According to a famous Brazilian soap opera writer, the typical Brazilian woman is a black housemaid named Maria.

In fact, the Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics (IBGE) shows that there are 11.7 million Marias in Brazil (the most common name in the country) and 54% of the population is black.

A survey released in 2010 by the International Labor Organization (ILO), shows that from a total of 52.6 million domestic workers worldwide, 7.2 million are Brazilians and 93% of them are women.

However, there is no evidence that these combined data confirm the stereotype mentioned above, nor describe properly the profile of the Brazilian women. But it's a good start...

 

« As Marias » is a series inspired by the Brazilian women. Those that, regardless their color or occupation, are proud, strong and unique!

As Marias : Maria Vindima (2017)
As Marias : Maria Vindima (2017)

Acrylic, enamel and recycled materials (pieces of fabric and wine corks) on canvas (90cm x 90cm)

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As Marias : Maria Teresa (2017)
As Marias : Maria Teresa (2017)

Acrylic, enamel and a mosaic of recycled materials (pieces of fabric, stones, tiles, gems and buttons) on canvas (90cm x 90cm)

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As Marias : Maria Paraguaçu (2017)
As Marias : Maria Paraguaçu (2017)

Acrylic, enamel and recycled materials (cables and threads) on canvas (90cm x 90cm)

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As Marias : Maria Clarice (2017)
As Marias : Maria Clarice (2017)

Acrylic, enamel, natural pigments of Roussillon and recycled materials (pieces of fabric and Yellow Pages) on canvas (90cm x 90cm).

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As Marias : Maria Zuzu (2017)
As Marias : Maria Zuzu (2017)

Acrylic, enamel and recycled materials (pieces of fabric and buttons) on canvas (90cm x 90cm)

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As Marias : Maria da Penha (2016)
As Marias : Maria da Penha (2016)

Acrylic and recycled materials (pieces of fabric, buttons and 56 electric plugs) on canvas (90cm x 90cm). Homage to Maria da Penha.

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As Marias : Maria Fernanda (2016)
As Marias : Maria Fernanda (2016)

Acrylic, enamel and recycled materials (newspaper and buttons) on canvas (90cm x 90cm).

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As Marias : Maria Esmeralda (2016)
As Marias : Maria Esmeralda (2016)

Oil, acrylic, enamel and recycled materials (nails, screws, pieces of fabric and buttons) on canvas (90cm x 90cm).

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