|Juarez Paraíso. “Formas”. Xilogravura, 72 x 48,5 cm.|
|pen on paper, 1965|
89,5 x 60 cm
During the 1970s, Paraíso’s artwork seemed to reflect this experience as it took on clearer political dimensions and social criticism. Incorporating a variety of Afro-Brazilian and Christian imagery, his art expressed the racial nuances, religious syncretism, and even gender relations within Bahian culture. During this decade, Paraíso applied himself increasingly to engraving and aquatint. In 1977, his insights into Bahian culture and his friendship with writer Jorge Amado earned Paraíso the role of Pedro Archanjo in the cinematographic adaptation of Amado’s novel Tenda dos Milagres. The character Pedro Archanjo was a literary symbol of both Afro-Brazilian tradition and social and racial injustice.
|Film still of Tenda dos Milagres, with Paraiso on the left as Pedro Archanjo|
|Partial shot of mural outside Bahia's Museum of Geology|