FRANS KRAJCBERG

Frans Krajcberg, Kozienice Polônia,1921. Sculptor, painter, engraver, photographer. Study engineering and arts at the University of Leningrad. During the second World War (1939-1945), loses the whole family in a concentration camp. He moved to Germany, joining the Academy of Fine Arts in Stuttgart, where Willy Baumeister was his teacher. Comes to Brazil in 1948. In 1951, he took part in the I International Biennial of São Paulo with two paintings. Leaves for a brief period in Paraná, isolating himself in the woods to paint. In 1956, he moved to Rio de Janeiro, where it shares an atelier with sculptor Franz Weissmann (1911-2005). Naturalizes himself brazilian the following year. From 1958, alternates residence between Rio de Janeiro, Paris and Ibiza. Since 1972, resides in Nova Viçosa, in the southern coast of Bahia. Extends the work with sculpture, initiated in Minas Gerais, using trunks and roots, which conducts interventions. Travels constantly to the Amazon and Mato Grosso to photograph the deforestations and fires, revealing dramatic pictures. Of these trips, returns with roots and charred trunks, which uses in his sculptures. In the 80's, he starts the African series, using roots, vines and stems of Palm trees associated with mineral pigments. The research and use of elements of nature, especially of the Amazon rainforest, and the protection of the environment, marks all his work and his life. Frans Krajcberg Institute, was opened in 2003, in Curitiba, and received a donation of more than one hundred peaces of the artist. He lives and works in Nova Viçosa, Bahia.

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1961 - 61x48cm - untitled - relief on paper (Série Ibiza)
Photo: Jaime Acioli