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The Banana Paintings by Antônio Henrique Amaral. Villa-Lobos music

The Banana Paintings by Antônio Henrique Amaral. Villa-Lobos music


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  • 1. ANTÔNIO HENRIQUE AMARAL Painter, engraver and draughtsman Antônio Amaral was born in São Paulo, Brazil, in 1935, where he still lives and works. He got a degree in Law from the University of São Paulo, but his interest in art stemmed from a visit to the first edition of the Biennial of São Paulo, in 1951.
  • 2. Next year, Amaral began his artistic training at the School of the Museum of Art of São Paulo Assis Chateaubriand (MASP). In 1959, he attended wood engraving classes given by Shiko Munakata and W. Rogalski at the Pratt Graphic Art Center, New York.
  • 3. Early in his career, Amaral performed drawings and prints. Later, painting became his primary activity. In 1971, the Hall of Modern Art of Rio de Janeiro awarded him a foreign travel prize. He moved to New York, where he lived untill 1981.
  • 4. Using a hyper-realist approach in the North-American style and elements of Pop-Art and mass culture, he nevertheless managed to imbue his paintings with explosive political content and social themes.
  • 5. Amaral is perhaps best known for his “Banana Paintings”. Performed in the „60s and „70s, these paintings came to be in the history of Brazilian art a powerful tropical metaphor for repression under the military dictatorship in his country.
  • 6. My challenge was to paint and at the same time reflect on the torture and imprisonment through an explosive, sarcastic thing of debauchery ― Antônio Henrique Amaral