Taubaté artisan celebrates life and love in exhibition

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Brazilian artisan and Gift Brazil collective member Decio de Carvalho is taking part in an exhibition in his hometown of Taubaté that is all about celebrating life and love.

The event Arte & Vida (Art & Life, in Portuguese) is an initiative of the Instituto de Oncologia do Vale (IOV), a cancer institute based in the São Paulo state city of Taubaté, which aims at improving the quality of life of patients by showcasing the artworks at the hospital building.

Carvalho is part of the famous Figureiros de Taubaté artisan group, as well as a teacher and activist in areas such as promoting inclusion of people with visual disabilities through art.

The artisan’s collection of items for the exhibition includes various interpretations of the root of all of life’s emotions: love. Carvalho’s work in terracotta clay is inspired in his passions – folk characters and writers of the Paraíba Valley region in the south of São Paulo state, where Taubaté is located,  mix effortlessly with items based on various works of William Shakespeare.

By placing the items in a room with a door that invites people to literally enter the the world of the artist, the curators of the exhibition sought to find a “different, creative and impactful way to generate curiosity.”

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The exhibition Arte & Vida will be open to the public until August 22 at the IOV institute at Avenida John Fitzgerald Kennedy, 856, Jardim das Nações – Taubaté – SP.