Oscar Araripe – An open clearing exploding in the jungle of painting” - says Jean Boghici. “His opinions, his lifestyle and his work make up a harmonic whole and go hand in hand with this rare and fortunate, truly fantastic, extraordinary overflowing that his painting reveals” - says Wilson Lima. “With his outdoor exhibitions, using synthetic canvas for the first time in painting, Araripe meets in an original way the challenge of taking art straight to the multitudes” - says Fernando Lemos. “Araripe, his painting for me is poetry. It has the beauty of color, the purity and joy of children and the artist’s talent. This is the way real masters create” - says Milton Ribeiro. “Nobody has portrayed Ouro Preto (a brazilian colonial historical town) more beautifully than he; so radiant - and that`s no easy thing finding radiance, beneath all that weight of history ”- writes Gustavo Pra?a in his book “Hoeing the River”. “I laid out on the table those 200 or so drawings, done with an incredible mixture of materials - acrylic, pastel, industrial paints, pen and ink - and all done on unheard of tracing- paper. I went through them one by on as if flicking the pages of a book. This parallel I draw with a text is not as silly as it seems, after all, Oscar Araripe, writer and theatrical whiz-kid, a personality of the 60's, author of a successful book on China and since 1975 a novelist, draws and paints a little like he writes, in a torrent. And, I must confess, it was some trip - as if I, the straightest of them all, had been turned on for the first time" - says Frederico Moraes.
Biography: Oscar Araripe was already internationally recognized and acclaimed as an important Brazilian writer, educator, and social and ecological activist well before he turned his talents to painting. With almost 100 exhibitions to his credit, Araripe continues to reinvent the art of painting, not only through his spontaneous and unusual brush strokes and colours, but also via his use of unconventional materials ranging from delicate tracing paper to large-scale public works made of weatherproof synthetic canvases (sail clouth) supported by sturdy tubular structures.
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