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Conceição dos Bugres

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Biography

Conceição dos Bugres
[Conceição Freitas da Silva]
1914, Povinho de Santiago - RS / 1984, Campo Grande - MS

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.

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

Curriculum

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS AND CONFERENCES
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
Encuentro between 2007 and Commander - Biennial - Valencia , Convento del Carmen - Valencia - Spain
The size of Brazil : Exhibition of Popular Arts SESC Paulista , São Paulo | SP - Brazil
U.S. - Brazil's popular creation, Santander Cultural Center , Porto Alegre | RS
2005 Shape and Color Expression - Station Gallery , Sao Paulo | SP
Year of Brazil in France , Carreau du Temple , Paris - France
2000 Shows Rediscovery - Brazil 500 years | Popular Arts Takano Publisher , São Paulo | SP - Brazil

COLLECTIONS PUBLIC / INSTITUTIONAL
AfroBrasil Museum , Sao Paulo | SP - Brazil

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS
2012 A Look Janet Costa , Janet Costa Museum , Niteroi | RJ
2007 Viva Viva Povo Brasileiro Culture , AfroBrasil Museum , Sao Paulo | SP - Brazil
2005 Small Dictionary of Art Brazilian People : the twentieth century , Publisher Airship , Rio de Janeiro | RJ - Brazil
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

Press

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