In Salvador da Bahia, the strength of the Brasilian visual culture is even more evident than usual. The historic Pelourinho centre is crammed full of baroque buildings – town houses, churches and institutions – with a wealth of colour and ornament to dazzle and delight the eye.
The interiors of the churches are heavily ornamented – in some cases to excess – the traditional crafts and the popular arte naif mode are well represented, and fine examples of high art, including wood carving, abound. You can understand why an artist might want to live in such a visually rich environment.
Forty years ago, Uruguyan sculptor Miguel Morois moved to Salvador da Bahia, and stayed. His work is displayed and sold at the Hotel Casa do Amarelindo in Pelourinho in Salvador. It’s a carefully restored nineteenth century town house which demonstrates the visual acuity of its owners.
Miguel carves and paints figures in wood of the gods or orixas of the candomble religious tradition. This work is medium scale – the figures stand 30 to 40 centimtres high – and they make good use of the bright colours traditionally associated with the various gods. More on them here http://www.casadoamarelindo.com/en/artigo/index/id/100
They stand comparison with the best of church statuary.
At Hotel Casa do Amarelindo, it’s not just the menu which offers a feast. More at http://theproverbial.org/2012/10/21/the-yellow-house/