"Through my painting I want to awaken love and respect for nature in others. This awareness is urgent…."
"I am a self-taught painter, impassioned by nature and primitive art. For many years I painted only as hobby while I worked in the art department of the Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics. I developed my own modern style to represent tropical themes such as Brazilian birds and other animals of the Atlantic forest.
"Through my painting I want to awaken love and respect for nature in others. This awareness is urgent - we cannot wait any longer to recover the planet if the aggressions against the environment continue at their current pace.
"My predilection for birds is an old one. I grew up in houses with ample wooded yards that were always visited by the most varied and colorful birds. Over the years, the city of Rio de Janeiro has suffered a reduction in the number and the variety of its birds, but it is still possible to be surprised by the sudden flight of toucans and maritacas in such green oases as the Botanical Garden and the Forest of Tijuca National Park.
"Through Novica I believe it is possible to reach a great number of people and sensitize them through my paintings."
With a smug smile, a fat calico cat glances at the butterfly that poses on her tail. Transmitting feline joy in a charming naïf portrait, Noi shares his love for animals. "Animals tell me with their eyes when they are happy," he says.
Dressed in saffron robes, two Buddhist monks meditate in the shade of a bo tree. The air around them is cool and green as their spirits seek the perfect peace that comes from enlightenment. Oraphat works in acrylic on canvas to create the inspiring....read more
Under a turquoise sky, a Buddhist monk in saffron robes meditates with pink lotuses by his side. In Buddhism, the lotus is associated with purity, spiritual awakening and faithfulness. Thai artist Oraphat captures the serenity of the moment with this....read more
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