Artist: Sônia Corrêa
Artist: Sônia Corrêa Sônia Corrêa was born in Belo Horizonte, BRAZIL in 1965. She studied painting and art education at the Academy of Arts “Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais” in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. In 1993, she studied art history at the RWTH in Aachen (GERMANY).
BRAZIL Belo Horizonte - “Museu de Arte da Pampulha“ (Anführungszeichen weg – kein Titel) 1987/88/89, Galeria IBM, Galeria Brasil-USA, Galeria Telemig, Galeria da UFMG, Galeria Alliance Française, i.a. Curitiba - “Museu de Arte de Curitiba“ group exhibition
ITALY - Rome Galeria La Bitta – group exhibition 1987/1990 Embassy of Brazil -Galeria Cândido Portinari – solo exhibition 1991
FRANCE - Lyon Théâtre Brésilien – solo exhibition 1990
THE NETHERLANDS - Amsterdam stage design - Theatre School Ballet 1991
SWEDEN - Vannsätter, Delsbo solo exhibition1991
ENGLAND - London - Institute of Education - University of London, in cooperation with the Brazilian Embassy – group exhibition 1992
GERMANY - Aachen (K Galerie, Ludwig Forum für Internationale Kunst, Consulate of Brazil) – solo exhibitions 1992–1996, 2000-2001 Frankfurt, Bonn-Remagen, Alsdorf, Urft (performance), Kleve, Eschweiler and St. Louis “Rot” (Titel der Ausstellung?)1992 - 1996 Berlin - Haus der Kulturen der Welt – “Hong Kong in Berlin” – “Black Box Exercise” - group exhibition 2000 - Gallery Forum Berlin am Meer - Off Copa »group exhibition 2006
PORTUGAL - Lisbon – textile designer – International Fashion Fair – EXPO 1989
JAPAN - Tokyo – Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum – group exhibition - 1996 Setagaya Art Museum – solo exhibition and performance 1997 Kyoto – at the Sen Soin - Temple - Art-Dance-Performance 1997 SPAIN - Valencia – International art project 1996.
BELGIUM - Liège - Gallery Les Brasseurs – group exhibition 1996 and performances
CHINA - Hong Kong – “Berlin in Hong Kong“ - Project “Black Box Exercise“ in cooperation with the Haus der Kulturen der Welt and the Goethe-Institut in Berlin - Tamar Site – Hong Kong – group exhibition 2000 and leading workshops in Hong Kong schools - 2000 Macau – “The colours of the Amazon”, Macau Museum of Art, solo exhibition and workshops for children - 2002 1991-96,
Sônia Corrêa held various workshops in Aachen at the Ludwig Forum Museum für Internationale Kunst and worked as an art educator at the Bleiberger Fabrik and at the art and culture venue Barockfabrik.
1996-2011 Leader of various workshops in Berlin: Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Martin-Gropius-Bau, Museum Dahlem, Berlin schools. 2012 Group exhibitions in Brazi.
Brazil – a country with millions of colours and beautiful forests populated with hummingbirds. The land of music, samba and minerals. And the population is a diverse mix of ethnic groups and skin colours.
Yet everybody belongs to one nation and shares one language! The colour yellow represents the many minerals, the colour green the lush forests and the colour blue the Brazilian sky. Brazil’s flora and fauna is extremely diverse and it has the most plentiful freshwater resources worldwide. Blue and yellow macaws, hummingbirds, toucans, anacondas, saíra-sete-cores (green-headed tanagers) and jaguars are some of the Brazilian species with colours rich in contrast and unique beauty. Black and white wavy shapes on the pavement of the Copacabana are transformed into a huge anaconda. This is where the samba dancer – full of the joys of life - practises his light-footed steps and celebrates the explosive beauty of his feather headdress. This feathery adornment soon becomes a crown on the bear’s head. The samba dancer and the hummingbird that is flying on the other side of the bear are joined by a golden thread holding the crown.
Brazil is crowned!! The dancer in the picture is Clementino Rodrigues - better known as Riachão. He was born in the Brazilian state of Bahia and is one of the most famous living samba composers in Brazil. The steps of the samba dancer are in marked contrast to the pace and the skills of the black capoeira dancers. The anaconda encounters a big blue macaw, the biggest macaw on the planet, while two other anacondas return to the sea to listen to the sound of the waves and the instruments.
The Brazilian Indian stands for the currently 350,000 people who belong to Brazil’s indigenous community and who speak around 180 different languages. When the country was discovered, the indigenous population still exceeded 2 million.
And that’s PELÉ, the king of football, scoring a goal with an overhead kick. He jumps up and cheers, straight from the heart of all Brazilians!!! The bear, with a gold-framed flag at the very top of his paw, looks up to the sky and says: “Yes, God is a Brazilian and I feel really good here! And takes another step and repeats again and again: “Yes, I feel really good here, in Pelé’s country, the football nation! Tô Beleza! is a colloquial Brazilian expression for “I feel good, I am really well! The artist created a true “Tô Beleza!” bear.
Sponsor: RNA Aachen, Consul Pavel
Sponsor: RNA Aachen, Konsul Pavel