A preeminent multi-instrumentalist and composer, Garoto was born on June 28, 1915, in Sao Paulo and died on May 3, 1955, in Rio de Janeiro. At the age of 12 he started his professional career as "Moleque do Banjo" (Little Boy of the Banjo), a very popular instrument at that time. Later, Garoto was invited to work for several broadcasting stations - playing guitar, mandolin, banjo, cavaquinho (4-string Brazilian soprano guitar), and violao tenor (4-string Brazilian tenor guitar). He also participated in different orchestral formations and backed important Brazilian musicians.
In 1933, Garoto started musical and classical guitar lessons with Attilio Bernardini. Accepting an invitation to work with Carmen Miranda and the group "Banda da Lua" in 1939, Garoto traveled to the United States where he performed in several cities and made close contacts with jazz musicians. He took part in the successful Broadway Revue "Streets of Paris" and in the Fox film "Down Argentine Way." He returned to Brazil a year later and worked for the radio stations of Rio de Janeiro.
In 1950, Garoto recorded "Tristezas de um Violao," a 78rpm recording of guitar solos. In 1953, at the Municipal Theater of Rio, he performed Radames Gnattali's "Concertino No. 2" for guitar and orchestra.
The last years of Garoto's life were mostly dedicated to the acoustic guitar, on which his compositions revealed a mature musician whose deep knowledge of jazz and classical music created an expressive, innovative, original style.
The details of Garoto's life have been documented in "Garoto - Sinal dos Tempos," a book written by Irati Antonio and Regina Pereira and published by Funarte (Brazilian Cultural Ministry).