Proud to be on the land of the Kuringgai people of the Eora nation.
Inspired by Brazil, inspired by Australia
I was born in one of the planet’s largest cities. Sao Paulo is busy. It’s grey yet colourful, noisy, polluted, super cultural, gastronomic, dangerous, exciting, full of cars, buildings, helicopters, motorcycles, injustice, social inequality: extremely rich, extremely poor people. Not an easy place... But I love it, my roots are there.
Speaking about love! That’s why I moved to Sydney. I am married to an Aussie, I met him on the Amazon. We bumped into each other in the middle of nowhere because we share a huge passion for travelling. I call Australia home now. It’s a fantastic country, perfect for bringing up our three children.
For years I took private oil painting classes in Brazil with a very talented artist. I kept painting as a hobby for more than a decade, until 2014, when I decided to take the plunge and create art for a living. Meanwhile, I worked in advertising as well as travel journalism. I have had two travel books published in Brazil by Panda Books. Writing will always be there, I go back to it every now and then, and will probably invest more time in it again in the future.
Since moving to Australia, Aboriginal art and culture became an inspiration as much as Indigenous and African culture were in Brazil. I incorporated dot painting in my technique, always very aware and respectful of any possibilities of culture appropriation. I paint my own stories, my background. I paint Brazil, my experiences, feelings and desires for change.
In terms of artists, I am influenced by Monet and other Impressionists, Van Gogh, Cézanne, pointillism, Matisse, Paul Klee, Brazilian art naif, Brazilian modernism, street art... Music plays a huge role when I'm painting. Samba, bossa nova and other Brazilian rhythms run in my veins. I love reading and listening about philosophy, sociology, anthropology and, of course, history of art. I am more than anything inspired by people, people who have fought, and who currently fight for a better world, for human rights, equal rights.
Because of my angst for change, my work is turning towards political issues (still a work in progress, so not listed yet). Social inequality in Brazil and around the world bother me immensely, it's time I dealt with the issue.
I hope I can help somehow.