In 1950 Siron Franco moved with his family to the new state capital, Goiânia, who exerted an important influence on his work. He studied art informally at the Open Air Studio in Goiânia under the supervision of two local painters.
His reputation began to grow after winning the Acquisition Prize at the Bahia Bienal in 1968. In 1973, following several individual exhibitions, Franco won the First Global Spring Salon (Brasilia) Travel Prize: six months in Mexico, where he was to meet José Luis Cuevas. In 1974 Franco enjoyed his first overseas exhibition in Japan. During this time Franco was becoming increasingly established in Brazil, winning several major prizes. In 1975 he was awarded the 24th Rio de Janeiro Salon of Modern Art Travel Prize. This was the nation’s most prestigious honour and meant a two-year bursary in any country. Franco based himself in Madrid for that period, although he used the opportunity to travel within Europe and North Africa.
In 1992 the Brazilian Indigenous Community commissioned Franco to make a Monument to the Indigenous Nations in Brasilia, Brazil’s capital.
Siron Franco lives in Brazil, where his reputation and success has grown considerably over the years.
Goiás Velho, 1947