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Samico | 28/05/2019


My dear Samico passed away shortly after the exhibition we held with his works, which was attended by him and the sweet and strong Celida, his life-long companion. He is very much missed but through his work he is immortal.

His woodcuts, one of the most important works of Brazilian art, overflow with details, colors and stories. He used abundant mythology when creating, enriching the work even more.

Born in Pernambuco, he chose Olinda to settle after having lived in Rio de Janeiro and Europe. He lived in the same seventeenth century house, which had been renovated and preserved by him and Celida. Visitors were welcome. In the living room of the large home, sitting in the rocking chair, Samico enjoyed good chatting. His life was simple, dedicated to family and work. The studio was at home so he rarely went out. He was a man who liked routine.

In 2012 we showed the works that covered the period from 1992 to 2011.

In this show curated by Ivo Mesquita, we have the privilege of displaying woodcuts that cover a longer period dating back to the 40s. They are mostly artist’s proofs or short editions, as he did until 1999, when he began to print larger editions of 120. The earliest ones have a beautiful story, they belonged to an old friend in Rio de Janeiro. With each print, Samico would take one edition for himself and one for his friend. By a happy chance, they got into our hands.

Enjoy! It is not every day that we have that opportunity.

Vilma Eid

Galeria Estação