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josé antonio da silva (brazilian 1909-1996)

Oil on canvas, dated 1960
13” x 19”
Frame size 18.75” x 24.5”
Good condition with stain on matting

Self-taught artist José Antonio da Silva (1909-1996) is Brazil’s most renowned folk artist. Before becoming a celebrated painter he worked as sugarcane labourer, cattle herder, wagoner, mason, hotel doorman and gravedigger. The artist participated in the first edition of the São Paulo Biennial in 1951, and then 6 more times up until 1989. His work represented Brazil at the Venice Biennale in 1952 and 1966. In the US he exhibited at the Carnegie Institute, Pittsburgh, in 1955, and twelve years later in the Washington D.C. exhibition “Popular Painters and Sculptors of Brazil.