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Emanoel Araújo
Emanoel Araújo (1940-2022) was a Brazilian visual artist and museologist. In the 1960s, Emanoel Araújo moved from Bahia to São Paulo, where he became part of the vibrant art scene. He continued to develop his artistic practice and established himself as an influential sculptor in Brazil. During this period, he also embarked on a journey of discovering and preserving African and Afro-Brazilian art forms, recognizing the importance of these cultural treasures in the formation of Brazilian identity. Emanoel Araújo's work is characterized by a harmonious blend of African, Afro-Brazilian, and modernist aesthetics. His sculptures often feature human figures, mythological beings, and abstract forms, imbued with a sense of spirituality and cultural significance. Araújo's work celebrates the beauty and diversity of African and Afro-Brazilian heritage, highlighting themes of identity, memory, and resilience. Some specific influences include Yoruba textile traditions and orisha mythos.  He also founded the Museu Afro Brasil in 2004. This museum stood to highlight and celebrate those of African descent in Brazil. He served as curator and executive director until his death. He studied printmaking and engraving at the Escola de Belas Artes da Bahia (UFBA). 
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Medium

Sculpture
Painting
Mixed Media

Style

Abstract
Conceptual
Sculpture

Theme

Spirituality
Memory
Community
History
Race

Regions

South America

Time Period

Abstract
Conceptual
Sculpture

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