Among eight sons and daughters, César Papa was one of the youngests. Since he was a little boy, he showed interest in the domain of arts. So at the age of 28 he was part of the first class of the Dulcina Faculty of Arts in Brasilia. In the following years, Papa participated of a few exhibitions and started his Women Series, the one he kept producing during his entire life.

In 1986, Papa started a new life in California – the turning point of his career as an artist. He goes to US aiming to take his work to the next level and also to become a known artist. And so he does. In his letters to Brazil, he says he studies as never and that his work is starting to be something to be proud of.

This whole process was interrupted in 1989, when Papa found out he had AIDS and decided to return to Brazil, where he died two years later.