Sunday, December 4, 2022

ACEO Clown #243 "The Sculptor Clown" Pedro Tochas


ACEO Clown #243 "Pedro Tochas"

2 ½” x 3 ½” (64 x 89 mm)

ACEO Clown portrait #243 is inspired by a very talented clown "The Sculptor Clown" Pedro Tochas from Avelar, Portugal. Tochas is a regular street and stage performer, stand-up comedian, a past cast member for a popular Portuguese TV comedy series and a judge for a famous TV show in Portugal. Pedro (Pedro Nuno Simões Lopes dos Santos) studied Chemical Engineering at the University of Coimbra in Portugal. In the university years due to his aptitude for juggling with fire, he received the nickname Tochas (Torch). He traveled to the United States and studied juggling and physical comedy at the Celebration Barn Theater. Later on he trained himself in Academy of Circus Arts and the Physical Theatre in England. He returned the following year, but this time with a scholarship from the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, which helped him to afford the cost of living in England. "The Sculptor Clown" caracter is nothing more than his imagination and a little help from the audience, he builds a love story without saying a single word, with heroes, villains, and epic battles. He will perform in Bread & Circus, World Buskers Festival January 13th to 29th in Christchurch, New Zealand. Visit his website for more info

“O Palhaço Escultor” in Red Deer, Canada, 2015.

Photo by Miyako Palmer

work on progress

Sunday, November 20, 2022

ACEO Clown #242 "Troy Wunderle"


ACEO Clown #242 "Troy Wunderle"

2 ½” x 3 ½” (64 x 89 mm)

ACEO Clown portrait #242 is inspired by a fantastic clown Troy Wunderle from Vermont, USA.  After his Graphic design education in Maryland Institute College of art Wunderle studied at Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Clown College.

He has toured more than 2 decades throughout the United States as a freelance performer and employee of Vermont’s own Circus Smirkus. 

Troy is the founder of Wunderle’s Big Top Adventures and the Artistic Director of the Circus Smirkus Big Top Tour. He spent 6 years as Director of Clowning for the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus. Visit his website to see his latest shows.

Troy Wunderle

Saturday, October 22, 2022

ACEO Clown #241 "Palhaço Matraca"


ACEO Clown #241 "Palhaço Matraca"

2 ½” x 3 ½” (64 x 89 mm)

ACEO Clown portrait #241 is inspired by a former circus clown Matraca (Celso Stevanovich) from Buenos Aires, Argentina. Celso is coming from an old circus family. His grandfather owned a circus and his father was trapez artist, his mother was contortionist. His uncle was a clown. Many years he performed with his son Moroco (see previous post) at Circo Amar Brazil.

Celso Stevanovich, palhaço Matraca no Le Cirque Amar - Foto: Reprodução/YouTube/Folha de Pernambuco


Tuesday, October 18, 2022

ACEO Clown Portrait #240 "Palhaço Moroco"


ACEO Clown #240 "Palhaço Moroco"

2 ½” x 3 ½” (64 x 89 mm)

ACEO Clown portrait #240 is inspired by a very talented circus clown Palhaço Moroco (Moroco Stevanovich) who lives in Fortaleza, Brazil but originally he is from Buenos Aires, Argentina. Moroco has been clowning more than 20 years. His father Celso Stevanovich his clown name is Matraca and coming from a circus family. Moroco at very young age started to perform with his father. He performed at Circo Moscou and at the moment he is working at Le Cirque Amar in Brazil. See his latest news at @morocirco

Palhaço Moroco

work in progress

Sunday, October 9, 2022

ACEO Clown Portrait #239 "Peggy Williams"


ACEO Clown #239 "Peggy Williams"

2 ½” x 3 ½” (64 x 89 mm)

ACEO Clown portrait #239 is inspired by a former professional clown "Peggy Williams" from  Madison, Wisconsin USA. She did a speech pathology major at the University of Wisconsin , focusing on deaf education but she made a life changing decision and went to the clown college and became the first female graduate of Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circuses Clown College in 1970.

Following completion of the program of study, she went on the road with The Greatest Show on Earth, distinguishing herself during her nine years of travel with the circus. In 1973, she was asked to join the  teaching staff at Clown College  where she assisted students in nurturing the relationship between performers and the public.

She worked on special assignments at the Circus’s corporate headquarters in Washington, DC where she initiated a series of new educational programs  often revolving around a clowning theme. In 1981, Peggy became the assistant performance director for Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus’ Blue Unit. 

Peggy Williams

work in progress

Thursday, September 15, 2022

ACEO Clowns #237 & #238 "Pulguita & Timbico"


Clown #237 "Pulguita, Clown #238 Timbico"

acrylic on paper,

2 ½” x 3 ½” (64 x 89 mm), 2022

Micheli de Oliveira dos Santos and Mika Marques are a Brasilian clown duo known by their stage name as "Pulguita & Timbico".

When Micheli was a young girl she went to see a show in Bento-Gonçalven theater she was hypnotized by the ambiance, the lights, the actors and the magic. After that day her future was going to change. 

Her family could not afford theater classes. So she had to raise her artistic level through hours and hours of self-teaching, without spending. Until one day she got her first job, whose salary helped her get on the path of theatricality. But the real turning point was in Porto Alegre, in a workshop that lasted a week, with Spanish clown Iván Prado, who directed "Pallasos en Rebeldia". Micheli invested in herself, took the clown course and became a wonderful clown!

Then, in 2014, Cia Espicula was born, which clown Pulguita (Micheli) started to play forward in Caxias do Sul, with clown Timbico (Mika), the two of them getting by with circus acts, workshops, theater, and lots of clowning - a professional initiative that today has become their exclusive livelihood. 

"Pulguita & Timbico"


work in progress

Saturday, September 3, 2022

ACEO Clown Portrait #236 "Sito Rivelino"


ACEO Clown #236 "Sito Rivelino"

2 ½” x 3 ½” (64 x 89 mm)

ACEO Clown portrait #236 is inspired by a wonderful circus clown Sito Rivelino (José Luis Santos Oliveira) from Spain. He is the seventh generation of a Spanish clown artist family. Sito started clowning at very young age and performed in many circuses in Europe and around the world. His son Dani Rivelino is a very talented clown as well.

Sito Rivelino

work in progress

Monday, August 29, 2022

ACEO Clown Portrait #235 "Lluís Raluy Tomás"


ACEO Clown #235 "Lluís Raluy Tomás"

2 ½” x 3 ½” (64 x 89 mm)

ACEO Clown portrait #235 is a homage to Lluís Raluy Tomás from Barcelona, Spain (1942-2021). He was the third generation of artists in the Raluy family. His father was the founder of Circo Raluy of which he was, along with his brother Carlos, co-director.  At the age of 19 the circus embarked on a tour of more than two and a half years that took Luis and his family in distant countries (Kenya, Uganda, Tanganyika, Madagascar, China, Ceylon, Macao, Singapore, Cambodia, Vietnam and other areas of the Indian Ocean and Asia). He created in June 2016 as a result of the separation of Circo Raluy into two different circus projects. 

Besides beeing a professional clown, he was a writer and self-taught mathematician. His love of mathematics led him to write three books on the subject. This rare combination of circus performer and writer of mathematical books has been reflected in radio and television interviews, and apart from the mathematical books Lluís Raluy has also written a book about mirages and another one about the world of the circus. 

"Lluís Raluy Tomás"

work in progress

Tuesday, August 23, 2022

ACEO Clown Portrait #234 "Palhaço Chuvisco"


ACEO Clown #234 "Palhaço Chuvisco" 

2 ½” x 3 ½” (64 x 89 mm)

ACEO Clown portrait #234 is inspired by a young clown named "Palhaço Chuvisco" from Cuparaque, Brazil.  He is the young brother of Palhaço Cuti Cuti that I painted his portrait previously. You can follow Palhaço Chuvisco on Instagram at @Palhaço_Chuvisco

Palhaço Chuvisco

Work in progress

Sunday, August 21, 2022

ACEO Clown Portrait #233 "Palhaço Cuti Cuti"


ACEO Clown #233 "Palhaço Cuti Cuti" 

2 ½” x 3 ½” (64 x 89 mm)

ACEO Clown portrait #233 is inspired by a talented young clown named "Palhaço Cuti Cuti" (Werikson Alves) from Cuparaque, Brazil. I discovered him through Instagram. He and his clown brother, Palhaço Chuvisco, are in the entertainment career, organizing events and parties for children. 

See more info at his FB page.

Palhaço Cuti Cuti

work in progress