live in Porto Alegre, where he lived until his death in 1994. Fundação Iberê Camargo was inaugurated in 2008 , in Porto Alegre, in the very south of Brazil.