Galeria Naiva (Romanian Journal of Naïve Art)
7th issue, nº 4, page 28/ winter 2017
Translated from Romanian by Nina Vaisman
This is a memorable display of Brazilian Naïve Art. An adage states that: “Beauty pleases God as well”. This is what happens to many of us who, although acting in other fields, are inclined towards the creative artistic side, and,unable to be creators, collect different art objects.
This passion of gathering things that delight the eyes often gives rise to private art collections, which in time become public.These passionate beauty lovers become art collectors who help preserve and promote artistic values.
Edna Matosinho de Pontes (photo), born in January 22, 1948, in Ourinhos, São Paulo State, fits into this role role of guardian of artistic values.Despite having studied Psychology and Marketing, professions she always practiced, she was attracted by the fascinating world of the arts, lending her loving participation to cultural manifestations. As time went by, she started to acquire art work and, from 1974 on, she was very attracted to naïve art. Thus, she became a passionate collector who shared her passion with people interested in the arts,openingthe virtual Galeria Pontes in 2008.
In pursuing her dream further, with the realization that the cultural space she set up was restricted to a small group of people, and desiring to turn more concrete her passion, Edna Matosinho de Pontes began a long journey of research into Brazilian folk art, visiting several regions of the Brazilian territory, coming into direct contact with thesecreators of Beauty.
After six years of study on this delicate but wonderful field of naïve art, she managed to fulfill her dream, publishing “Eu me ensinei” (“I taught myself”), an importantdocument of authentic Brazilian naïve art.
The book of 460 pages presents true testimonies on the creations of the 78 self-taught artists, selected by the author among all fields of popular art such as painting, sculpture and ceramics. Edna crossed, one by one, 12 Brazilian states from the Southeast to the North of Brazil, talking to each one of the creators who reveal in the pages of the book the little secrets that are at the base of their works. Thus, the book becomes a document of Brazilian cultural identity in which Edna, through her passion for the preservation of authenticity, enhances the most important testimonies of tradition and customs.
By exploring in depth the world of the autonomous uneducated creators, the author discovers the fascination of messages conveyed by means of color and three-dimensional forms. Thumbingthrough the book, we tread into a distant Brazil, discovering a world full of highly expressive characters that seem to be talking directly to you, telling of a dream world that lies beyond the seas and the whole wide ocean.