Ascânio Maria Martins Monteiro (Braga, Portugal, 1941), is a sculptor and painter. He lives in Rio de Janeiro since 1959.
He joined the Escola Nacional de Belas Artes – Enba, and studied there from 1963 to 1965. At the time, he did his first sculpture works, using geometric solids made by wood. In the middle of the 1960’s, he had a studio with Antonio Manuel (1947). He finished his studies in Architecture in 1969. After that, he started using wooden laths arranged in vertical and horizontal progressions, and built ludic boxes disposed as wooden basis, giving the opportunity for the viewers to move cast frames in a square shape in different sizes. He also used acrylic and anodized aluminum to create boxes and multiples since the 1970’s. At the end of the following decade, he created the first Piramidais, sculptures that represent natural displacements of the laths and aluminum pipes, creating empty spaces. In 2005, it’s released the book Ascânio MMM, by Andrea Jakobsson editor, with writings by Paulo Sergio Duarte, Marcio Doctors, Lauro Cavalcanti and Fernando Cocchiarale.