Louco Filho

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Celestino Gama da Silva, better known as Louco Filho. Bahia is also, like his father, the Fool (Boaventura da Silva Filho, 1932-1992) who devoted himself to sculpture for over thirty years. Louco Filho has eight siblings, he and three others who followed the career of being a sculptor. His father was born in 1932 in Cachoeira, city Recôncavo Baiano, located 120 km from Salvador. Louco and his brother Clóvis, known as “crazy” (maluco), were barbers. At a time when his office will no longer barber was yielding as before, decided to supplement the family income making wooden pipes. His wife Alice was responsible for collecting branches cajazeiras for the manufacture of pipes. The idea worked. Crazy became successful in the city with their pipes and became a bestseller. That’s when he decided to go for larger projects, carving doors and tables and carving pieces of up to two meters, always in wood – rosewood, Viaticum, and sucupira jacket. Louco devoted himself to sculpture for over thirty years, during which built a vast gallery of characters who easily move between the Catholic imagination and the african-Bahian sculpture; the very titles of his pieces reveal this duplicity. However, despite this “transit” of Catholicism, his style is much influenced by the African roots. An example is the Christ presenting his dark features and his Last Supper being held by black slaves. With the success in the art market, Louco able to build a large house in the town of Cachoeira, where his studio worked and lived with the family. With his wife Alice, the artist had nine children, including four professionally followed the art world of sculpture: Celestino Silva – Louco Filho, Mario Silva – Mario Filho do Louco, João Silva – João Filho do Louco, José Silva – Zé Filho do Louco and the third generation with Wallace Silva – Neto do Louco and Leonardo Silva – Grandson do Louco. Louco participated in many exhibitions around the world, among the most important we can mention the exhibition: The creative spirit of the Brazilian people (Brasilia, 1972), Brazilian Seven and their universe (Recife, 1974), 2nd Festac Lagos (Nigéria, 1977 ) and mostra Brésil, arts populaires (France, 1987). Louco died in 1992, but before that managed to make his name among the greats of Brazilian sculpture of the twentieth century.

Size: 116 x 20 x 5 cm.

Price: R$ 1,500.00.

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