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Catopezera :The Sound Of Colors by Monica Mendes

Monica Mendes

Catopezera: The Sound Of The Colors

Catopezera: The Sound of Colors is a collection of 20 oil paintings that commemorate a traditional Brazilian celebration known as “Catope."

“Catope" is a ritual of folkloric expression influenced by African culture that has been in existence in the state of Minas Gerais for over 160 years. It came from the Congada, that is also an old tradition from Minas.

The paintings in the collection show groups of men, women and children carrying drums and tambourines and wearing white clothes and richly decorated helmets. The paintings show dancers moving and playing through the city streets in praise of the Catholic saints Our Lady of Rosario, Divine Holy Spirit, and St. Benedict.

Catopezera, The Sound of Colors strives to keep alive the sounds, colors and spirit of the Afro-Brazilian influence and history of the Catope and Candomble. The collection aspires to remind Brazilians of the diverse and multi-cultural roots that bind us together as a united country. Also, throughout my art I want to show our culture to other parts of the world, so it will always be alive.

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