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Beatrix Milhazes 1960- Brazil

This week we had a lot of fun creating festive collages inspired by the contemporary Brazilian, artist/activist Beatriz Milhazes. She was born in Rio de Janeiro in 1960, the daughter of a lawyer and an art historian. She is best known for her colorful abstract collage-like paintings and prints swirling with geometric and arabesque shapes, that are inspired by both indigenous Brazilian and Modernist European design elements. The results are a joyous display of color and exude the energy of Carnaval. Her opulent compositions have made her the most successful Brazilian painter in the world.

She represented Brazil at both the San Paulo Biennale and the Venice Biennale and has created several large public art projects, in Paris, London and, at the Tokyo Museum of Contemporary Art. Her paintings are in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the Guggenheim, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Banco Itaú, and the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía.

 Week One: Cave Paintings

It has been an eventful week in our Art Literacy class. We have been all around the world.  I would like to thank all of my wonderful students for their great efforts. We began with the story of the discovery of the discovery of cave paintings in Lascaux,  France  and also looked at images from  Spain , where the oldest known cave paintings have been found,  in the cave called El Castillo. The prehistoric dots and crimson hand stencils are now the world's oldest known cave art that dates more than 40,800 years old.

© Serene Greene- Art Literacy Academy
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