If women today still do not occupy a prominent place in modern life, then imagine going back 100 or 200 years in Brazilian history. However, a few Brazilian painters they managed to break the existing barrier in their times and show their talents to the world. They stood out and held a prestigious position on the national and international scene.
Some of the most famous Brazilian painters abroad are renowned for their incredible work that arouses emotions. But which ones are you able to identify?
It seems like a lie, but it was in Brazil that I got in touch with modern art.
Tarsila do Amaral
Georgina de Albuquerque, Tarsila and Beatriz Milhazes are some of the Brazilian artists who exported their paintings to other parts of the world and are recognized for their unique traits.
Famous Brazilian painters abroad
Georgina de Albuquerque
Born in 1985, in Taubaté, in the interior of São Paulo, she is considered one of the exponents of Brazilian painting. In 1922 she presented one of her most famous works, the painting, which broke paradigms and placed women as protagonists.
In addition to historical painting, Georgina de Albuquerque’s work, with its impressionist style, also broke with neoclassical ideals and revealed landscapes and still lifes, artistic nudes, portraits, everyday scenes.
His constant concern with color and the rich effects of transparency and luminosity, employed with sensitivity, took the first steps of modernist painting in Brazil.
Tarsila do Amaral
This incredible Brazilian painter was born in 1886, in the city of Capivari, also in the interior of São Paulo, and had a great participation in the first phase of the modernist movement in Brazil. Daughter of important people of the time, Tarsila studied in Barcelona and it was there that she got a taste for painting.
Her first work was created in 1904. Together with her friend Anita Malfatti, Tarsila formed the “club of five”, which included, in addition to them, the writers Oswald de Andrade, Mário de Andrade and Menotti Del Picchia.
In 1928, she made what is considered one of the most famous paintings in Brazil, the work, which inaugurated the anthropophagic movement in plastic arts.
One of the most famous Brazilian painters abroad, Tarsila do Amaral has received several honors in cinema and on TV, such as: Eternamente Pagu (1987) and in the miniseries (2004) and (2006).
In 2008, the International Astronomical Union named a crater on the planet Mercury after the painter.
Mary Help of Christians
Mineiro de Campo Belo, born in 1935, Maria Auxiliadora da Silva comes from a family of black activists and artists. The painter stood out for composing scenes of rural life and Afro-Brazilian culture, environments in which she was inserted.
Due to not having an artistic training and lack of mastery of traditional techniques, art galleries labeled Maria Auxiliadora’s works as “popular” or “naive”, always in a prejudiced manner.
Her life began to change in the 1970s, when she met the art critic Mário Schenberg, who opened the door for her to set up her first exhibition at the American consulate in São Paulo. From that moment on, the works of Maria Auxiliadora traveled the world, showing in Basel, Dusseldorf and Paris.
She was born in 1943, in Petrópolis, Rio de Janeiro, and built a career as a painter, photographer and object creator. At 16, he was already receiving his first prize at the National Museum of Fine Arts (MNBA).
Studying in France, Varela participated in several exhibitions. One of the highlights of her career was the exhibition at the seventh painting festival in Cagnes-sur-Mer, being the only woman among 40 artists in the so-called Thirty Creators – Selection 75.
In 1997, the Brazilian government sent a work by Cybèle as a gift to the United Nations (UN). The painting remains on display at the Palace of Nations.
Born in the capital of Rio de Janeiro in 1960, Milhazes dedicated herself to painting, printmaking and illustration. In 1997, she was responsible for illustrating the book, by Katia Canton.
His career maintained a popular matrix, mixing the popular with the scholar, the rustic with the sophisticated. In his works, color is an omnipresent element.
Since the 1990s, she has established herself as one of the most famous Brazilian painters abroad. Frequent exhibitions take place in the United States and across Europe. In March 2010, Beatriz Milhazes received the commendation of the Order of Ipiranga, delivered by the state government of São Paulo.
We have gathered here a short summary highlighting the main Brazilian painters. Consider buying a piece of art from them to use in decorating your living room or even your office.