Artist

Elza

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Bride and Bishop
Inside Home
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bride and groom cutting cake
Maternity
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Bride
Girl and Two Angels
Saint Luzia
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Girl with flower
Mother and daughters

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Biography

Elza de Oliveira Sousa
(born 1928, in Recife PE; died 2006 in Rio de Janeiro).


In 1946, she relocates to Rio de Janeiro with her husband, Gerson de Souza, also a painter, working as an embroiderer and studying theatre, aquatic ballet and opera singing. She attends the painting course given by Ivan Serpa, at the Museum of Modern Art of Rio de Janeiro, in 1962 and 1963. This same year, she starts to show her works at a collective exhibition organised by the IBEU gallery; and also at the National Modern Art Room in 1969, where she wins a Jury Exemption. She also had individual exhibitions at the Atualidade Gallery in Rio de Janeiro (1964) and at the Hebraica Club (1967) as well as the Astréia and Jacques Ardies galleries in São Paulo. She also participates in the exhibition on Brazilian Lyricism, which travels through Portugal, France and Spain, under the co-ordination of Ruth Laus, who has issued the following opinion about her: “Elza invokes a romantic universe, with brides, mermaids, children and adult angels, sylph-like, in a significant break with the chubby contours present in the Baroque angels that are so often seen in older Brazilian churches”.
Catalogue: POP BRASIL: Popular art and the popular in art (CCBB – Gama, 2002).




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