GRAÇA ESTRELA – PLASTIC ARTIST
Born in Ipameri, State of Goiás, in the Midwest of Brazil.
From early on she devoted herself to painting. Self-taught, she went through several phases in which she painted everything from large houses to still life and portraits. But it was not until 1982, in the Chapada dos Guimarães in Cuiabá, dazzled by the birds of the Pantanal, that she found her true love, macaws. She has been researching this now endagered bird ever since.
She has visited several ecological reserves: Iguaçu in Foz do Iguaçu (Paraná), Serra de Carajás in Pará, Amazônia, Parque ecológico de Goiânia, Fazenda São Domingos and Parque das Primaveras in Caldas Novas, Goiás.
In a new phase, she now depicts the macaws from their birth, habitat, courtship, mating, movements and flights.
She spent hours in reserves, studying the movements and flights of the macaws.
Because of her passion for these birds, she has become known in the artistic circle as Graça das Araras, title of her exhibition, in 1977, in England, sponsored by the Ministry of Culture.
Her studio is located in Goiânia, where she lives.
She plans to publish a book entitled ‘A Graça das Araras’, and also to produce a film on these birds.
In her paintings shes uses the combined technique, acrylic and oil colors, straws, foliage, stones of Pirenópolis, canvas, and cords.
Graça says she loves the macaws, their strong coloring befits their personality. She herself is like the macaws; loyal, gregarious, friendly and faithful.
Miguel Jorge, a goiano writer, wrote:
“Nothing is more rewarding, at the beginning of this millennium, than to write about Graça Estrela, and her painstaking work that she has defined and ripened over the years. Extremely faithful to her research in the combined technique, the artist uses stones from Pirenópolis, granite powder, glue and acrylic filler in the highly dosed balance of her reliefs.
Graca’s bold blending of colors also expresses her concern for the environment. Her paintings give pause to such concerns, symbolically representing the countless varieties of these birds. This subject of singular importance, discussed throughout the world, was the focus of attention in England, where Graça Estrela went to exhibit her work in defense of the right to life and liberty of the macaws.”