"I became interested in mystic themes. I questioned myself about the existence of a divinity. This changed my understanding of human existence."
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Correa dos Santos, on April 2015. A great and talented artist, admired by many, he collaborated with Novica since 2004. Our thoughts are with his son and granddaughters.
"As with the majority of artists, my awakening to art occurred when I was quite young. At the age of about 14, I began to experiment with all kinds of materials. I didn't know what materials were appropriate to painting, as I was a poor child from the interior without access to many things. I embarked on my dream of being a painter, and nature was my first inspiration. Totally self-taught, my first challenge was to achieve the technical rigor of academic painters and I did so. I established myself as a landscape and seascape painter.
"With time, my challenge had been won and I started to feel an enormous disinterest in finishing the paintings I started. That was when I began to change my style. My landscapes took on subtler tones, freer brushstrokes – they began to appear less academic, more impressionistic. Parallel to this, I became interested in mystic themes. I questioned myself about the existence of a divinity. This changed my understanding of human existence.
"The challenge of the unknown and the search for a divine reality revealed things that are beyond my human limitations. Among them, the question of angels soon became a theme in my art. I do not possess, however, a conceptual vision regarding angels and religion. I have a very personal point of view on the mystery of these luminous beings.
"I feel realized as an artist because I have been able to create a style of my own. Today I can show the result of more than 38 years of this career to people in the entire world through Novica. Over the course of these years, I have exhibited my works mainly in Rio de Janeiro."