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Waxamani Mehinako

BUTTERFLY PAINTING - MAPAPALUYANA (UNFRAMED)

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HANDMADE IN MATO GROSSO, BRAZIL

In this series of paintings, emerging artist Waxamani enshrines and celebrates ancient tribal graphics on canvas.

Mapapaluyana is the butterfly painting. It is a protective type of painting for when women go into the forest. The delicate wings of butterflies accompany women on their journeys, keeping them safe and connected to the forest's profound wisdom.

25% OF PROFITS GO TO INDIGENOUS COMMUNITIES IN BRAZIL

DETAILS


Materials: Natural pigments on canvas. Solid wood frame.

Dimensions:
- Art: 33.5”W x 22.5”H

BUTTERFLY PAINTING - MAPAPALUYANA (UNFRAMED)
BUTTERFLY PAINTING - MAPAPALUYANA (UNFRAMED)
BUTTERFLY PAINTING - MAPAPALUYANA (UNFRAMED)
BUTTERFLY PAINTING - MAPAPALUYANA (UNFRAMED)
BUTTERFLY PAINTING - MAPAPALUYANA (UNFRAMED)

MEET THE CREATOR

Mato Grosso, Brazil

WAXAMANI MEHINAKO

“My goal is to bring my people’s art to non-indigenous people and show that our art is not only for us. I also want to help pass down our ancestral ways to the next generation.”

Deep in Brazil's heart, nestled in the Alto Xingu indigenous territory, resides Waxamani, an artist blurring the lines between his Mehinako and Aweti heritage and the contemporary art world. He crafts vibrant paintings, their colors and graphic patterns echoing the very pigments and motifs used to adorn bodies during sacred celebrations.

Inspired by the vibrant tapestry of fauna and flora surrounding him, Waxamani extracts these pigments from his land, weaving them into captivating canvases. No brushes or rulers constrain him; instead, generations-old stories flow through his every stroke, transforming these earthy hues and traditional symbols into living tapestries. These aren't mere paintings; they're cultural narratives etched in color, connecting the past to the present, the artist to his community, and each vibrant mark to a profound heritage.