Emanoel Araujo

Bahia, 1940


Emanoel Alves de Araújo is a brazilian sculptor, designer, illustrator, costume and set designer, printmaker, curator and museologist, born in Santo Amaro da Purificação, Bahia, in 1940. In his work, reaches for inspiration in his roots (Emanoel is descendent of a third generation of big goldsmiths), in his hometown, a natural beauty scenery, typically from Bahia and in your ideas to represent the world, whether is about the past, or about the present, like slavery, lost of lands to colonizers, the african presence in brazilian culture, among many other factors.

In the 60's, moved to Salvador, with intentions to study Architecture but ended studing at Belas Artes School of Federal University of Bahia (UFBA) - soon after having his first individual exhibition, in 1959 - where he studied printmaking with Henrique Oswald.

Created and directed the Museu de Arte da Bahia (MAB), between 1981 and 1983, besides exposing individually at Mudeu de Arte de São Paulo (MASP). Was invited, in 1988, to teach graphic arts and sculpture at the Arts College, in The City University of New York. Was director of Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo, from 1992 to 2002, and was responsible for your revitalization. Starting in 2004, is the curator and director of Museu Afro-Brasil, with pieces of his collection and in 2005 was Municipal Secretary of Culture.

In 2007, was honored by Tomie Ohtake Institute, with the exhibition "Autobiografia do Gesto", which gathered pieces from 45 years of his career.

Gold Medal, at the 3rd Bienniel Graphic Arts in Florence, Italy (1972)
Best Printmaker, by the Associação Paulista de Críticos de Arte (APCA) (1973)
Best Sculptor, by the Associação Paulista de Críticos de Arte (APCA) (1983)

Emanoel Araujo