Maria Auxiliadora:The Self Taught Brazilian Painter From Minas Gerais And Most Influential In The History Of Art And Western Culture

Her full name is maria auxiliadora da silva one of brazil’s most famous and influential painter,1935-1974.

She’s the eldest daughter of her parents who had 18 children;Her mother was an artists that carved from woods and her father a musician,her siblings were also into art,they paint sculpted and wrote poetry.

She studied embroidery at age 9 and it evolved when she grew older and started hanging out with a group of afro friends that were artist poets and novelists.

She left school early and went to work as a house carer,but continued to practice.

Her techniques are mixing oil with other liquid coatings with strands of her hair,and uses that theme to paint pictures of her lifestyles spirituality and romantic experiences. You can just tell by her paintings that she was very lively and not afraid of strong colours and also a female that likes nature.

She was described as very intelligent attractive and eccentric,most of her time was spent locked away in her pink studio and spent hours there painting. Her friends and family said that da silva use to talk to herself and her paintings while she worked.

She has done over 200 paintings and 81 of those are in the art museum of sao paulo museu de arte. Many of her paintings depict where she grew up in minas gerais,the plantation,and what took place such as carnivals candomble dances,sambo kings and queens. In her self portrait in 1973 she painted herself working among the trees.

She died at age 39 from cancer;probably from the mixture of oil and other forms of liquid that she mixed the oil with to complete her work. Her characters are vibrant lively and extremely bright. Check out her art below,they’re full of energy and life.

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