AGOSTINHO BATISTA DE FREITAS

BIOGRAPHY

Agostinho Batista de Freitas

1927, Campinas | SP - Brazil

1997, São Paulo | SP - Brazil

When he was 17 years old he moved to the city of São Paulo, and settled down in Imirim. His parents were Portuguese immigrants from the Madeira Island, rural workers in the interior of the State. As a child, Agostinho cleared the farmland and took care of livestock. His first drawings were sketched on the ground and on trees. He learned to read and write in São Paulo, where he had several occupations: stonemason’s assistant, packer, and electrician. He was discovered by Pietro Maria Bardi, who saw him selling his work on Sundays in the Post Office plaza, and organized his first exhibition in the São Paulo Art Museum (MASP) in 1952. He painted São Paulo’s urban landscape: “The city is like that, with these skyscrapers, buildings, seems that we’re in the middle of a rock, looks like a mystery, a cemetery” (interview by Lélia Coelho Frota, 1976). Agostinho also painted the countryside, but preferred the city to the countryside: “Neons here, signs there, there’s so much to study in the mind, isn’t there? But not in the countryside, where you only see woods, the only thing to think about is planting.” The city, on the other hand, is a place with gravestone architecture and movement, seems hyper-realistic. And the countryside, in his word, is “a state of imagination”, perhaps due to idealizing distance and nostalgia for the past. Between these images of town and country, adding some scenes of a Catholic mass and only a few still lifes, Agostinho gave unique form to his creator’s talent, taking part into numerous exhibitions at home and abroad, such as, for example, the Venice Biennial (1966), Brazilian Primitives, in the United States (1975), and Arte Naïf: Cinco Artistas, in São Paulo State (1998).

Source: Little Dictionary of the Brazilian People’s Art – 20th Century, by anthropologist and poet Lélia Coelho Frota

 

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Individual Exhibitions:


2016 Agostinho Batista de Freitas, MASP, São Paulo, SP, Brazil


2008 Right to Poetry, Galeria Estação, São Paulo, SP, Brazil


1978 Agostinho Batista de Freitas: paintings, Shopping News Arts Center, São Paulo, SP, Brazil


1952 Agostinho Batista de Freitas, MAM / SP, São Paulo, SP, Brazil


1952 Agostinho Batista de Freitas, MAM / BA, Salvador, BA, Brazil


1952 Agostinho Batista de Freitas, MACC, Campinas, SP, Brazil


 


Collective Exhibitions:


2017 Avenida Paulista, MASP, São Paulo, SP, Brazil


2016-2017 The Hand of the Brazilian People, MASP, São Paulo, SP, Brazil


2016 Childhood stories, MASP, São Paulo, SP, Brazil


2016 Acervo em Transformação, MASP, São Paulo, SP, Brazil


2015 Art of Brazil in the 20th century, MASP, São Paulo, SP, Brazil


2014 New MAM Acquisitions, Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brazil


2009 Casa Brasil Fair, Bento Gonçalves Event Park, Bento Gonçalves, RS, Brazil


2003 The Art Behind the Art: where art works are and how they travel, MAM, São Paulo, SP, Brazil


2002 Pop Brasil: popular art and the popular in art, CCBB, São Paulo, SP, Brazil


2002 Santa Ingenuidade, Unifieo, São Paulo, SP, Brazil


2002 6th Naifs of Brasil Biennial, Sesc, Piracicaba, SP, Brazil


2001 Forma-e-Cor como Luz nos Naïfs, Itaú Cultural Gallery, Penápolis, SP, Brazil


2001 Forma-e-Cor como Luz nos Naïfs, Itaú Cultural Gallery, Brasília, DF, Brazil


2000 Brazil + 500 Rediscovery Exhibition. Popular Art, Bienal Foundation, São Paulo, SP, Brazil


1998 Paulistana Iconography in Private Collections, Museu da Casa Brasileira, São Paulo, SP, Brazil


1998 Naïve Art - 5 Artists, Jacques Ardies Gallery, São Paulo, SP, Brazil


1996 The World of Mário Schenberg, Casa das Rosas, São Paulo, SP, Brazil


1996 3rd Art Exhibition, Centro Universitário Fieo, Osasco, SP, Brazil


1996 Expo FIEO: donation from Luiz Ernesto Kawall, Centro Universitário Fieo, Osasco, SP, Brazil


1995 2nd Art Exhibition, Centro Universitário Fieo, Osasco, SP, Brazil


1994 Great Exhibition of Brazilian Naïve Art, Jacques Ardies Gallery, São Paulo, SP, Brazil


1990 Reopening Exhibition, Pinacoteca do Estado, São Paulo, SP, Brazil


1988 Brasiliana: man and land, Pinacoteca do Estado, São Paulo, SP, Brazil


1985 6th Northeastern Fine Arts Salon, Penápolis Educational Foundation: Faculdade de Filosofia, Ciências e Letras, Penápolis, SP, Brazil


1985 Agostinho Batista de Freitas, José Duarte de Aguiar and Ricardo Camargo Studio, São Paulo, SP, Brazil


1984 Festival of colors, Art Museum of Goiânia, Goiânia, GO, Brazil


1980 Pintores Populares y 3 Grabadores de Brasil, National Institute of Fine Arts, Mexico City, Mexico


1979 Art in Brazil: a history of five centuries, Masp, São Paulo, SP, Brazil


1975 Brazilian Primitives, Itinerant, United States


1966 33rd Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy


1966 The Artist and the Machine, MAM - RJ, Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brazil


 


Public Collections:


MASP - Assis Chateaubriand Art Museum of São Paulo,São Paulo, SP, Brazil


Pinacoteca of the State of São Paulo, São Paulo, SP, Brazil


MAM São Paulo, São Paulo, SP, Brazil


MAM Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brazil


 


Selected Publications:


2016-2017 The Hand of the Brazilian People, MASP, São Paulo, SP, Brazil


2016 Agostinho Batista de Freitas, MASP, São Paulo | SP 2016 Childhood stories, MASP, São Paulo, SP, Brazil


2015 Concrete and Crystal: MASP's collection on Lina Bo Bardi's easels, MASP, São Paulo, SP, Brazil


2008 Right to Poetry, Catalog, Galeria Estação, São Paulo, SP, Brazil


2005 Small Dictionary of the Art of the Brazilian People - 20th century, Lélia Coelho Frota, São Paulo, SP, Brazil


2000 Brazil + 500 Rediscovery Exhibition: Popular Art, Catalog, Biennial Foundation, São Paulo, SP, Brazil


1998 Naïve Art in Brazil, Jacques Ardies, São Paulo, SP, Brazil


1988 Thinking about Art, Mario Schenberg, São Paulo, SP, Brazil


1988 Critical Dictionary of Painting in Brazil, Jose Roberto Leite, Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brazil


1983 Collection of Brazilian Art, João Marino, São Paulo, SP, Brazil


1978 Aspects of Brazilian Primitive Painting, Aquino de Flavio, Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brazil


1977 L’arche de Noe et Les Naifs, Louis Pauwels, Paris, France


1976-1980 Brazilian Dictionary of Fine Artists, Carlos Cavalcanti, Brasília, DF, Brazil


1975 History of Brazilian Art, Pietro Maria Bardi, São Paulo, SP, Brazil


1969 Dictionary of Fine Arts in Brazil, Roberto Pontual, Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brazil

EXHIBITIONS

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são paulo

Agostinho Batista de Freitas | Right to Poetry

01.10.2008 - 01.11.2008
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SP-Arte 2014

02.03.2014 - 06.03.2014
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SP Arte 2013

04.04.2013 - 07.04.2013
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SP Arte 2017

05.04.2017 - 09.04.2017
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SP-Arte 2016

06.04.2016 - 10.04.2016
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07.11.2013 - 10.11.2013
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SP Arte 2015

09.04.2015 - 12.04.2015
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SP-ARTE 2012

10.05.2012 - 13.05.2012
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SP Arte 2009

14.05.2009 - 17.05.2009
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2010 Art Exhibition

17.08.2010 - 22.08.2010
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ArtRio 2018

27.09.2018 - 30.09.2018
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SP Arte 2010

29.04.2010 - 02.05.2010