25/06/2012 | Samico Wood Cuttings | Cultura e Cidadania Magazine

Samico opens his individual exhibition at the Estação Art Gallery in Pinheiros, São Paulo. The artist presents 16 of his rare wood cuttings, carved between 1992 and 2011, and two painted frames so that the public can appreciate his careful work process. Creator of a unique work style, Gilvan Samico, in wood carving, implements the multiplication of human and animal kingdoms, in oniric compositions which, subdivided into series of wood cuttings, have established his image as one of the great masters of Brazilian art. . With his works produced at his studio home in Olinda, in Greater Recife, the member of the Armorial Movement, idealised by Ariano Suassuna, also stands out among all engravers, being one of the few artists who draws, engraves and manually prints his work. “Dreams, delirium and poetry”, as Ferreira Gullar defined the work of this poet, are constructed with such technical care that each colour never took less than two hours to be printed in only one copy. Biblical characters, as also characters from regional tales and legends, as also fantastic and mythical animals, mark the production of this artist in which the erudition comes from popular culture. In the opinion of Weydson Barros Leal, who writes the text for the exhibition catalogue, the pictures created by Samico and carefully engraved,… “are records of a private world that is intimate and universal at the same time, and for this reason also human” and, later on, he adds: “This humanism reflected in symbols and figures shall be clearer or less distant for those who recognise it with sensitive thought, long before a mere erudite framework (…) erudition present in each stroke of the drawing, hidden under the back paint or the other colours which open up as if underlined phrases to clarify a sense”. Artist Gilvan Samico was born in Recife, Pernambuco, in 1928, and then in 1952, together with other artists, founded the Joint Studio of the Modern Art Society of Recife (SAMR), idealised by Abelardo da Hora. In 1957, he studies wood cutting with Lívio Abramona at the Handicrafts School at the Museum of Modern Art (MAM) in São Paulo, and the following year with Oswaldo Goeldi, at the National School of Fine Arts, in Rio de Janeiro. In 1965, he settles in Olinda. He also teaches wood cutting at the Federal University of Paraíba (UFPB). In 1968, with the trip abroad obtained as a prize at the 17th National Modern Art Fair, he stays in Europe for two years. In 1971, he is invited by Ariano Suassuna to be part of the Armorial Movement, aimed at popular culture of the Brazilian Northeast and the local cordel literature. From 26 June to 31 August.

Galeria Estação