"Abaporu": the personification of the Brazilian people

The story and meaning behind Brazil's most iconic and primitive painting

"Abaporu" is one of the most recognizable paintings done by a Brazilian artist. The gigantic figure is a perfect illustration of Brazil and its people. From the disproportional body to the vibrant and bright colors, everything about this canvas reflects the past and present of a diverse and complex country.

The Movement

The glories and achievements of Brazil are intrinsically attached to the land. We were…



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Beatriz Freitas

Brazilian. Third-year medical student. Love arts and social science.