BIOGRAPHY

Antônio Poteiro [Antônio Batista de Souza]

1925, Santa Cristina da Posse | Braga - Portugal 

2010, Goiânia | GO - Brazil

Antônio Batista de Souza arrived in Brazil as an infant. He lived in São Paulo, Minas Gerais and among the Carajás Indians on Bananal Island. In 1955, he settled permanently in Goiânia (GO). He worked as a cistern digger, baker, cook and cleaner before starting a pottery business in Araguari with his father, the ceramist Américo de Souza who made pots and other household items. This was why the nickname Poteiro was added to his name. From the development of the skill to make pots came a desire to produce more sculptural forms from clay. Poteiro carved saints, large urns with embossing, animals associated with the sacred, dreams that generate humanity. Rarely has the marriage of an earth art with themes of the creation of the world found an interpreter as extraordinary as Poteiro. “There is a Baroque theatricality in his work”, writes critic Aline Figueiredo. 

 

In fact, a large part of his work follows a religious theme. In 1973, inspired by Siron Franco, Poteiro started painting directly on canvas. He had no previous drawing experience but in a dramatic way began using primary colors with masterful balance. In addition to his religious focus, there is a sense of political criticism in many his works. In one of his “Last Suppers” drawings, for example, the table decoration is made with dollar and pound notes. “In painting”, he declares in a 1977 interview with Frederico de Morais, “I use the same themes as ceramics: God-only, God-scale, a handful of saints, regional themes, horseback riding, cirandas all with a little bit of fantasy out of my head”. His work, although numerous, demonstrates a high level of achievement which places him among the most important artists in the country. Poteiro gained international prominence. He participated twice in the São Paulo International Biennial (1981 and 1991), exhibited in more than twenty countries and received numerous awards in art salons with wide recognition from the critics.

Source: Pequeno Dicionário do Povo Brasileiro, século XX | Lélia Coelho Frota – Aeroplano, 2005

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Individual Exhibitions:


2020 Poteiro - A tribute, Galeria Estação, São Paulo, SP, Brazil


2012 Tribute to Antônio Poteiro, MAG - Art Museum of Goiânia, Goiânia, GO, Brazil


2000 500 Years of Brazil by Antonio, the Brazilian Poteiro, Teatro Nacional Cláudio Santoro, Brasília, DF, Brazil


1997 Antônio Poteiro, Galeria Nara Roesler, São Paulo, SP, Brazil


1996 Antônio Poteiro, Manoel Macedo Art Office, Belo Horizonte, MG, Brazil


1996 33 Years Retrospective: Ceramics and Painting, Jaime Câmara Foundation, Casa Grande Gallery, Goiânia, GO, Brazil


1994 Antônio Poteiro, São Paulo Art Gallery, São Paulo, SP, Brazil


1991 Antônio Poteiro, French Embassy: Galeria Le Corbusier, Brasília, DF, Brazil


1987 Antônio Poteiro, Embassy of Portugal: Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian, Brasília, DF, Brazil


1987 Antônio Poteiro, Casino Art Gallery, Estoril, Portugal


1987 Antônio Poteiro, Varsailles Art Gallery, Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brazil


1986 Antônio Poteiro, Brazilian-American Cultural Institute, Washington, United States


1985 Antônio Poteiro, Bonino Gallery, Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brazil


1985 Antônio Poteiro, Guayasamin Foundation, Guayaquil, Ecuador


1985 Antônio Poteiro, Guayasamin Foundation, Quito, Ecuador


1985 Antônio Poteiro, Guayasamin Foundation, Cuenca, Ecuador


1984 Antônio Poteiro, São Paulo Art Gallery, São Paulo, SP, Brazil


1983 Antônio Poteiro, Bonino Gallery, Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brazil


1982 Antônio Poteiro, Oscar Seraphico Art Gallery, Brasília, DF, Brazil


1981 Antônio Poteiro, Bonino Gallery, Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brazil


 


Collective Exhibitions:


2016 A Certain Look - Celma Albuquerque Collection, Galeria Estação, São Paulo, SP, Brazil


2003 Humanities, Tina Zappoli Gallery, Porto Alegre, RS, Brazil


2003 Treasures of the Caixa: Brazilian modern art in the collection of Caixa, Conjunto Cultural da Caixa, Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brazil


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


2001 Shape-and-Color as Light in the Naïfs, Itaú Cutural Gallery Brasília, DF, Brazil


2001 Shape-and-Color as Light in Naïfs, Itaú Cutural Gallery, Penápolis, SP, Brazil


2000 Brasilidades, Light Centro Cultural, Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brazil


2000 Brazil + 500 Rediscovery Exhibition, Biennial Foundation, São Paulo, SP, Brazil


2000 Brazilian Ceramics: building a language, British Brazilian Center, São Paulo, SP, Brazil


1998 Exhibition of the Caixa Collection, Conjunto Cultural da Caixa, Curitiba, PR, Brazil


1998 16th National Exhibition of Fine Arts, MAM / RJ, Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brazil


1998 Exhibition of the Caixa Collection, at the Caixa Cultural Complex, Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brazil


1997 Exhibition of the Caixa Collection, Caixa Cultural Complex, Porto Alegre, RS, Brazil


1997 Parallel Exhibition, Caixa Economica Federal Museum, Porto Alegre, RS, Brazil


1997 Exhibition of the Caixa Collection, Caixa Cultural Complex, São Paulo, SP, Brazil


1996 Brasilianische Kunst der Gegenwart, Bayer AG - Foyer Hochhaus W1, Leverkusen, Germany


1996 Brasilianische Kunst der Gegenwart, Bayer AG - Feierabendhaus, Dormagen, Germany


1996 Contemporary Brazilian Art, MAM / SP, São Paulo, SP, Brazil


1995 Brasília Collections, Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Itamaraty Palace, Brasília, DF, Brazil


1995 Sons of Abaporu, Art of Brazil, São Paulo, SP, Brazil


1994 Naïf Painting, Universidade Católica Portuguesa, Lisbon, Portugal


1992 A. Poteiro, Lorenzato, Rodelnégio, Manoel Macedo Art Gallery, Belo Horizonte, MG, Brazil


1992 Long live the Brazilian People, MAM / RJ, Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brazil


1991 21st São Paulo International Biennial, Biennial Foundation, São Paulo, SP, Brazil


1990 Painting, Presence and People in Brazilian Art, Museu da Casa Brasileira, São Paulo, SP, Brazil


1989 3rd Havana Biennial, Havana, Cuba


1988 The Fascinating World of Naive Painters, Paço Imperial, Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brazil


1988 Primitive Brazilian Painting Exhibition, The Ginza Art Space, Tokyo, Japan


1987 Brésil, Art Populaire Contemporain, Grand Palais, France, Paris


1987 Brésil-Naïfs, Galeria Bàb Rouah, Rabat, Morocco


1985 16th Panorama of Current Brazilian Art, MAM / SP, São Paulo, SP, Brazil


1984 7th National Exhibition of Plastic Arts, MAM / RJ, Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brazil


1983 80 Years of Brazilian Art, Clóvis Salgado Foundation, Palácio das Artes, Belo Horizonte, MG, Brazil


1983 80 Years of Brazilian Art, MACC, Campinas, SP, Brazil


1983 80 Years of Brazilian Art, MAC / PR, Curitiba, PR, Brazil


1983 14th Panorama of Current Brazilian Art, MAM / SP, São Paulo, SP, Brazil


1982 80 Years of Brazilian Art, MAB / FAAP, São Paulo, SP, Brazil


1981 16th International Biennial of São Paulo, Fundação Bienal, São Paulo, SP, Brazil


1980 4th Biennale Internazionale Naïf, Lombardia, Italy


1980 4th Biennale Internazionale Naïf, Fiera, Italy


1980 4th Biennale Internazionale Naïf, Ente, Italy


1980 Naïf Painting Salon, Cassino Estoril Art Gallery, Estoril, Portugal


1980 Collective, promoted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Brazil, Philippines


1980 Collective, promoted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Brazil, Romania


1980 Collective, promoted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Brazil, Hannover, Germany


1980 Collective, promoted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Brazil, Düsseldorf, Germany


1978 Four Artists from Goiás, Institute of Higher Studies, Mexico City, Mexico


1978 Four Artists from Goiás, Casa de Cultura de Monterrey, Mexico City, Mexico


1978 Four Artists from Goiás, Instituto Ateneu Fuentes de Saltillo, Mexico City, Mexico


1978 Ceramics and Painting, SESC Activity Center, Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brazil


1978 Brazilian Naïf Painters, Naïve Art Gallery, San Francisco, United States


1978 1st Latin American Biennial of São Paulo, Biennial Foundation, São Paulo, SP, Brazil


1976 Brazilian Popular Art / Jacques de Benqué Collection, MAM / RJ, Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brazil


1976 13th National Biennial, Biennial Foundation, São Paulo, SP, Brazil


1976 Ceramics of the SESI Salon, SESI, São Paulo, SP, Brazil


1974 1st Biennale Internazionale Naïf, Como, Italy


1972 Ceramics collective, Salomé Gallery, New Orleans, United States


1968 Ceramics, Museum of Popular Art, Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brazil


1967 Ceramics, Museum of Salvador, Salvador, BA, Brazil


 


Public Collections:


MAM Rio, Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brazil


MAM SP, São Paulo, SP, Brazil


Museu da Casa Brasileira, São Paulo, SP, Brazil


Municipal Museum of Obidor, Obidor, Portugal


 


Selected Publications:


2020 Poteiro - A tribute, Vilma Eid e Ana Avelar, Lis Gráfica, São Paulo, SP, Brazil


2016 A Certain Look exhibition catalog - Celma Albuquerque Collection, São Paulo, SP, Brazil


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


2002 The World of Brazilian Popular Art, Angela Mascelani, Casa do Pontal Museum, Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brazil


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


1996 Fine Arts Brazil 96 - Júlio Louzada


1992 Fine Arts Brasil 92, Júlio Louzada


1990 L'Arbre ET Les NAFS, Jacques Brosse, Ed. Max Fourny, France


1987 Brazil Popular Art Today, MINC, Brazil / France Project, Paris, France


1987 La Cité et les Naifs, Gilles Mermet, Msée D "Art NAIF de L" Ile de France, Paris, France


1986 From the Collection - The Paths of Brazilian Art, Frederico de Moraes, Ed. Júlio Bogoricin Imóveis, Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brazil


1985 Artists of Brazilian Ceramics, Jacob Klintowitz, Ed. Raízes, São Paulo, SP, Brazil


1985 The Midwest, Alain Draeger, with text by Bernardo Elis and Aline Figueredo, Banco Francês e Brasileiro S.A., Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brazil


1984 Study on Antônio Poteiro, Ilka Canabrava, Fundação Getúlio Vargas - FGV, Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brazil


1983 General History of Art in Brazil, Walter Zanini, Ed. Walter Moreira Sales Institute, São Paulo, SP, Brazil


1982 Ceramic Art in Brazil, Mary Di Yori, I Ibero-American Congress on Ceramics, Glass and Refractories, Malaga, Spain


1980 Ceramic Art in Brazil, Pietro Maria Bardi, Ed.Banco Sudameris Brasil S.A., São Paulo, SP, Brazil


1979 Fine Arts in the Midwest, Aline Figueredo, Ed. Museum of Art and Popular Culture, UFMT, Cuiabá, MT, Brazil


1978 Aspects of Brazilian Primitive Painting, Flávio de Àquino, Scala Editora, São Paulo, SP, Brazil


1972 Regional division for the state and defense of folklore in the state of Goiás, Federal University of Goiás, Goiânia, GO, Brazil

EXHIBITIONS

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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 2012

10.05.2012 - 13.05.2012
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são paulo

Poteiro - A tribute

30.06.2020 - 30.08.2020
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são paulo

A Certain Look - Celma Albuquerque Collection

30.08.2016 - 15.10.2016

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