"My work is not preconceived, but I begin carving the form until I discover something totally unexpected and surprising, filled with emotion."
"I try to create poetry with my sculpture and to transmit feelings that I try and capture for others. One of the main characteristics of my work is the ambiguity of form and movement, marked above all by curved and straight lines. I create modern sculpture. My work is not preconceived, but I begin carving the form until I discover something totally unexpected and surprising, filled with emotion.
"I was born in the state of Minas Gerais, and my incursion in the fine arts goes back to my adolescence. I took drawing and painting classes, and began to experiment with sculpture in an autodidactic way around 1988. In 1992, I entered the faculty of fine arts in a Rio de Janeiro university. I had contact with other techniques, such as the woodcut, but I finished exclusively as a sculptor. The contact with great masters such as Jaime Sampaio, Helena Quintela and Mirian Garnier was fundamental for me to proceed with confidence in my career.
"Ever since, I have been participating in collective and individual exhibitions in Rio de Janeiro and throughout Brazil. In the 1990 Salão Nacional da Mulher, I was awarded a gold medal."
Steeped in the rich texture of suar wood, this statuette by Wayan Rendah exudes the intimacy of a family. A mother and father relax with their baby, the expressionless faces suggesting inalterable unity.
Holding her baby face to face, a loving mother gazes proudly at the infant. Made Wirata presents an image with lithe forms and flowing curves, their bodies echoing one another's movements. The image is joyous and ethereal, conveying in suar wood the....read more
"There is strength in oneness," Francis Agbete says, quoting an old Ghanaian saying. To illustrate the point, he carves an elephant family of ebony wood. The five march through the forest together, aligning themselves from smallest to largest.
Safe in mother's outstretched arms, an infant seeks her gaze. By Nyoman Karsa, this beautiful portrait is modern and abstract. Yet it conveys the deep bond between mother and child. Suar wood's rich grain enhances the sculpture.
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