Art and Ideas – Surrealism: Inspired By Tarsila Do Amaral

Mon 29 Jul 2024





10.30am - 4pm

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Art and Ideas – Surrealism: Inspired By Tarsila Do Amaral

Art & Ideas: Inspired by artists of Latin America

Western art made by men has generally been at the forefront when we study the art movements and art history of the 20th Century. In this series of workshops we look at some female Latin American artists whose practices are as broad and compelling as their more well-known European male counterparts.

Political conflicts that took place in several South American countries during the 20th century heavily influenced artists who had initially taken inspiration from European and North American art movements, who adapted them to reflect their local and regional context.

During these sessions, participants will have a chance to learn about these fascinating female artists, their personal and socio-political context and how this influenced their work besides exploring the techniques and artistic elements observed in each session to create responses following their own ideas.

Tarsila do Amaral: Surrealism and Anthrophagy For the first session in this series we will be exeploring the art and ideas of Brazilian artist Tarsila do Amaral (1886 – 1972) in her home country. She was a painter and a translator. She is possibly the most refered to modern artist in Brazil however she remains little known outside of South America.

Abaporu translates to “the man who eats man”in Tupi Guarani, the indigenous language spoken largely in Paraguay as a second official language, and Argentina, Brazil and Bolivia mostly by the Guarani tribes. The painting was made for her husband Oswald Andrade, who was so amazed that decided to use it to represent the movement Anthropophagy, as a signature illustration and taking inspiration from it to write the Antropophagy Manifesto in 1928. This movement seeked to address the European artistic influences as a sort of ingestion taken in by the Brazilian culture, producing a modern Brazilian hybrid style. The name of this art movement was also influenced by the obsession revolving around cannibalistic practices documented among native

Brazilians and the obsession this caused in surrealist intellectuals and artists in Paris, in the 1920s. Take inspiration from her work and ideas and create your own surrealist inspired artworks. All materials provided


Artist and educator Ludmila Centurión grew up in Asunción, Paraguay where she studied and worked before moving to the UK to complete a MA in Creative Arts in Education at The University of Exeter. After graduating in 2021, she has chosen to stay in England to continue exploring the arts, arts education, creativity and this country’s diverse cultures. She has over 10 years of teaching art to a broad range of students, from children to adults. Her studies and workshops draw on the ideas of British philosopher and art historian, Sir Herbert Read and her own cultural heritage.

Workshop attendees get 10% off all food and hot drinks at the Café Bar.


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