Title: Vidas do Babaçu
Design technique: Mista sobre MDF. Year: 2020.
Size: 0,90 x 1,83 x 0,015m.
Daniel is a self-taught artist who was born in Vitória do Mearim (PA). At the age of two, he moved with his family to an agrarian settlement that gave rise to the town of Igarapé do Meio (PA). His works portray scenes from the local daily life. Nowadays, he earns his living selling commissioned canvases painted in acrylic paint, and painting panels, signs and facades. He has already participated in other group shows, but this was the first time he was invited to work in a project with such a scope.
In his panel Vidas do Babaçu (Babaçu Lives) shown here, he mixes acrylic painting techniques to portray his mother who, although she is engaged in other activities today, still uses the traditional way of cutting coconuts to extract babassu oil. According to the artist, this kind of ritual shows an arduous, but beautiful and very true feature of the local culture. The title of the panel is a tribute to his mother and the palm tree, which represents the livelihood of many people.