Dalva DuarteMagazine Art + Culture | 02 Feb 2018
It all started when Dalva was three years old, when she discovered coal and began to paint her house´s walls. The mud, in different tones was kept in jars, sticks, brooms, even her own fingers – everything served for her to express herself. She lived in her grandfather`s farm, in the interior of Brazil, having no access to museums or, even at the time, to school. "I thought I was creating painting."
Moving to a small town enabled her to go to school, but then again the frustration of using merely coloured pencils. Therefore, she kept using her materials up until her father, whose support “was fundamental", bought her "a set of oils and brushes". At this point, she initiated "to paint on pieces of wood and on recuperated pieces of metal".
Today, Dalva Duarte, an admirer of Picasso from a very young age, lives and works in France – having before lived in England and in the United States – but still fails to describe her artistic style. She does not try to put herself "in a mold or box" since "freedom of expression is essential [for her]".
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Text: Inês Mendes
Photos: Claude Fougeirol, Philippe Petiot, William Renner
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