MASP presents the solo show Dalton Paula: Brazilian Portraits, curated by Adriano Pedrosa, MASP artistic director, Glaucea Britto, assistant curator at MASP, and Lilia Schwarcz, guest curator. The exhibition brings together 30 paintings of Black leaders and personalities who have historically been overlooked in Brazil.
The paintings are the result of an ambitious artistic project that includes a range of biographies, research, and collected documents, such as photos and clippings. In his process, the artist revisits issues of official historiography and art history as material for creating his portraits, in order to re-signify and give prominence to the contributions of people of African descent.
In his most recent work, the artist uses 22-karat gold leaf to adorn the hair of his subjects, highlighting the central importance of the head in Afro-Brazilian traditions as a sacred place and honoring the stories of these people—some of them kings and queens on the African continent—who were enslaved in Brazil.
Dalton Paula: Brazilian Portraits
On view until October 30, 2022
Avenida Paulista, 1578, Bela Vista.
São Paulo/SP, Brazil
Free for all visitors on Tuesdays, from 10 am to 8 pm (last entry 7 pm); Wednesday to Sunday, from 10 am to 6 pm (last entry 5 pm); closed Mondays.