Beatriz Milhazes, ‘Havai (Hawaii)’, 2003, Phillips


From the Catalogue:
...I have always felt like an abstract painter. Abstraction has always been my reference. European and, later on, Brazilian modernism might both be references for my work. Especially one painter, Tarsila de Amaral, was very influential. She started in Brazil and mixed all the knowledge she acquired in Europe with her culture in Brazil. It was also what she did: first the real link was color. It is as if it is color what makes everything happen. I could not be geometric in the way of using cubes, squares, rectangles or triangles, my work cannot think only in terms of geometry and geometric shapes. I needed elements that I could develop and use like the shape of a flower representing some motif. But the shape of this flower is less important than its color; even if I had a good, beautiful shape of a flower, it would never work unless I had chosen the perfect color. (RES Art World/World Art, No. 2, May 2008, p. 4)
Courtesy of Phillips

Signature: Signed, dated, titled, and numbered 11/40 in pencil on the reverse (there were also 8 artist's proofs)

Publisher: Durham Press, Pennsylvania (with their blindstamp)

About Beatriz Milhazes

Although she is based in the busy metropolis of Rio de Janeiro, Beatriz Milhazes draws inspiration from nature and its forms, which are central components in her work. Colorful floral imagery pervades her compositions, which often feature circular mandala-like patterns. “My work is about nature, the changes in nature, its colors—they’re all part of my motivation as an artist,” she says. “I need nature around me.” Other references in her work include 19th century embroidery and the vibrant patterns of contemporary Carnivale costumes. Milhazes, once the representative for Brazil at the Venice Biennale, practices an unusual method, in which she paints onto plastic sheets and then transfers the images to canvas after they dry. The resulting work is crisp and flat, and as brightly colored as the models on which it’s based.

Brazilian, b. 1960, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, based in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil