Chapter 3 – Of all colors and dreams
Descending from the Pataxó tribe, Arissana develops an artistic production in diverse techniques addressing the indigenous theme as part of the contemporary world. She studied Plastic Arts at the Federal University of Bahia and developed, throughout her studies, activities of extension of art education with the Pataxó people: workshops and production of didactic material. In addition to the Pataxó, she continues to work with other indigenous peoples of Bahia with activities of art education and production of didactic material.
Roberto Leal is a Portuguese singer based in Brazil. His musical career boomed in the 70’s on the Chacrinha tv show. Through music, Leal is an ambassador of Portuguese culture in Brazil.
Kazuo is on the chapter on ethnicity, but could well be in the chapter “Time to Create”, because, at age 87, he remains active. The painter was born in Kobe, Japan, and studied art in traditional schools in the country. Moved to São Paulo in 1961. Alongside Manabu Mabe and Tomie Ohtake is one of the exponents of Japanese origin of the plastic arts in Brazil.
The Bahia-born singer became known in the 1990s as one of the voices who sang the axé and black culture in songs full of references to African culture. Besides being a vocalist, she is also a composer, actress and theater director. The Los Angeles Times compared her to Aretha Franklin.
A son of an Uruguayan and a Brazilian, Jaime Prades was born in Madrid, Spain, and lived closely with artists, friends of his parents, during childhood. He came to Brazil when he was 11 years old. When he was 25, in 1983, he joined the legendary group Tupinãodá, known for his urban experiences that started from interference in public places until he became a reference of graffiti and street art. From 2009 he began building evocative sculptures of trees, using pieces of wood collected from the streets and dumpsters of the city. In recent years his work has been marked by a constant mutation and an environmental concern.