27/06/2012 | An Engraver of Dreams | Gazeta de Alagoas

AN ENGRAVER OF DREAMS. “My engravings are now not day or night, but afternoon, with a milder tone”, says Samico. Photograph: GERMANA MONTE-MÓR/PUBLICITY By: CAMILA MOLINA -AGÊNCIA ESTADO São Paulo, SP – “Is it cold out there?”, asks artist Gilvan Samico, who came to São Paulo to inaugurate, at the Estação Art Gallery, an exhibition of engravings that have made him “the most famous Brazilian engraver of all times”, as not only defines writer Ariano Suassuna, his friend within the poetry of the Armorial Movement. Samico, who has just turned 84, is a “bit softened”, he says, with an illness which he has been treating – but then, already in the second minute of our telephone conversation, from Olinda where he lives, the artist starts to play and joke, and talk in generous terms about the vast path he has trailed. Wood cuttings by Samico are rare, not only due to the fact that this artist only carves one, or two at most, works per year. “What turns Samico’s art into a great form of art, raised to the highest standard of graphical or pictorial creation, is that his search is by no means limited to the realm of literature or the erudite art known as such, but also has success in its original construction of a powerful invention which is supplied both by ancestral stories as also by popular culture”, defines critic Weydson Barros Leal, in one of the texts within the book “Samico” (see information on this page), launched yesterday, with the presence of the engraver himself, at the opening of his exhibition at the Estação Art Gallery. Book: “Samico”, by Weydson Barros Leal. Publisher: Bem-Te-Vi, price R$ 190 (96 pages). What: Samico exhibition, with 16 engravings by Pernambucan artist Gilvan Samico. Where and when: At the Estação Art Gallery (Rua Ferreira de Araújo, 625, Pinheiros, São Paulo-SP), through to 31 August. Visits: Monday to Friday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Admittance Free. Information: 0xx11 3813-7253 or

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