Inside the studio with Antonio Obá

The artist’s search for the identity of his own body led him to the body image’s cardinality in his work. Obá’s paintings unite family photographs and historical and mythological events, presenting religiosity as the guiding thread of the various cultural layers in Brazil, but also personal layers of the artist’s own identity. His work invite us into the artist’s intimacy, in a resumption of a feeling, almost instinct, but denser than rationality that allows us to comprehend, which is not exactly about ‘understanding.’ Obá crossed the superficialities of references and gave the soul of an artist who now knows about his body and understands it as a geographical, political and human space, beyond body, memory, and history, which once triggered cannot be erased again.


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