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27/06/2012 | Samico at the Estação Art Gallery | Art Catalogue

SAMICO AT THE ESTAÇÃO ART GALLERY. Date: 25/6/2012, São Paulo: Samico opens an individual exhibition at the Estação Art Gallery in Pinheiros, São Paulo. The artist presents 16 of his rare wood cuttings, executed between 1992 and 2011, and two painted frames so that the public may appreciate his careful work process. Creator of a singular work style, Gilvan Samico, in his wood cuttings, manages to multiply human and animal kingdoms, oniric compositions that, divided into series of wood cuttings, have solidified his image as one of the great masters of Brazilian art. With his work produced at his home in Olinda, State of Pernambuco, the member of the Armorial Movement, idealised by Ariano Suassuna, also stands out within engravings, being one of the rare artists that draws, engraves and prints his own work manually. “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.” and later on adds that: "“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”. 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. . 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. From 26 June to 31 August. Source: Art Exchange. Internet: http://catalogodasartes.com.br/Detalhar_Noticias.asp?id=7067




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