Juarez Machado is almost 70 years old and it's a landmark at the Brazilian paitings. But he's also a sculptor, drawer, caricaturist, designer, scenographer, mimic, writer, photographer and actor. However, the multifaceted artist never scattered.
Considered a prodigy, he showed his talent since a young age. He was 20 when got awards in Curitiba, Brazil, where he studied at the Music and Fine Arts School. At this beginning, his humoristical drawings, mimics and visual programming were in relief. When he moved to Rio de Janeiro in 1965, though, he started dedicating himself entirely to painting and achieved national recognition.
From that on, he got many awards in Brazil and abroad, as in Italy and in Japan. His works were considered as an "ode to the sensual and sophisticated woman". In 1978, he left Brazil and started traveling around the world: New York, London and Paris were some of the chosen cities. Then, he started living at the latter, installing there a studio. He makes frequent expositions in Europe and USA, living on these days among his three main studios: Paris -- a place where he spends most part of his time, Rio de Janeiro and Joinville -- his homeland.
"Art for me is a trial for knowing my own size, my limits in the past, my measures in the present, my space in the future", said Juarez on an interview to a Joinville newspaper. Women are a recurring theme on his works, as much as the seduction game and the social life. Warm colors are present in many works: yellows, reds and maroons with a very unique expressionist touch.
"I'm not a single-picture painter. I'm a history painter. I'm not interested on painting a single picture about a single theme. I paint a theme. An exposition has this kind of sense to me. I need a theme. Before producing my pictures, I start a research. Then, I read everything about this theme, I visit the places, I memorize the landscapes, I let my imagination play" he said on the same interview.
Questioned about the difficulty of an non-occidental artist on getting artistic relevance, Juarez blames the museum because of this fail. "You just get into an important museum after getting some recognition. They don't find the great artists. They are only interested by the work of an artist when this artist is around great collectors."
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