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22/06/2012 | Enchanted - O Estado de São Paulo | Divirta-se

When he was young, Samico would always copy, including newspaper covers and patterns with saints. This went on until his father, intrigued by his son’s interest, decided to introduce a friend: Hélio Feijó, the founder of the Modern Art Society of Recife. Thus started the story of the artist that Samico would become, an artist that no longer copied, but was rather influenced by cordel literature, the works of popular recording companies, in a symbol with the Solomon Sign, to create his woodcuttings. From his childhood in Recife, he took advantage of strange anecdotes that he would hear, and then would incorporate them into his work. This idea (or, as he puts it, “this calling”) is responsible for much of the lyricism which can be seen in his works. The 16 pictures that Samico shows, starting Wednesday 27th, at the Estação Art Gallery, were produced between 1992 and 2011. But why so few works over a long period? Here we do not consider the fact that he takes an average of one year to carry out each work project. “I shall try to make him aware of what happens to me: I am a very slow person, for all things”, he confesses to the reporter, with the same calm with which he repeats, whenever necessary, each stage of his production process. “I do not make an engraving with gestures; if I have to make a mistake, I shall indeed make the mistake and possibly lose everything I have done through to that point”. After drawing, carving the wood and stamping the paper, Samico then adds, to the “empty” areas of the picture in black and white, some points in colour. This is a trait of a “frustrated painter” as he defines himself in a good mood. These coloured points help to make his work “more full of light”, such as those of the popular artists presented to Samico by his friend Ariano Suassuna. This is light that the artist, now aged 84, keeps to this day in his studio home in Olinda, in Greater Recife. Marina Vaz.




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