Argentine by birth, carioca (born in Rio de Janeiro) by raising and baiano (born in Bahia) by choice, Carybé was one of the most productive and restless artists Brazil has ever had. Carybé had his work exposed throughout Brazil and in countries such as Argentina, the United States, Japan, Italy, Germany, France, Iraq, Portugal, Spain and Mexico. He won major honors, such as the 1st National Prize for Design, the III Biennial of São Paulo, but the title that boasted him more was the Oba of Shango, offered by the yard of Candomblé Ile Axe Opo Afonjá, where he was initiated into the mysteries of religion. Friend of important artists such as Rubem Braga, Pierre Verger, Dorival Caymmi and Jorge Amado, Carybé illustrated also several books, such as “One Hundred Years of Solitude”, written by Gabriel García Márquez. The artistic works exhibited at the Biennial of Curitiba have a lot of religious cultural influence of African hues that persisted in the Brazil’s northeast culture.
Daniel Rangel | Curator