Maurino Araujo, an important sculptor from Minas Gerais, died on 7/29, had leukemia. He misses and a vast work with its striking feature. Our tribute to Mestre Maurino.
Biography: Maurino – Born in Rico Casca, Minas Gerais, in 1949, he is a self-taught sculptor and painter, having received a strong influence from the Mineiro Baroque movement, especially from the Christian São João del Rey hagiology. He participated in several individual and collective exhibits, the chief ones being: Latin-American Artists, Brussels, Belgium (1973); Bienal de São Paulo (1976); Negro and African Art and Culture, Lagos, Nigeria (1977); Museum of Modern Art, São Paulo (1981); 5th National Art Salon, Belo Horizonte, (1982); Bonino Gallery, Rio de Janeiro (1983); Folk Artists from Belo Horizonte, UFMG Cultural Center, Belo Horizonte (1996); Black in Body and Soul, Redescobrimento Show, Manoel da Nóbrega Pavillion, Parque Ibirapuera, São Paulo (2000); Four Waterpainters and One Sculptor, Maurino Araújo Special Room, Galeria Agnus Dei, Belo Horizonte (2003). Several prizes were awarded to him and he is the only Brazilian artist with a work in the Vatican Museum (a bishop’s crosier offered the pope John Paul 2nd by the Brazilian government). Roberto Burle Marx (1909-1994) built special quarters in his own ranch, by the old Barra de Guaratiba road, Rio de Janeiro, especially for lodging Maurino Araujo’s sculptures. This Mineiro sculptor has works in the Pampulha Art Museum, Belo Horizonte, and Minas Gerais, in local and international museums, foundations, and both public and private institutions. He participate in numerous private art collections in Brazil and abroad.
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