Expedito's skilful hands remove the excesses from the stone, allowing what appears to be hidden within it. This is how he describes his work: "I see within the stone what it wants to be."
It is impossible not to be infected by the smile and spontaneity of the master artisan sculptor Expedito Jonas de Jesus. He makes it seem easy to create beautiful sculptures in soapstone without even making a drawing first. It is as simple as that: he spends time looking at the stone until he sees, inside it, what it wants to be and then just uses his chisel to remove fragments that do not belong to him.
Voluptuous women, cherubs, flowers, lions, elephants. A gift, a passion, an art.
For me Expedito has the soul of an artist and he allows her to guide him through life, because they are proud to be who he is.
Artisans, gold that flourish by hands
Making an allusion to the gold taken from Brazil by the Portuguese crown during the colonial period, the Artisans collection wants to show that the true Brazilian gold is still here, latent, waiting to be found.
There is an immense wealth stored in every artisan of this country, we just have to get rid of stereotypes and learn to see. The pieces of the collection are inspired by five artisans from Tiradentes (MG) and their different expertise.
Through them I present my gaze on the work of each one. There are dressers, tables, mirrors and lamps with the soul of each artisan and mine too.
Artisans are our wealth, our roots, our culture. Carvings, sculptures, embroidery and the like emerge from their hands, from their hearts love, respect and sensitivity. An honor for me that they allow me to enter their worlds and bring them into mine. Artisans Collection is a tribute to them, the people responsible for passing on much of our traditions.
Soapstone Sculpture from Tiradentes, MG - Brazil Wood work from Jaú and São Paulo, SP - Brazil
2019 | Artisans, the gold that emerges through the hands | Yankatu Gallery | São Paulo, SP - Brazil 2018 | Artisans, the gold that emerges through the hands | Tiradentes, MG - Brazil 2018 | MADE fair | São Paulo, SP - Brazil