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Exploring the visual arts

In his 40-year career, Mazé Andrade has exhibited different techniques and styles in more than 50 events.

Despite having built her life in the Northeast – between Paraíba and Pernambuco – the works of artist Mazé Andrade go beyond any border by bringing influences and reinterpretations from different places around the world. The repertoire of the “scientist of Beauty” denotes varied styles, mixing Classical with Primitivism, thus coining her own miscegenation.

Presenting a vast CV, which began in 1980, the artist explored, in her early years, the techniques of watercolor, pen and ink, monotype and metal engraving, later moving on to oil painting, lithography and sculptures, to which continues to dedicate himself in recent years. “It involves modeling in clay with different castings”, explains the artist, who mainly uses concrete and resin.

With works already published in different exhibitions, Mazé recalls that his first exhibitions were held between 1979 and 1980, at the Pernambuco State Museum. After this participation, other doors opened and, today, it holds around 50 events, in Pernambuco, Paraíba, Bahia, São Paulo, Germany (Frankfurt), Spain (Barcelona) and Romania. In the latter country, his engravings have already been incorporated into the contemporary art collection at Muzeul Florean.

The last exhibition took place in August 2019, at the Abolition Museum, a collective entitled “ African Cultures: art, myths and traditions”, promoted through a partnership between the institution and the Federal University of Pernambuco. “I was present with six masks produced from research into the art of some African tribes”, informs Mazé who, for this sample, used fiberglass. She highlights that the exhibition was directed by professor Suely Cisneiros, who has been following her work for many years and is considered a great friend. It was curated by anthropologist Paulo Lemos de Carvalho.

Animals, forests, women, objects and even aliens. They have all been subjects of Mazé Andrade's art. Despite this diversity, the artist credits her inspiration to nature and the beauty of people. She explains that she makes sculptures based on free drawings drawn from her imagination or after studies, as was the case with African masks. “I always like to play women, I’ve done very few men,” he says, laughing. For her, working in ceramics is “wonderful”, as it allows her to materialize her ideas and channel her energies into clay.

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