"I was recreating everything from my childhood universe without realizing it in a new and free form, without worrying about norms and rules."
"When I became interested in art I started with the figurative. Later I chose an abstract path using collages and researching materials. For 17 years I dedicated myself to experimentation with paper. I used diverse techniques, such as engraving, the creation of artisanal paper, watercolors, gouache, and oils, among others. In 1995 I started painting on canvas once again, applying all of the knowledge I acquired through learning techniques on paper.
"From that moment on I felt the desire to once again do works with figurative themes. I was recreating everything from my childhood universe without realizing it in a new and free form, without worrying about norms and rules. My themes reminded me of the fantasies of youth, the games, the neighborhood that fascinated me, the little boats, and the people. My childhood universe reemerged from ashes right before my surprised eyes.
"The search for materials and collages was utilized and applied in this style of naïf painting, creating a rather particular expression. I use various techniques and supports in my painting. My work is always experimental and I am always seeking new materials, principally for abstract themes."
Iraceia has exhibited throughout Brazil as well as in Spain and United States.
Crescents play about a woman's face, caressing her cheeks and forming her features. She closes her eyes, while ruby lips bring vibrant color to an abstract portrait. "I always depict women with their eyes closed," Jacira Baptista says of this elegant....read more
Filing through the streets of a town or city, the devout participate in a religious procession. Some carry images of saints and of Jesus, while others simply walk together in solidarity. Prayer and song emanate from this handsome abstract by Iraceia....read more
Books, a bottle and a brass goblet appear amid warm abstract forms. Exploring her memories of Spain, Odacy Montenegro creates a friendly ambience that welcomes the viewer into a moment of leisure. Vivid crimson implies a vital connection.
With arms lifted to embrace the other, abstract figures face in opposite directions. The circles and petals appear in mirror images as Vera Lemos juxtaposes forms and colors. Warm and playful, the abstract is tranquil, yet thought-provoking.
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