Today, I thought we could travel back around the globe to South America where the world's longest and probably largest carnival celebrations are held in Brazil. Rio Carnival 2009 will start in a few days on Friday, February 20th and will last until Fat Tuesday, on February 24th......what a great time to see the work of a Brazilian artist whose work is infused with so much color and rhythm!
Brazil is the largest country in South America, as well as the fifth largest country in the world, occupying basically half of South America. Brazil is full of contrasts from the untouched Amazon rainforest to the array of colorful metropolises ranging from Brasilia, São Paulo to Rio de Janeiro. The country is also famous to many for its football (US: soccer) traditions as well as annual Carnaval celebrations in Rio de Janeiro, Salvador, Recife, and Olinda. It is a country with such great diversity; offering travelers an array of scenery, wildlife, and animals. There is definitely plenty of things to see and do in Brazil!
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Beatriz Milhazes was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in 1960-- a city which is famous for it's Carnival celebrations, samba and other music as well as for it's amazing natural settings. Her paintings include Brazilian cultural imagery as well as references to western Modernist paintings. Beatriz Milhazes works in the pure aesthetic style of the Pattern and Decoration movement. Her work mixes her Brazilian heritage with the vibrant and bold colors as well as patterns, yet her work is such an universal experience. To me, her work is playful, rhythmical, bold and colorful something that Rio de Janeiro is, as well as the Brazilian culture. I am drawn to how Beatriz work is infused with all this energy and movement; drawing on the pleasures of life rather than on hardships. She is able to drawn inspiration from everything around her city from jewellery, embroidery, folk art, architecture to the traditional Brazilian fabrics known as chitão.
Peace and Love, 2005,
Gloucester Road Station Project
Platform for Art Underground
Acrylic on canvas
98 X 98 inches
Here is a link to some more information about the artist and her work: Beatriz Milhazes