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Tiago Finato was born in Sao Paulo, Brazil in 1982.
Always sketching and drawing as a young boy his life was guided by chance when on an outing with his Aunt they came upon a Portrait Artist painting in a local plaza. Fascinated he watched the artist for over an hour as he captured his customers likeness with uncanny accuracy. Shorty after this at the young age of 12 his parents enrolled him at the prestigious Eteuvina Ramos Viana Art School in Sao Jose' do Rio Preto, Brazil. There he sold his first painting, had his first solo show and the following year was promoted to assistant instructor. By 1997 Tiago had painted commissioned portraits of a local schools academic masters, a portrait of Brazilian tennis star Gustavo Kuerten and started teaching his own portrait classes at the Eteuvina Ramos Viana Art School where he had first studied. In 2000 Tiago moved to the United States to continue exploring the art world and establish himself. During this time he painted commissioned portraits, conducted classes at a local artist workshop, as well as private lessons with live models, all the time working at improving his painting skills and techniques. He exhibited his art in many local galleries and juried shows winning awards and recognition along the way. Now considered one of the premier portrait artists in the New England area Tiago's last commissioned portrait was of Lizzie Borden for the Fall River Historical Society and he is currently working on a portrait of the new Mayor of Fall River, Massachusetts William Flanagan, which will be on permanent display at City Hall...