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I'm working on the series "Roots" at the moment. 

My roots. Family. My Dad passed away last year and deeply affected my roots. I was so close to him, and very similar to him in many ways. Thanks to him, we grew up listening to music all the time. Nat King Cole was his favourite (and I still can't listen to him without crying), as well as "samba de raiz", which translates as "samba from the roots"... African roots, that's for sure.

African roots, I always think of African roots. And Brazilian Indigenous roots, and Aboriginal roots. The roots which were originally there, or here. In terms of African roots, "originally there" was of course Africa. Roots which were brutally dismantled. Broken souls were shipped to Brazil in catastrophic conditions, as I mentioned in the previous post. 

The inspiration behind Roots is also deeply ingrained in Sao Paulo, my hometown and, again, a city which my Dad loved and 'owned'. He knew the metropolis extremely well, he worked in the old downtown for more than 40 years. He knew all the ways, all the buses, the history, the restaurants, the waiters who had been working in these restaurants forever. It's hard to look at Sao Paulo and not see my Dad everywhere, which is good and bad. And definitely leads to the next topic... Saudade. The unique Portuguese word which defines better than anything else our melancholic feelings. 

Saudade. Endless saudade. Chega de saudade. 

Naidoc 2018

Naidoc Week has just finished, and it was ever so inspiring. I celebrate Aboriginal culture here in Australia, as well as Indigenous and African culture in Brazil. Aboriginal people are the traditional owners of our land, and Brazilian Indigenous people, the "Indios", are the traditional owners of Brazilian land. If here in Australia we [...]

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St Kilda Art Crawl

Some of my artworks are on show at 4Dverse, as part of the St Kilda Art Crawl. If you happen to be in Melbourne, go and have a look, please! I haven´t seen it personally, however the photos look great!! :) 

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Quick update!! :)

I haven´t written much lately, as I´ve been working on commissions. The piece I´m doing right now is a Brazilian flag, which will be completely full of dots. It´s a large canvas, therefore patience needed, that´s for sure, however I´m loving the process!! Listening to some very interesting documentaries while I paint, so absorbing a [...]

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St Kilda Latin American Art Exhibition https://youtu.be/XlJE13ryBbg

I'm back!! :) I was visiting my family in Brazil, back to Sydney and to work now. While in Sao Paulo, I was very pleased to receive an invitation to take part of the first edition of the St Kilda Latin Festival, which will hold the Latin American Art Exhibition in St Kilda. Thanks so much [...]

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Exhibition in Avalon!

As I´ve mentioned before, we moved to Avalon six months ago. We´re loving it, and looking forward to experiencing for the first time the Avalon Beach Market Day, the largest community market day on the Northern Beaches. Sounds fantastic!! Sunday 19 November from 9am to 4pm. I´m also very excited to show my paintings to my [...]

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Ritmo!!!

I was in Sydney in year 2000 (this is before this city became home for me, 12 years ago), and remember one night ending up in Darling Harbour with a friend, totally by chance. There was this festival happening there, with Latin music, and I couldn´t believe my luck!! It was the first ever Ritmo [...]

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Highlands inspiration!

We´ve just come back from a 30-day trip on a campervan through England, Wales and Scotland. I´ve always loved backbacking, however now with the three kids, plus my back being not as strong as before, a campervan seems to be the next big thing!The absolute highlight was the Scottish Highlands, I just loved how powerful, [...]

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Home Design Magazine

On a very happy note, my painting Bonfim was featured this month by Home Design Magazine, in their Artscape section.Even more exciting, editor Kate St James picked  Bonfim as her favourite, featuring it as well in her editor's letter. Sometimes you really need something like this to lift you up!!! Thanks Kate and Home Design...Bonfim has [...]

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New home, new life!

I haven't updated this blog for so long because the last months have been packed with activities and emotions!!After my solo exhibition at Penny Farthing last March, I flew to Brazil with my three kids. We had great holidays there with my family, everything was going really well until... My Dad suddenly passed away. He [...]

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    Some of my artworks are on show at 4Dverse, as part of the St Kilda Art Crawl. …

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