BIOGRAPHY

Conceição dos Bugres [Conceição Freitas da Silva]

1914, Povinho de Santiago | RS - Brasil

1984, Campo Grande | MS - Brasil

Conceição Freitas da Silva was Born in Rio Grande do Sul, and in 1957 moved to Campo Grande, Mato Grosso do Sul State, where she spent the rest of her life. Her sober synthetic art spread from there to be known in the large cultural centers of the country. Working on the land, married to artist Abilio Antunes, mother of two children, semi-literate, even the heavy daily chores – cutting logs, planting, cooking – did not prevent her from creating one of the strongest portraits of Brazilian popular sculpture: bugres, or roughly hewn figures.

She carved the first from a manioc stump then moved on to wood. A dream revealed to her the yellow wax technique, which she would use to add the finishing touches to her figures. Considered by critic Aline Figueiredo (1979) to be one of the top sculptors in Mato Grosso, her work with brutalist symbols shows a constant study of shape, as if the brute were the icon of the constant quest of her and our own identity.

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

CV

Collective Exhibitions:


2012 - 2013 Janet Costa "Looking " , Janet Costa Museum , Niteroi, RJ, Brazil


2010 Pavilion of Brazilian Cultures - Pure mixtures , Brazilian Culture Pavilion - Gate 10 - Pq. Ibirapuera , São Paulo, SP, Brazil


2007 Encuentro entre dos Mares- Bienal de São Paulo- Valencia, Convento del Carmen, Valencia, Spain


2007 The size of Brazil : Exhibition of Popular Arts SESC Paulista , São Paulo, SP, Brazil


2006 SOMOS - Brazil's popular creation, Santander Cultural Center , Porto Alegre, RS, Brazil


2005 Shape and Color Expression - Station Gallery , São Paulo, SP, Brazil


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


2000 Shows Rediscovery - Brazil 500 years | Popular Arts Takano Publisher , São Paulo, SP, Brazil




Public Collections: 


Afro Brazil Museum , São Paulo, SP, Brazil


 


Selected Publications:


2018 Arte popular brasileira: olhares contemporâneos, WMF Martins Fontes, São Paulo, SP, Brazil


2012 A Look Janet Costa , Janet Costa Museum , Niteroi, RJ, Brazil


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


2005 Little Dictionary of the Brazilian People’s Art – 20th Century: the twentieth century , Publisher Airship , Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brazil


2005 Pop Brazil : Folk Art and Folk Art in 2002, Centro Cultural Banco do Brazil , São Paulo, SP, Brazil


2000 Shows Rediscovery - Brazil 500 years | Popular Arts Takano Publisher , São Paulo, SP, Brazil


1992 Live the Brazilian Ethnicity : crafts and folk art , Publisher New Frontiers , Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brazil

EXHIBITIONS

encerrado
são paulo

SP Arte 2019

03.04.2019 - 07.04.2019
encerrado
são paulo

Conceição dos Bugres

03.08.2017 - 07.10.2017
encerrado

SP Arte 2013

04.04.2013 - 07.04.2013
encerrado
são paulo

Women in Folk Art

09.03.2020 - 09.05.2020
encerrado

SP Arte 2015

09.04.2015 - 12.04.2015
encerrado

11.04.2018 - 15.04.2018
encerrado
são paulo

Janete Costa: A Glance

16.12.2012 - 31.03.2013

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