On a Brazilian Art sketchJan 11th 2014
The Indians of Brazil produced several forms of art but little was preserved as Portuguese colonization left them with little to hold on to personal and artistic possessions. In the early 16th century Brazilian art was largely influenced by the Portuguese, Dutch, French, Spanish, and the Roman Catholic Church who invaded the country and established their supremacy over the land.
The Africans, specifically the Yoruba’s from Nigeria who were brought to work in the plantations practiced Candomble religion and slowly began to assert their art in Brazilian culture.
The African-descended people living in Brazil, is a seldom exhibited and little studied area of Latin American art. Formerly home to the largest concentration of African slaves in the Americas and the longest lasting slave system in the Western Hemisphere, it has a rich artistic tradition. If there is one artists that had the opportunity to capture our African traditions you will see in the works of Héctor Julio Páride Bernabó or Carybé (1911-1997). He was drawn to different aspects of Afro-Brazilian life from working in the fields to the Candomble rituals.
Carybé produced five thousand pieces of work, including paintings, drawings, sculpting, engraving, sketching, and he was also a muralist. He illustrated books by Jorge Amado and was in simply in love with the Afro-Brazilian culture, the orixas, and Bahia.
Tropicália, a Brazilian art movement that rose in the 1960’s had major influence in the world and political movement at the time. Troplicalismo encompassed more the art form of poetry, theatre and music, African influences and rock and roll. The Musicians who were part of the movement include Caetano Veloso, Gilberto Gil, Os Mutantes, Gal Costa, Tom Zé.Artists have exhibited at the Chicago Cultural Center, the Museum of Contemporary Art of Chicago, Wicker Park Galleries and other galleries around town. Please check our calendar of events for any showings or email us with your contact information to your showing.