12/09/2013 | Art in Wood

For over ten years, the Estação Art Gallery has housed a collection containing the most intriguing objects of Brazilian popular art production. Quite often, in the Gallery’s beautiful premises in the São Paulo neighbourhood of Pinheiros, the Gallery shows an artist who is hardly known. On 13 September, the artist who shall show his sculptures in wood is Antônio de Dedé, aged 56, who was born in the small town of Lagoa da Canoa, in the Brazilian state of Alagoas.
The French public is already aware of his work – the artist participated in the group exhibition known as Histoires de Voir, at the Cartier Foundation in Paris. In São Paulo, Antônio de Dedé was part of the Stubbornness of the Imagination (Teimosia da Imaginação) Project of the Tomie Ohtake Foundation, which led to the production of a book. For those who missed this event, the alagoano now shows 38 of his sculptures, which represent saints, human beings and animals, always sleek and with eyes open as if they had been surprised by something quite extraordinary.
The inspiration for wood carving, in sculptures that range from 50 cm to 2 metres high, came from his father who worked as a carpenter. At the tender age of 8 years, Antonio started to mould clay before he discovered in wood the raw material that was ideal for his art. This exhibition shall remain at the venue until 31 October.

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