01/11/2008 | Le Lis Blanc Magazine

Conceição dos Bugres: The bugrinhos (sculptures of Native Brazilians) are one of the main symbols of Mato Grosso do Sul, and there is a reason for this: artist Conceição Freitas da Silva, better known as Conceição dos Bugres. Her work started to become famous in the late 1960s, when Conceição decided to carve a face out of a manioc plant, in the cepa section. Using a hammer and a carving knife, this work passed over to wood. Conceição was born in Povinho de Santiago, in Rio Grande do Sul, in 1914. At the age of six, she moved to Campo Grande, from where she never left. She died in 1984, at the age of 70, but her legacy was passed on to her grandson Mariano. The thousands of sculptures with human figures carved by Conceição have now traversed the world, and in Campo Grande, it is hard to find someone without a miniature bugrinho at home. Work can also be seen at the Contemporary Art Museum of Mato Grosso do Sul (Marco) and at the Artisan’s House, also in Campo Grande. In São Paulo, the Estação Gallery has some pieces.

Galeria Estação