Acrylic, oil bar and marker on cotton paper hahnemühle photo rag 308
Dimensions: 80cm (H) x 61cm (W) x 0.3cm (D) / 31.5" (H) x 24" (W) x 0.12" (D)
Note: Actual colours may vary due to photography & computer settings.
Iya means mother in Yoruba language. The Yoruba or Nagô are one of the largest ethnic-linguistic groups in West Africa. It is the second largest ethnic group in Nigeria. In Brazil, a country with 54% of the black population (majority), the Yoruba were one of the main sources of slaves for the country during the colonial period, with religious, musical and culinary influences. The syncretism of the African cult brought by the slaves with Catholicism originated the Candomblé practiced in Brazil, also known as Nagô culture.
The orixás are phenomena of nature that help men to achieve their goals. Xangô, for example, is the orixá of justice, represented by lightning and thunder.
The Yoruba also marked their influence on Brazilian cuisine, with acarajé, for example, in music, with atabaques, and in language, with words like "axé" and "olodum".
The intention of this series of paintings is to celebrate the African roots brought by the slaves who constitute, nowadays, the greatest cultural wealth in Brazil - despite historical denials and structural racism.
- Acrylic, Oil bar and marker on paper - Hahnemühle Photo Rag 308 gsm
- Certificate of Authenticicty hand sign in back
Hometown: São Paulo
Based in: Rio de Janeiro
Born in São Paulo and currently living and working in Rio de Janeiro, he began with oil paintings technique at the age 18. His production covers painting, drawing, printmaking, photography, video and urban intervention. Nowadays his production is focused on drawing with giclée digital prints. Different series where he presents, through gestural traits, the strength of contemporary women - mixing different ethnicities and colors. In 2008 he founded the Collective Fuso (Cian + Kjá), that consists in interactions between several platforms and artistic languages - the collective had its first work honored with the urban interference local prize in 2008. He worked in exhibitions in Brazil and abroad: MuBE Museu Brasileiro da Escultura - SP, CCJF Centro Cultural Justiça Federal - RJ, Parque Lage - RJ, Espace L - Geneva - Switzerland, Galeria Colecionador Contemporâneo - RJ, IED Istituto Europeu di Design - SP, Galeria Pretos Novos de Arte Contemporânea - RJ, Museu de Imagens do Inconsciente - RJ, among others.
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