One year without Sidney Amaral

Daily body: affectivity, violence and expressive freedom

Although the theme of race is a constant in Sidney Amaral’s work, it is reductive to look at the work of the artist, who died last year on May 20th, only from that angle.

1 On the invisibility of contemporary black artists see: LOPES, Fabiana. Arte contemporânea no Brasil e as coisas que (não) existem. Accessed on 08/23/2017. On the black presence within a historical perspective, see: BISPO, Alexandre Araujo and FELINTO, Renata. on 08/23/2017. About the discussion of the concept of Afro-Brazilian art see: SILVA, Renato Araujo da. Arte afro-brasileira, altos e baixos de um conceito. São Paulo: Ferreavox, 2016.

2 ARAÚJO, Emanoel. “Um cavalheiro de fina estampa”. In: O Amor, o banzo e a cozinha da casa. Ipsis, 2015, pp.7.

3 The artist has work in the Museu Afro-Brasileiro, Salvador, Bahia; Museu Afro Brasil, São Paulo; Museo de La Solidaridad Salvador Allende, Chile; and Pinacoteca do Estado of São Paulo.

4 Psychoanalytic commentary on his work can be found at: Accessed on 08/24/2017

5 Incômodo, 2014, was acquired in 2015 by the Pinacoteca of the State of São Paulo. O estrangeiro, 2011, and O trono do rei, ou história do sanitarismo no Brasil, 2014, are in the collection of Itaú Cultural.

6 The exhibition took place from January 25 to April 25, 2015 at the Museu Afro Brasil. See: SILVA, Claudinei Roberto da. “A sedução do incômodo”, in: Sidney Amaral: O banzo, o amor e a cozinha da casa. Ipsis, 2015, pp.9-23.

7 Even before the worsening of Brazil’s current political crisis, “sectors of society exclusively committed to maintaining their own privileges” challenged the Funarte de Arte Negra project, “seeking even to interdict it judicially.” SILVA, 2015, p.9.

8 Film directed by Dominican filmmaker Leticia Tonos Paniagua, 2013, 96 minutes.

9 The theme of reactions to police violence appears in works such as: Davi, 2ª versão (2015); Encontro (2015); Discóbolo (2015); Sem título (2015).

10 For an analysis on the theme of race in two of his paintings, Imolação (2009/2014) and Gargalheira, quem falará por nós (2014), see: JUNIOR, José Nabor. Meu passado (não) me condena: memória, raça e identidade nas pinturas de Sidney Amaral. Available at:

11 Schwartz, Lilia, 2017. Raça, cor e linguagem. In: O racismo e o negro no Brasil: Questões para a Psicanálise. Kon, Noemi, Abud, Cristiane Curi, Silva, Maria Lúcia da (Orgs). 1st ed. São Paulo: Perspectiva, 2017, pp. 91-120.

12 See COSTA, Monica Rodrigues da. A arte é o molde de fazer. Available at: