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Lélia Accioli - “Art can make you think, thinking can make change…”, 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 Santos, SP.

I have a degree in Architecture and Urbanism from PUCCAMP and Building Technician from UNITAU. I am also a Graphic Designer and photographer (school of arts and design Arquitec, IDEA institute, Neopix, among others).

I studied arts, music and ballet at the “Carlos Gomes Music and Plastic Arts Conservatory”, in Campinas-SP, “Conservatory of Music and Plastic Arts Maestro Fego Camargo”, in Taubaté-SP and several free courses in different locations.

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

I think I was born with art inside me lol, loved cinema and grew up surrounded by diverse books. The art ones enchanted me and the images pleased me, but it wasn't enough for me, they urged me to learn to read and understand artists and their messages. This desire for art and to understand it in its context, led me to search for other branches of knowledge.

Lélia Accioli é Artista Plástica.

Lélia Accioli is Plastic Artist.

3- How did you find this gift?

At the age of 6 years I got paints, brushes and a small canvas from my mother, who “painted as a hobby”- as i said – and reproduced a screen that I liked, of an encyclopedia, I think “Geniuses of painting”. As soon as my parents saw, I was enrolled at the “Carlos Gomes” conservatory to start my art studies.

4- What are your main influences?

From academic to abstract, the surrealism, hyper-realism, all…

Philosophy, psychology, general literature, Sciences… everything influences me directly or indirectly.

I'm always open-minded to anything that can add me.

5- What materials do you use in your works?

According to the idea of ​​the work, I choose the appropriate material and technique to execute it. I use a variety of materials and surfaces, alone or in combination: paper, screen, oil paint, acrylic, watercolor, bronze, talcum stone, marble, scrap or any other material.

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

I create my works in the midst of the psychological upheaval of the crowds, inspire me not to be human, its conflicts and peculiarities. I am a predominantly surrealist artist, but in view of the complexity of life I cannot imagine being attached to just one language or artistic style to translate it. I have a simultaneously diversified production.

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

Reproducing works and portraying the visible world to learn went to 6 years.

Exposing them was to 12, creating was really just to 14 years, when I started to feel able to “try” to produce some of the images in my mind.

At the age of 25/26 years I started my sculptural production, joining the “Atelier Cristina Roese”And becoming a member of the now defunct“ Individuality Group ”. I had the joy and the encouragement to receive an Honorable mention for my first sculpture.

Throughout my career I had several interruptions in artistic production due to my other professional activities, but I never stopped creating and whenever I can I try to learn more and improve myself.

I like the concept: “Dedicate yourself to be better every day, better than yesterday and not better than anyone ”. There is always something to learn, to share and each has its space in the universe.

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 admire creativity beyond your time Hieronymus Bosch, the intellect and technique of Leonardo da Vinci, the creative freedom of Salvador Dalí and in partnership with Gala, your understanding and use of marketing. Also the sensitivity and talent of Camille Claudel, Goya, Toulouse-Lautrec, Ron Mueck, among others.

Considering my focus on the human being, the philosophy, literature, psychology, mathematics, quantum physics… Nietzsche, Khalil Gibran, Sartre, Allan Kardec, Lacan… everything influences and reflects in my works.

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

Art and life… art can make you think, thinking can make change…

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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 start from the mental view of the work, from that I choose the material and the technique for execution.

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

Impossible to think of one name. I had the happiness of meeting many throughout my life, they live in my heart:

– Teachers: Narege, Nelson Braga Jr., Emanuel Rubin, Bernardete Lima, Nazareth Ferrari…

– Curadores / merchants: Maria dos Anjos Oliveira, Carlos Augusto Rossi de Almeida, Sandra Honors, Lycian Simoneti…

I thank the professionals who work so hard with their work in favor of the arts; and above all I thank my parents, that gave me access to the arts, knowledge, anyway… to everything.

12- You have another activity beyond art? You teaches classes, lectures etc.?

Art is what I love. Architecture and Design I love it and it's what I survive.

I've tried to teach, but I'm not very good with routine lol. I prefer to attend workshops freely and exchange knowledge and ideas.

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

Latest exhibitions:

  • 2019 – Collective exhibition “Além Fronteiras”, in "Angels Art Gallery", Porto, Portugal.
  • 2018 – Group exhibition “Excuse me, I'm going to fight”, in Mercure Hotel Paulista, São Paulo-SP.
  • 2018 – Collective exhibition “Blue & Blues”, in Uruguay Area, São Paulo-SP. 2018 – Collective exhibition “Looking further ahead”, in JOH MABE Space Art & Culture, São Paulo-SP.
  • 2017 – Collective exhibition “Valuing Art”, in Legislative Assembly of the State of São Paulo, SP.

Olatest awards:

  • 2018 Medal Paladin of Plastic Arts 2018, Award Gold Brush 2018 and Commendation Defender of Brazilian Historical and Cultural Heritage WEAK - Brazilian Federation of Science Academics, Letters and Arts.
  • 2017 – Honorary Titles - Doctor Honoris Causa in Fine Arts and Prize Gold Brush 2017, WEAK - Brazilian Federation of Science Academics, Letters and Arts.
  • 2016Member academic of CONBLA-Brazilian Confederation of Arts and Letters.
  • 2016 Art Salon Brazilian of the Principality of Liechtenstein – Olympic triathlon, in Vaduz - (Medal bronze - thematic painting category).

14- Your plans for the future?

I intend to continue creating, learning and performing art forever.

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?

Particularly, as my goal is above all to show my work to the greatest number of people and if possible to touch their souls, make you feel and / or think, I always seek visibility wherever it is at the moment.

We have to use all available resources, whatever is within our reach. By the breadth of audience, I think it is appropriate to invest in capitals and also internationally. So that now, I also consider it essential to participate and enhance the art salons and local initiatives in cities in the interior of the country.

About virtual outreach, I confess that I consider the impact of looking at a work virtually different from “live”. However, it is a very necessary and comprehensive resource.

About the future of art in Brazil, fortunately I have resources from my other professions, but I understand and sympathize with the need for artists who live on art, selling to survive and unfortunately the less extensive the culture / education / income of the place / country the less art is acquired and the more cultured and prosperous the more art is no longer a superfluous acquisition / contemplation.

As for Brazilian art, I am an optimistic person, I support a prosperous Brazil with an abundant culture.

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1- Where did you born? And what is your academic training? I was born in Santos, SP. I have a degree in Architecture and Urbanism from PUCCAMP and Building Technician from UNITAU. I am also a Graphic Designer and photographer (school of arts and design Arquitec, IDEA institute, Neopix, among others). I studied arts, music and ballet at the “Carlos Gomes Music and Plastic Arts Conservatory”, in Campinas-SP, “Conservatory of Music and Plastic Arts Maestro Fego Camargo”, in Taubaté-SP and several free courses in different locations. 2- How and when you give your…

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