BIOGRAPHY

Artur Pereira

1920, Cachoeira do Brumado | MG - Brazil

2003, Mariana | MG - Brazil

He began working very early in his life to help support his large family (father, mother and seven siblings). He was a land worker, charcoal dealer, stonemason and carpenter, before discovering his talent for sculpture. When a lad he modeled little clay animal for the Nativity Scene and dried them in the sun. He took a much bogger step from the little clay figures to the larger single image, carved in wood, because of the different kind of materials. The characteristics of smoothing and handling clay modeling perhaps gave his figures the rounded appearance of polished smoothness. He continued sculpting single pieces, often painted, until he moved on to groups in 1968. The figures were now carved by the artist directly from blocks of cedar. Animals, men e birds are never treated separately, so that they later fit into the piece, but created one by one from the solid material.

Artur Pereira’s sculptures cover three kinds of elements: those referring to the Catholic liturgy, consisting basically of the Nativity; those concerning rural activities, such as hunting, horsemen, herds of cattle; those representing wild life, such as land (leopard, ox, sheep, dog, lion, snake), aquatic (fish) and winged (birds resting, flying or pecking at fruit) animals. There are very few plants. We only encounter, even as a very stylized plant element, a forest, a magnificent hollowed cylinder, where the main elements are leopards. Often in his creations is the prevailing presence of the leopard, very often placed in hollows under Nativity scenes, emerging from symbolic forests or even looming large at the bottom of large carved tables, on whose top are spread a large herd of feline ambiguity, with its cowboy on horseback. He participated in all major Brazilian popular art exhibitions held abroad, such as Brésil – Arts Populaires ( Paris, 1978) and the Rediscovery Exhibition ( São Paulo Biennial Foundation, 2000). 

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

CV

Individual Exhibitions:


2009 Artur Pereira, Moreira Salles Institute, Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brazil


2010 Artur Pereira, Moreira Salles Institute, Poços de Caldas, MG, Brazil


2010 Artur Pereira, Instituto Moreira Salles, São Paulo, SP, Brazil


2010 Artur Pereira, Instituto Moreira Salles, Belo Horizonte, MG, Brazil


 


Collective Exhibitions:


2016 A certain look - Celma Albuquerque Collection, Galeria Estação, São Paulo, SP, Brazil


2012 - 2013 Janete Costa “Um Olhar”, Janete Costa Museum of Popular Art, Niterói, RJ, Brazil


2012 Escultores Mineiros, City Hall - Eduardo Gomes Cultural Space, Itapeva, SP, Brazil


2011 Escultores Mineiros, Museu Paulo Setubal, Tatuí, SP, Brazil


2011 Escultores Mineiros, Galeria Estação, São Paulo, SP, Brazil


2010 Puras Misturas, Pavilion of Brazilian Cultures, São Paulo, SP, Brazil


2009 Occupying the Space, Museu de Arte Brasileira (FAAP), São Paulo, SP, Brazil


2008 - 2009 Imaginário do Povo Brasileiro Exhibition, Antiquarius Restaurant, São Paulo, SP, Brazil


2007 The size of Brazil - Popular Art Exhibition, SESC Paulista, São Paulo, SP, Brazil


2007 Between two seas: São Paulo-Valencia Biennial, Convento del Carmo, Valencia, Spain


2006 Viva Cultura Viva do Povo Brasileiro, Afro Museum, São Paulo, SP, Brazil


2006 SOMOS - The Popular Brazilian Creation, Santander Cultural Center, Porto Alegre, RS, Brazil


2005 Form, Color and Expression, Galeria Estação, São Paulo, SP, Brazil


2005 Year of Brazil in France, Carreau du Temple, Marais district, Paris, France


2001 Popular Expression, Centro Cultural Light, Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brazil


1995 The heirs of the night: fragments of the black imaginary, Belo Horizonte Cultural Center, Belo Horizonte, MG, Brazil


1995 - 1994 The heirs of the night: fragments of the black imaginary, Pinacoteca of the state of São Paulo, SP, Brazil


1994 The heirs of the night: fragments of the imaginary, Espaço Cultural SOS Sul, Brasília, DF, Brazil


1990 Noah's Ark, Gesto Gráfico Galeria de Arte Belo Horizonte, MG, Brazil


1987 Brésil, Arts Populaires, Grand Palais, Paris, France


 


Public Collections:


Edison Carneiro Folklore Museum, Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brazil


São Francisco Cultural Center, João Pessoa, PB, Brazil


Casa do Pontal Museum, Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brazil


 


Selected Publications:


2018 Brazilian popular art: contemporary views, Editora WMF Martins Fontes, São Paulo, SP, Brazil


2012 Janete Costa “Um Olhar”, Janete Costa Museum of Popular Art, Niterói, RJ, Brazil


2012 Escultores Mineiros, Catalog, Galeria Estação, São Paulo, SP, Brazil


2010 Pavilion of Brazilian Cultures: Puras Misturas, Catalog, São Paulo, SP, Brazil


2009 Artur Pereira - Sculptures, Moreira Salles Institute, São Paulo, SP, Brazil


2007 Meeting Between Two Seas: São Paulo-Valencia Biennial, Catalog, Valencia, Spain


2007 The size of Brazil - Popular art show, SESC Paulista, São Paulo, SP, Brazil


2007 Viva a Cultura Viva do Povo Brasileiro, AfroBrasil Museum, São Paulo, SP, Brazil


2005 Espaço Brasil: Catalog, Carreau du Temple, Marais district - Paris, France


2005 Pequeno Dicionário da Arte do Povo Brasileiro - 20th century, Lélia Coelho Frota, São Paulo, SP, Brazil


2002 POP Brazil | A Arte popular e o popular na Arte, Banco do Brasil Cultural Center, São Paulo, SP, Brazil


2000 Rediscovery Exhibition - Brazil 500 years | Popular Art, Takano Editora, Brazil


1995 The heirs of the night: fragments of the black imagination: 300 years of Zumbi, Ministry of Culture, Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo, São Paulo, SP, Brazil


1988 The Afro-Brazilian hand: Meaning of Artistic and Historical Contribution, Emílio Odebrecht Foundation, São Paulo, SP, Brazil

EXHIBITIONS

encerrado

SP-Arte 2014

02.03.2014 - 06.03.2014
encerrado

SP Arte 2013

04.04.2013 - 07.04.2013
encerrado

SP Arte 2017

05.04.2017 - 09.04.2017
encerrado

SP-Arte 2016

06.04.2016 - 10.04.2016
encerrado

07.11.2013 - 10.11.2013
encerrado

SP Arte 2015

09.04.2015 - 12.04.2015
encerrado

SP-ARTE 2012

10.05.2012 - 13.05.2012
encerrado

11.04.2018 - 15.04.2018
encerrado

SP Arte 2009

14.05.2009 - 17.05.2009
encerrado

2011 Art Exhibition

16.08.2011 - 21.08.2011
encerrado
são paulo

Janete Costa: A Glance

16.12.2012 - 31.03.2013
encerrado

2010 Art Exhibition

17.08.2010 - 22.08.2010
encerrado
são paulo

Minas Gerais Sculptors

26.07.2011 - 01.10.2011
encerrado
são paulo

A Certain Look - Celma Albuquerque Collection

30.08.2016 - 15.10.2016