Santídio Pereira

(this page was last updated in August 2022)

Isaías Coelho, Brazil, 1996.
Lives and works in São Paulo, Brazil.
Represented by Estação Gallery

PIPA Prize 2022 nominee.

The young artist Santídio Pereira was born in Curral Comprido, a small village located in the state of Piauí, northeast of Brazil. He migrated to São Paulo as a child and soon joined Instituto Acaia, a private, non-profit NGO that assists children and adolescents living near Ceagesp, where he also worked. It was at the age of eight, through the workshops at Ateliescola Acaia that Santídio began his artistic practice. And it is precisely the images of the memories preserved since his childhood, both from his homeland and from later experiences, that today comprise the guiding bias in Santídio Pereira’s work. The woodcut served the first interests of the artist, who developed his own working procedures, such as what he calls “incision, cut and fitting”, that is, the composition through the combination of several cut matrices, like pieces of a jigsaw puzzle. In addition to providing a game of colors through the accumulation and juxtaposition of ink, this technique allows subverting the multiplicity function so characteristic of engraving. Over time, the materiality of the inks worked on the paper became the protagonist of Santídio’s investigation and to this day it guides his artistic production.


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