BIOGRAPHY

Nino [João Cosmo Felix]

1920, Juazeiro do Norte | CE - Brasil 

2002, Juazeiro do Norte | CE - Brasil

He cut sugar cane and worked as a blacksmith before dedicating himself to wood carving. He started his art making toys. He was illiterate, and lived in Juazeiro do Norte (CE) with his wife, Perpétua Cecília da Conceição, until his death. His work is part of important public and private collections in Brazil and abroad. In 1974 he made wooden animals astonishingly painted in brown, and tinges in black and white; the largest ones did not generally exceed 70 cm. The tails, made of “imburana de cambão” or “timbaúba” wood were added to the sculpted animals. In the 1980s, Nino made a great leap towards a larger sculpture, which exceeded 1m height.

In the wooden mono-block, Nino started to integrate a new invention of color to the master form. Birds, elephants, oxen, monkeys, ritual scenes such as weddings and kings are sculpted in high relief or cut out at the top of the original block. They received a painting in which certain colors, like roses, blues, reds, greens, and yellows were tempered and governed by Nino. They constitute an extraordinary gallery of stelae from the sertão. There, the strength of the symbolic is equivalent to the mastery of the eye and hand, the grove of dreams where nature and culture make up a unique encounter, equal to the best contemporary creation of the 20th century. He has already exhibited individually in Rio de Janeiro. His works featured prominently in the international exhibition "Brésil, Arts Populaires" (Grand Palais, Paris, 1987), as well as the "Mostra do Redescobrimento" ( São Paulo Biennial, 2000). His works are featured in major museums of folk art in the country.

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

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Solo Exhibitions:


2016 Nino, Galeria Estação, São Paulo, SP, Brazil


2001 Nino, the essential in its raw state, Pinacoteca of the State of São Paulo, São Paulo, SP, Brazil


 


Group Exhibitions:


2019 Exposiciòn Lina Bo Bardi Tupí or not tupí ?, Fundación Juan March, Madrid, Spain


2014 Almost figure, almost form, Galeria Estação, São Paulo, SP, Brazil


2012 Histoires de Voir - Show and Tell, Fondation Cartier pour l'art contemporain, Paris, France


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


2012 4 Spontaneous Artists, Afro Brasil Museum, São Paulo, SP, Brazil


2011 Brazil in Popular Art - Casa do Pontal Museum collection, Brasília, DF, Brazil


2008-2009 The Imaginary of the Brazilian People Exhibition, Antiquarius Restaurant, São Paulo, SP, Brazil


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


2006-2007 Viva Cultura Viva do Povo Brasileiro, Afro Brazil Museum, São Paulo, SP, Brazil


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


2006 Imaginary Brazil, Galeria Estação, São Paulo, SP, Brazil


2004-2005 Form, Color and Expression: a collection of Brazilian art, Galeria Estação, São Paulo, SP, Brazil


2004 Naifs from Brazil Biennial, SESC, São Paulo, SP, Brazil


2002 Pop Brasil: popular and folk art in art, Banco do Brasil Cultural Center, CCBB, São Paulo, SP, Brazil


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


1998 Jangrada, Ceará Historical Museum, Fortaleza, CE, Brazil


1995-1996 The heirs of the night: fragments of the black imaginary, Belo Horizonte Cultural Center, Belo Horizonte, MG, Brazil


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


1994 The heirs of the night: fragments of the imaginary, Espaço Cultural SOS Sul, Curitiba, PR, Brazil


1992 Brasilien: Entdeckung und Selbstentdeckung, Kunsthaus Zürich, Zürich, Switzerland


1992 Long live the Brazilian people | Crafts and folk art, Museum of Modern Art of Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brazil


 


Public Collections:


Fondation Cartier pour l'art contemporain, Paris, France


 


Selected Publications:


2018 Brazilian Popular Art: contemporary views, Vilma Eid and Germana Monte-Mór, WMF Martins Fontes Publisher, São Paulo, SP, Brazil


2016 NINO, Vilma Eid and André Parente, Lis Gráfica, São Paulo, SP, Brazil


2014 Almost figure, almost form, Vilma Eid, Socorro de Andrade Lima and Lorenzo Mammì, Lis Gráfica, São Paulo, SP, Brazil


2012 Histoires de Voir - show and tell, Fondation Cartier pour l'art contemporain, Editoriale Bortolazzi-Stei, Paris, France


2012 Janete Costa “Um Olhar”, Mario Santos Lis Gráfica, São Paulo, SP, Brazil


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


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


2004 Naifs from Brazil Biennial, SESC SP, São Paulo, SP, Brazil


2001 Nino | the essentials in a raw state, Emanoel Araujo, Pinacoteca de São Paulo, São Paulo, SP, Brazil


1995 The heirs of the night, Belo Horizonte Cultural Center, Belo Horizonte, MG, Brazil


1992 Viva o Povo Brasileiro Catalog | Crafts and folk art, Museum of Modern Art of Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brazil

EXHIBITIONS

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SP Arte 2017

05.04.2017 - 09.04.2017
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SP Arte 2015

09.04.2015 - 12.04.2015
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11.04.2018 - 15.04.2018
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são paulo

Nino

15.03.2016 - 30.04.2016
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Histoires de Voir – Show and Tell | 2012

15.05.2012 - 21.10.2012
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são paulo

Janete Costa: A Glance

16.12.2012 - 31.03.2013
encerrado
são paulo

Almost a figure, almost a shape

21.08.2014 - 10.10.2014
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ArtRio 2018

27.09.2018 - 30.09.2018
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rio de janeiro

ArtRio 2016

29.09.2016 - 02.10.2016