Claudio, born in Brazil, has loved art since he was a child. However, he was a chemical engineer until 1987, when he decided to dedicate his time entirely to painting. After a few months at the School of Fine Arts (Federal University of Rio de Janeiro), he found out that, unfortunately, he wouldn't be able to reach his artistic goals - since the school was totally abandoned), and to learn everything that is crucial to a painter's education. Since then, he would continue to be a self-taught learner of the Great Masters, from the Renaissance to Impressionism. Since 1988, Dantas has been in the market through the Arte Heritage Gallery, in Rio de Janeiro. He has been exclusively dedicated to painting since then.