In creative, amusing and sometimes poetic ways, Brazilian Folk Art shows various aspects of the daily lives of numerous different segments of the population that make up the country. The artists show us little known areas of their lives - their fantasies, the way they relate to the real and the symbolic, to the sacred and the profane. This body of art reveals an exceptional richness, unrivaled in similar work produced in other parts of the world.

This kind of art displays works that are considered to be evidence of the social and cultural contrasts found in Brazil - a huge country, continental in size and pluralistic and multi-ethnic in society. In these pieces we can find the fundamental values of our ethos in which racial miscegenation, religious diversity and a mixture of customs are steeped an inexhaustible fountain of traditions, rhythms and spectacles.

Production can be found almost everywhere in the country. Folk art springs from well-known artists, through the creation of a specific and independent work, as well as in communities where folk art flourishes as part of a collective effort.

The principal regions where artists are concentrated are: Alto do Moura, Tracunhaém, Recife and Olinda, in the State of Pernambuco; the Vale do Jequitinhonha and the small cities and towns in the southern part of the State of Minas Gerais. It is in places like these where artists who express themselves in various different ways once lived or are living still. Alto do Moura, Pernambuco, which boasts such outstanding artists as Luíz Antônio, Manuel Galdino, Manuel Eudócio, Marliete, Mestre Vitalino, Zé Caboclo and Zé Rodrigues. In Tracunhaém, Pernambuco, one can find the legacy of Antônia Bezerra Leão, Baé, Lídia Vieira, Maria Amélia, Zé Antônio and Zezinho. In Olinda and Recife, Pernambuco we see the works of: Adriano, Antônio Barbosa, Benedito José dos Santos, Bigode, Capitão Pereira, Joel, Nhô Caboclo and Saúba. In the Vale do Jequitinhonha, Minas Gerais, we find Ana do Baú, Cícera Candida, João Alves, Maria Alves, Noemisa and Ulisses. And in the South of Minas are the works of: Adão de Lourdes, Antônio Julião, Antônio de Oliveira and Geraldo Telles de Oliveira (GTO). There are other regions, where we do not find the same kind of intense production as in the areas mentioned above, but that can also claim great artists. This is the case of Adalton Fernandes Lopes, in the State of Rio de Janeiro; Antônio Poteiro, in the State of Goiás; Mestre Didi, in the State of Bahia; Laurentino, in the State of Paraná; and Edgar and Nino, in the State of Ceará.

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