BIOGRAPHY

Noemisa [ Noemisa Batista dos Santos ]

1947, Caraí | MG - Brasil

When she was very small she learned how to model clay with her mother Joana, pot maker, who in turn introduced to Córrego Santo Antônio , Caraí, the woman water jug with three balls, that is , water jugs with a lid in the form of a woman’s head and three-foot base, with rounded ends. The water jug “with three balls for feet”, also called botija, already existed in the region for at least 200 years, but without human attributes. Unlike her mother and grandmother, Noemisa began the art of clay by modeling figures established by their mother and by Noemisa. The family, therefore, adopts its own immediately recognizable style.

Noemisa uses her work to make a real chronicle of life in the rural neighborhood where she lives, she creates her own style and themes, reproducing everyday scenes, such as christenings, weddings, young men with a watch on their wrists driving cars, or the doll maker working the clay. Her art is feminine, with delicate applications of light clay on the women’s dresses, on the decoration for the chapel architecture, and party tablecloths. Although she is one of the most original artists Brazilian ceramic art, she lives on her own and in economic hardship. Her work, today known all over the country, was presented at numerous exhibitions in Minas Gerais and other States. In 1987 her sculptures were part of the exhibition Brésil, Art Populaires (Grand Palais, Paris, 1987) and the Redescovery Exhibition (São Paulo Biennial Foundation, 2000), for example. Her art is also found in permanent collection of the Edison Carneiro Folklore  Museum, in the Casa do Pontal Museum (Jacques van de Beuque collection), both in Rio de Janeiro, and in the São Paulo, Francisco Museum Brazilian Popular Art, João Pessoa, Paraíba State.     

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

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Collective Exhibitions:


2020 Women in Folk Art, Galeria Estação, São Paulo, SP, Brazil


2006-2007 Cheers to the Living Culture of the Brazilian People, Afro Brazil Museum, São Paulo, SP, Brazil


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


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


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


 


Public Collections:


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


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


Museum of Brazilian Popular Art at the São Francisco Cultural Center, João Pessoa, PB, Brazil


 


Selected Publications:


2020 Women in Folk Art, Vilma Eid e Fernanda Pitta, Lis Gráfica, São Paulo, SP, Brazil


2008 In the Name of the Author - Artisans from Brazil, Proposal Publisher, São Paulo, SP, Brazil


2008 Brides of the Drought: popular ceramics from Jequitinhonha, Lalada Dalglish, UNESP publisher, São Paulo, SP, Brazil


2008 Paths of Popular Art - Jequitinhonha valley, Casa do Pontal Museum, Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brazil


2007 Down River - the paths of ceramics in the Jequitinhonha Valley, Catalog, Belo Horizonte, MG, Brazil


2007  Cheers to the Living Culture of the Brazilian People, Afro Brasil Museum, 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, Casa do Pontal Museum, Ed. Maua, Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brazil


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


1994 Brazilian Popular Art: pieces from the Casa do Pontal collection, Casa do Pontal Museum, Brasiliana in Frankfurt, Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brazil

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