25/06/2012 | Samico at the Estação Art Gallery|Vitruvius

Samico Exhibition at the Estação Art Gallery, São Paulo. Gilvan Samico is coming to São Paulo to officially open the exhibition at the Estação Art Gallery, which presents 16 of his engravings carved between 2002 and 2011, and also 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 engraver, 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, carefully engraved on wood and printed on paper, are records of a private world that is intimate and universal at the same time, and for this reason also human. “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 black paint or the other colours which open up as if underlined phrases to clarify a sense”, he completes. In 1952, Gilvan Samico (Recife, Pernambuco, 1928) founded, together with other artists, the Collective Studio of the Modern Art Society of Recife (SAMR), which had been idealised by Abelardo da Hora since 1924. In 1957 he studies wood cutting with Lívio Abramona at the Handicrafts School of the Modern Art Museum of São Paulo (MAM/SP) and, the following year, with Oswaldo Goeldi, at the National School of Fine Arts, in Rio de Janeiro. In 1965, he settles in Olinda, and also teaches wood cutting at the Federal University of Paraíba (UFPB). In 1968, with the foreign trip he won at the 17th National Modern Art Show, 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 and also cordel literature. At the opening of the exhibition, WMF Martins Fontes shall be selling a book “Samico”, with text by critic Weydson Barros Leal, and preface by Ariano Suassuna, published by the Bem-Te-Vi press (96 pages, R$ 190.00). (After the opening of the exhibition, the book can be found at Livraria Martins Fontes, Avenida Paulista 509 (in front of Brigadeiro Underground Station), telephone 0xx11 2167-9900, site

Galeria Estação