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"Efrain Almeida: His First Retrospective Exhibition"
2001-04-30 until 2001-07-08
Centro Galego de Arte Contemporánea
Santiago, , ES Spain

Brazil is a country which is being increasingly recognised artistically as a result of its exceptional culture, which combines a deep traditional element with a high level of aesthetic refinement. In this his first retrospective exhibition, Efrain Almeida (Boa Viagem, Ceará, Brazil, 1964) is evidence of the capacity of Brazilian art to link a specific cultural inheritance to the concerns and trends of contemporary sculpture.

The influence of the traditional craftsmanship of the Brazilian Northwest on Efrain Almeida can be clearly perceived. Having said this, his works are not mere votive offerings or traditional Brazilian images. They contain elements reworked in a contemporary fashion, based on the transformation of meaning and form. They are remakes of Catholic images impregnated with Ceará's pantheistic element, of popular beliefs, personal stories into which he places new material. Works which evoke the harmony of things traditional and erudite, instinctive and calculated, simple and sophisticated.

Here in the CGAC, Efrain Almeida presents us with a singular proposal insofar as his work is concerned, intimately related to the city of Santiago, soul worship, the miracles of the Apostle through not very spectacular pieces of work, far from the present dominant trend towards large scale, where he works with open suggestions, with possibilities of meaning. Pieces of work which, in spite of their intimist scale, propose a global occupation of the space which plays host to them and which invite the spectator to come closer, be an accomplice, so that the minor details, the differences, can be revealed.

IMAGE:
Efrain Almeida
Casa das Ánimas, 2001


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