This page describes pieces from my art collection ranging from paintings and sculptures from Brazil and Africa, Persian rugs, including rugs from South Asia and Kurdistan, metal works from Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan, paintings from India and Afghanistan, and jewelries from African tribes (Tuareg and Makonde), Bedouins from the Middle East and Afghan tribes.
Many people in my family, who seriously collected art, influenced my interest in Brazilian art. As a small child in Recife, capital of the state of Pernambuco, I knew Abelardo (Borges) Rodrigues and his famous collection. Today, part of that collection, the Arte Sacra Collection, is now at The Aberlardo Rodrigues Museum in Salvador, Bahia. Three decades later in Rio de Janeiro, my constant contacts and discussions with Augusto (Borges) Rodrigues in his atelier in the Largo do Boticario ignited my interested in art.
The impact of many discussions and interesting conversations was so profound that I soon embarked on my own mission in search of Brazilian art, influenced Poty, Mazinho, Abelardo Zaluar, Helio Petrus and others. It also opened the doors for me to meet other artists. In Rio de Janeiro , Anna Maria Mayolino was essential in providing me not only with constant discussions about abstract art but also introduced me to many artists. During the 1980s, I traveled many times to the state of Minas Gerais, specifically to the capital city Belo Horizonte and to the colonial cities of Ouro Preto and Mariana. Later in the same decade, I would embark on more enthusiastic projects in search of art that would take me to the states in the northeast of Brazil.
This page lists and describes many of my acquisitions during the 1980s. Some sections will be dedicated entirely to the works of some artists, such as The School of Cachoeira da Bahia, the artists of Minas Gerais, and Arte Sacra.
My interest in African art grew and developed after many years of seriously studying and collecting Brazilian art. My art studies naturally led me in the direction of the origin of Brazilian art in Africa. Slowly, I developed a deep interest to visit and live in countries in Africa, which influenced Brazilian culture. The more I learned about African culture and arts, the better I understood Brazilian culture.
During the early 1990s, my work took me to West Africa, specifically Guinea-Bissau and Cape Verde Island. Later, I lived and worked in Mozambique for four years. The African collection, which began very slowly in Guinea-Bissau, grew in quality and quantity with the many art forms found in Southern Africa. The most important influence however was by the people and the work of the Makonde tribe in Mozambique.
My real introduction to Africa arts and culture occurred in Mozambique. From Mozambique, it was just a jump across the border to the mountains of Swaziland to find Swati artists working with soapstone and wool tapestry. Soon the works of Shona artists of Zimbabwe were also included in the collection. Later, I had the opportunity to visit war-destroyed Angola, but found almost nothing except ivory sculptures from the Democratic Republic of Congo made by the Bakongo tribe. In 2002 an assignment to Nigeria introduced me to Yoruba culture for the first time. It was in Kano, in Northern Nigeria, that the full impact of Nigerian culture and arts was most visible.
Middle East and Asia