BIOGRAPHY

Agnaldo [Agnaldo Manoel dos Santos]

1926, Ilha de Itaparica | BA - Brazil

1962, Salvador | BA - Brazil

Agnaldo was a descendent of Indians and Africans and started to work when He was ten years old. After a variety of employments, including a miner in a lime pit, in 1947 he worked as a wachtman in the Salvador city studio for the sculptor, engraver and draughtsman Mario Cravo Junior. Agnaldo was encouraged by this artist to begin sculpting in 1953. He traveled with Franco Terranova along São Francisco river, and this trip resulted in his recovering numerous old carranca (figureheads of riverboats). There he met the best 20th century carver of carrancas, master Francisco Biquiba Dy Lafuente Guarany, who, he said, taught him new ways of viewing the creative process.

His wood pieces were displayed in major collective and individual exhibitions, such as the 1957 São Paulo Biennial. Four years after his death, he was awarded the international prize for the sculpture Rei at the 1st World Festival OF Black Art and Culture, in Dakar, Senegal, in 1966. His work was studied by Clarival do Prado Valladares, who saw in it “the eternal expression his cultural ancestry”.  Agnaldo’s work, focusing the representation of the African super-natural and cross-cultural imagination, mainly from Catholicism, emerged with absolute authenticity from his individual historic experience and knowledge of the great African arts, and it is one of the most original expressions of the 20th century Brazilian sculpture. His work is to be seen in the Museu Nacional de Belas Artes, RJ, and major private collections.

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

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Collective Exhibitions:


2018 Exposición Lina Bo Bardi Tupí or not tupí?, Fundación Juan March, , Madrid, Spain


2018 Afro-Atlantic History, MASP, São Paulo, SP, Brazil


2016-2017 The Hand of the Brazilian People, 1969/2016, Assis Chateaubriand Art Museum of São Paulo, MASP, São Paulo, SP, Brazil


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


2012 Samba Session: Afro-Brasilian Art and Film, ArthurRoss Gallery, Philadelphia, PA, USA


2010 Elos da Lusofonia, National Historical Museum, Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brazil


2010 Elos da Lusofonia, Museu Afro Brasil, São Paulo, SP, Brazil


2010 "AFRO MODERNISM - JOURNEYS THROUGH THE BLACK ATLANTIC", TATE Liverpool, England


2009 Occupying the Space, Museum of Brazilian Art | MAB - FAAP, São Paulo, SP, Brazil


2007 Encuentro entre dos Mares- São Paulo Biennial- Valencia, Convento del Carmo, Valencia, Spain


2007 Of the Size of Brazil, SESC Paulista, São Paulo, SP, Brazil


2006 SOMOS - the popular Brazilian creation, Santander Cultural Center, Porto Alegre, RS, Brazil


2006 - 2010 The Nemirovsky Foundation Collection: The Collector's Look, Estação Pinacoteca, São Paulo, SP, Brazil


2006 Live the Living Culture of the Brazilian People, AfroBrasil Museum, São Paulo, SP, Brazil


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


2005 Never to Forget. Black Memories, Memories of Blacks, Oscar Niemeyer Museum (MON), Curitiba, PR, Brazil


2004 Form, Color and Expression, Galeria Estação, São Paulo, SP, Brazil


2004 The Century of a Brazilian Man: Roberto Marinho Collection, Paço Imperial, Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brazil


2002 Brazil Body and Soul, Guggenheim Museum, NY, USA


2002 Wild Mirror: Modern Art in Brazil in the first half of the 20th century / Nemirovsky Collection, MAM, São Paulo, SP, Brazil


2002 Pop Brasil: Folk Art and the folk in the Art, Banco do Brasil Cultural Center, São Paulo, SP, Brazil


2002 Brazilian Art in the Fadel Collection: from the restlessness of the modern to the autonomy of language, Banco do Brasil Cultural Center, Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brazil


2002 Brazilian Art in the Fadel Collection: from the restlessness of the modern to the autonomy of language, Banco do Brasil Cultural Center, São Paulo, SP, Brazil


2000 Brasil + 500 Rediscovery Exhibition Biennial Pavilion, São Paulo, SP, Brazil


1999 The Female Figure in the MAB Collection, Museum of Brazilian Art (MAB-FAAP), São Paulo, SP, Brazil


1995 The Heirs of the Night: fragments of the black imaginary, Pinacoteca of the State of São Paulo, São Paulo, SP, Brazil


1995 The Heirs of the Night: fragments of the black imaginary, Belo Horizonte Cultural Center, Belo Horizonte, MG, Brazil


1994 Afro-Brazilian Art and Religiosity, Frankfurt, Hessen, Germany


1992 Voices of the Diaspora, Pinacoteca of the State of São Paulo, São Paulo, SP, Brazil


1984 Tradition and Rupture, synthesis of Brazilian art and culture, Biennial Pavillion, São Paulo, SP, Brazil


1974 Brazilians and their universe, Funart, Brasília, DF, Brazil


1966 National Biennial of Fine Arts, Our Lady of Carmo Convent, Salvador, BA, Brazil


1957 Artists from Bahia, Museum of Modern Art of São Paulo (MAM / SP), São Paulo, SP, Brazil


 


Public Collections: 


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


AfroBrasil Museum, São Paulo, SP, Brazil


Nemirovsky Foundation, São Paulo, SP, Brazil


University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, USA


 


Selected Publications:


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


2018 Afro-Atlantic Stories (vol. 1), Assis Chateaubriand Art Museum of São Paulo, MASP, São Paulo, SP, Brazil


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


2012 Samba Session: Afro-Brasilian Art and Film, Arthur Ross Gallery and University of Pennsylvania, USA


2007 Live the Living Culture of the Brazilian People, AfroBrasil Museum, São Paulo, SP, Brazil


2002 Pop Brasil: Folk Art and the folk in the Art, Banco do Brasil Cultural Center, São Paulo, SP, Brazil


2000 Brasil + 500 Rediscovery Exhibition | Popular Art, Takano Publisher, Brazil


1995 The Heirs of the Night: fragments of the black imaginary: 300 years of Zumbi, Ministry of Culture, Pinacoteca of the State of São Paulo, São Paulo, SP, Brazil


1988 The Afro-Brazilian Hand | Meaning of Artistic and Historical Contribution, AfroBrasil Museum, São Paulo, SP, Brazil


1988 Agnaldo dos Santos: sculptures. Development Arts Center, Salvador, BA, Brazil


1984 Tradition and Rupture, synthesis of Brazilian art and culture, São Pauli Biennial Foundation, São Paulo, SP, Brazil


1983 Agnaldo Manoel dos Santos: origin and revelation of a primitive sculptor, Afro-Asia, Salvador, BA, Brazil


1974 7 Brazilians and their universe | arts crafts origins permanencies, national government publication, Brasília, DF, Brazil


 


 


 

EXHIBITIONS

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SP Arte 2009

14.05.2009 - 17.05.2009
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são paulo

Janete Costa: A Glance

16.12.2012 - 31.03.2013
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SP Arte 2010

29.04.2010 - 02.05.2010