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The Fortress in The Desert [Chicago, May 1989]
One day, while I was erasing a stone in the lithography studio at the School of The Art Institute, I noticed a design on a plastic sheet used to protect the paper when under the lithographic press.

It had been formed by water drops dried onto its surface and it immediately reminded me of Dino Buzzati's Il deserto dei tartari.

My art at the time often depicted a lone figure observing sometimes calm, sometimes tumultuous scenes. That's where the figure at the bottom right and its shadow came from.
Entered on: 2004-12-28 00:00:00.
Pomona [Sao Paulo, Brazil, April 1988]
This piece was a turning point in my artwork. I was very much influenced by Marino Marini's study of Etruscan art. At the same time, I felt the strong influence of Amerindian body painting traditions.

I remember feeling deep in myself the whole debate about the usefullness of art in our society. I observed how, in "primitive" societies, warriors used body paint and other forms of sculpture and representation to signify power; how women painted their bodies to express their personalities.

We adopted fairly standardized ways of clothing ourselves, and homogenizing our look (with suits) has become a way to mingle in many cultures, trying to dull out the colors we wear to avoid arousing emotions which might be detrimental to our business.
Entered on: 2004-12-28 00:00:00.
Labirinto [Sao Paulo, Brazil, March 1988]
This project took me many months to finish, but I started it when I was in Brasil.

It is a series of 101 linoleum plates, telling a story without words.
Entered on: 2006-11-13 05:01:57.

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