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Dennis Esteves - “Translating your emotions”, by Edmundo Cavalcanti

Edmundo Cavalcanti é Artista Plástico, Colunista de Arte e Poeta.

Edmundo Cavalcanti is a Visual Artist, Art Columnist and Poet.

1- Where did you born? And what is your academic training?

I was born in Santo André, ABC and I am self-taught.

2- How and when you give your first contact with the Arts?

I was born in a family where art was part of everyday life. My mother is choreographer, and runs a ballet school 45 years… she is very creative and has some ability to design as it makes it all the sketches of costumes for your presentations, and my father even though he died when I was only 3 year-old left me the genetic heritage for design and music.

3- How did you find this gift?

My mother always encouraged me to draw giving me materials… she was the one who discovered my talent rsss.

Dennis Esteves é Artista Plástico.

Dennis Esteves is Plastic Artist.

4- What are your main influences?

In the late eighties I wanted to do animation, as always I have been a fan for moving art, your fantasies, alegrias, and ironies. In 1989 my mother gave me a present of a retrospective book Ziraldo cartoonist career where I found true works of art and exceptional skill in working with colors. Thus, I can say that the first artist that inspired me was the Ziraldo. Around that same time I met the artist Adélio Sarro, and I had the opportunity to attend his workshop, where I developed a technique that is a continuation of the technique he uses. Those are the two main areas that inspired my technical construction and thematic.

5- What materials do you use in your works?

Oil on canvas.

6- What is your creative process itself? What inspires you?

What inspires me are the joyful scenes of life… all that is good.

7- When you started effectively to produce or create your works?

My first exhibition was in 1990 when I was fourteen and I made my first sales, after that did some occasional exposure, and I began to devote myself entirely to painting 1997.

8- Art is an intellectual production exquisite, where emotions are embedded in the context of creation, but in art history, we see that many artists are derived from other, following technical and artistic movements through time, you own any model or influence of any artist? Who would be?

I consider myself a disciple of the technique Sarro, but with a theme and own identity. Throughout my career I received many influences, from Modernism to Pop Art, traveling by names like Picasso, Milton da Costa, Ziraldo, Cândido Portinari, Mondrian, Sarro, Roy Liechtenstein, e Jasper Jones. Even think the artist should always be open to new references and this cycle is necessary to reach maturity.

9- What does art mean to you? If you were to summarize in a few words the meaning of Arts in your life…

Art is a way to translate my emotions.

10- What techniques do you use to express their ideas, feelings and perceptions about the world? (Whether it is through painting, sculpture, drawing, collage, photography… or uses several techniques in order to make a mix of different art forms).

I've been a dancer and teacher of American tap dance awards in the country's leading dance festivals, and I also have about 100 musical compositions, but currently the visual arts are my main expression tools.

11- Every artist has his mentor, that person who you have mirrored, you encouraged and inspired you to follow this career, going ahead and taking your dreams the other expression levels, who this person is and how it introduced you in the art world?

It was the Sarro. He opened the doors of his studio when I was a boy, He showed me how flapping their wings, and I flew.

12- You have another activity beyond art? You give lessons, lectures etc.?


13- Its major national and international exhibitions and their awards? (Mention 5 most recent).

I never submitted my art competitions… I hate that, and therefore I have no awards, But recently I received a Fellowship award Paul Harris the International Foundation for contributing to my art in the development of my city's Vineyard, and knowing this entity and the important actions performed on behalf of society that was a source of great pride.

Throughout my 29 years of exposure were more than a hundred exhibitions in Brazil and countries like Switzerland, France, Spain, Portugal, Italy, England, Scotland and the United States… It is difficult to list the most important, but perhaps the most significant were in MUBE in São Paulo, and the Museum of GLDF in Paris.

14- Your plans for the future?

Effectively penetrate the American Arts Market.

15- In your opinion what is the future of Brazilian art and its artists? (in the general context) and why so many artists are giving preference to show their work in international exhibitions despite high costs?

“The future of Brazilian art is very promising. We have an identity, a lot of creativity and know very well improvise. The fact that artists seek international exhibitions can speak for myself I believe that these international exhibitions bring greater visibility, experience, and opportunities, and also I believe that the artist is a being of everyone.”

16- I have noticed that some traditional galleries are closing activities. Artists are giving preference to exhibit at Cultural Spaces. In your opinion what would be the cause?

“People are very smart, and most galleries are frozen in time with their stranded dusty collections, They need to be faster and less focus on artists in the collection in my opinion… With social media just do not find the artist who does not want. The galleries need to reinvent and make strong and collaborative partnerships with artists, and artists need to have ethics and commitment to the gallery owners… I think nowadays it's much every man for himself, and lack rather we will win together, instead of going to win on him. I believe needs Gallery artist and artist needs gallery.”

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