In love with Bahia since his first visit to Brazil in 1938, the painter Carybé (1911-1997) settled permanently in Salvador in 1950 – the site of his most important artwork. He became famous for his characterizations, using different techniques, of the Bahian black and mulatto women, the colonial times and the African culture in Brazil.
Considered one of the most important Brazilian painters, Carybé was actually born in Argentina by the name of Hector Julio Paride Bernabó. He spent part of his adolescence and youth studying in Europe. He settled in Brazil only in mid-life, at nearly 40 years old, after being invited by educator Anísio Teixeira, Bahia’s Secretary of Education and Health at the time.
Carybé is the first complete and organized iconographic record of the creative and varied work of this artist, who requested Brazilian citizenship in 1957. It presents drawings, engravings, watercolors, oil paintings, ceramics and sculptures, all with detailed timelines that relate to the different phases of his career.
The book was launched in 1989 in two languages (Portuguese / English) with organization by the graphic artist and photographer Bruno Furrer and presentation by Jorge Amado. It also includes a collection of texts from the artist himself and his friends and admirers, including Rubem Braga, Lídia Besouchet and José Cláudio da Silva.