He was Born in Trujillo in 1937. His formation was in the National Superior School of Beaux Arts, although Gerardo, in public statements, recognizes, as his most significative master, his brother Angel, 8 years older than him. He graduated from the School in 1959,. He traveled and lived in Paris in the first years of the 60’s., where he met artists and painters like Wifredo Lam (1902-1982) among others. The painting of Gerardo Chavez, initially figurative-realist, changed this vision for a fitting to surrealism, within the style and the concepts of the Chilean painter Eduardo Matta who could be labeled as the “real master” of the painter, whom he met in Italy. In 1983 he created in Trujillo, Peru, the First Biennale of Contemporary Art. Chávez has had many individual exhibitions in museums and galleries in America, Asia and Europa. His work is represented in important public and private collections throughout the world.