If you're an artist, what kind of art do you make?
I am natural of a small city Urandi, Bahia,Brazil. where I lived the first years of life. To the six years, my mother takes the decision to come to São Paulo and, never more I came back toward my native city, today I am 73 years, living and working in São Paulo,Brazil.
About my artwork
The essence of life in the sculptures of Alvaro Franklin
In the Silence of his studio in São Paulo, the sculptur dedicates himself to his new phase: Germinetion.
To break with the established and secure and attempt something greater: such a transformation calls for strength, in addition to perseverance, a bit of restlessness and, above all, dedication. Alvaro Franklin da Silveira waited for right time before seeking new horizons in sculpture. He researched, reflected, got stronger. Now, with the confidence of an artist who has achieved his best, he shows the word his unique and moving work.
All of pieces transmit a feeling of life. The seed germinates under the earth becomes entwined in the roots, growing towards the surface in search of oxygen. At last it breaks through the soil and rises victoriously in the form of a bud. “The designs and the possibilities of movement are endless. Germination has a magical way of materializing, starting from the union of two parts: the masculine and feminine”. Says the artist, who had the idea of recording nature during the birth of his son, Saul.
And he chose to do in a stylized, but comprehensible, way. The balance and the enchanting lightness he succeeds in giving the se heavy blocks of white or rose-colored marble, blue granite and red quartzite also make one thing very clear: Franklin has tremendous experience and superior skill for working with stone. And, unlike many sculptors, he actually creates and executes his own pieces of work. His first contact with art took place very early in the sculptor’s life. Born in Bahia, in the town of Urandi, as a child he was dazzled by his grandfather’s modeling and casting of tools. “To me, it seemed that he was capable of giving form to everything he touched. That went straight into my blood”, says the artist. At six years of age, living in the town of Araçatuba, in São Paulo state, he was encouraged by his elementary school teacher to sign his first piece of work: Three pigeons (a white, a red, and black one) carved in bas-relief on a piece of wood.
“By then l already sensed that sculpting would forever be a part of my life”.
Between 1948 and 1956, Franklin took a General Arts course at the São Paulo School of Arts and Crafts. He took classes in drawing, modeling and sculpture. Later on he studied philosophy, a subject that developed his sensitivity to art even further. After improving his working with stone, a material that requires a demanding and lengthy process, he sculpted abstract figure: female nudes and stylized flowers. Today, 73 Years of age and with an enviable energy level, he is dedicating himself wholeheartedly to the Germination phase.
With an exhibit scheduled for march in São Paulo, he works up to 10 hours a day in his studio-workshop. And he never – not even for a minute – forgets what he considers to be the true meaning of art: “to sensitize others “.
And Franklin really does just that. Intensely!
News article of the magazine Oceanair
By Eliane Mesquita
Artists I like
Emendabili told me at Liceu: ‘when you do your work, you your time’s work’. Well, to me it was difficult, because I came from an academic school. After that, I went through a research process. I researched Antiquity, Greek artists, African, Colombian arts, Brazilian Indians. I liked seeing master Vitalino. I have to mention master Aleijadinho. There are Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, Cellini, Vasari, Giovanni Bologna, Bernini, Falconet, Canova, Schadow. In XIX and XX centuries, there are Rodin, Brancusi, Jean Arp, Bárbara Hepwordth, Matisse, Maillol, Wotruba, Henry Moore. I am passioned by all of them and I can say that all of them can influenced me somehow. This research was necessary for me to find myself as an artist, because I can’t do anything else.
What exhibitions are good at the moment?
From 1975 he devoted his self to sculpture only, becoming one of the exclusive
artists of the Office of Art Renato Magalhães Gouvêa (“Escritório de Arte -
Renato Magalhães Gouvêa”), taking part in a series of collective exhibitions
and different projects in São Paulo and other cities of Brazil. We can mention
as most important the listed below:
- Collective Exhibition named: “Arte no Brasil – Uma História de V Séculos”,
at the Modern Art Museum, in São Paulo/SP;
- Collective Exhibition named: “Escultura Brasileira”, at Artes-Paço Gallery,
- Execution of different Art Projects to DURATEX Company, in São Paulo/SP;
- Collective Exhibition named: “Um século no Brasil”, at the Modern Art
Museum, in São Paulo/SP;
- Took part at the exhibition “Alumínio na Arte”, together with other 5 artists,
invited by ALCOA Aluminum S.A. Company, in São Paulo/SP;
- Took part at the book named: “Bandeiras de Brecheret” (History of a Monument),
by Marta Rossetti Batista, published in 1985;
- Took part at the collective exhibition named: “10 Paulistas em Brasília”,
promoted by Pronav/LBA, in Brasília/DF;
- Invited by Salles Inter American Advertising Agency, to execute 70 exclusive
sculptures, in bronze;
- Executes different sculptures, in marble, to new wing of Israeli Hospital
“Albert Einstein”, in São Paulo/ SP.
From 1993 on, started a partnership with Mr. Claudio Alonso, collector and
merchant in the EUA, which supported him to include many sculptures in private
collections in different countries, like: France, Spain, Italy, Holland, USA.
“Germinação em Paralelo” Nova Andre galeria, São Paulo
“Alguns Contemporâneos” Centro Cultural, Embu das Artes - SP
Do we always get what we deserve?
Do we ?
Unfortunatelly -hope is the final request .This world needs hope,and faith -are we willing to sacrifice ourselves ????
the rainbow has sunk in the sea of our heart!
I work for 26 years as an artist without education.
Now I have accumulated a treasure in pieces of art,
however, i´am not able to survive without help.
Do you have similar experiences.
Is it necessairy to be studied, to be able of life as an artist ?