16/04/2013 | Catraca Livre | 15 April 2013 – Exhibition of sculptures by Zé do Chalé

From 16 April to 30 May, the Estação Art Gallery shows the works of Sergipan sculptor José Cândido dos Santos, better known as Zé do Chalé. The 25 wooden sculptures, or trophies, as the artist himself called them, can be seen by the public from Monday to Friday, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., with admittance free. Under the curatorship of Cauê Alves, the works show a summary of the production by this artist, largely made up of miniatures and also fronts of churches and chapels, with symbols such as crosses, stars, the sun, the moon, birds, hearts etc. A self-learner, Zé do Chalé said that his creations were divine and that God had given him the skill and the responsibility of sculpture. His religiousness brought in it a syncretism of traditions and symbols, from Roman Catholicism and also from Native Brazilian creeds. One significant feature is the predominantly vertical format of the sculptures, normally culminating in fine, high and sleek points. The strength of his work is in the elaborateness and inventiveness of the pieces, such as the chains made out of a tree trunk without alterations, with a harmonisation of the ancestral Native Brazilian heritage and the modernity of city life.

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