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Waxamani Mehinako

WALAKUYANA PAINTING

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$1,550.00
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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.

Traditionally painted on the body to guard from evil spirits, the intricate Walakuyana design is inspired by nature and meant to protect tribal members on hunting and fishing expeditions. Walakuyana means “the eye of the piau fish” in Mehinako, an indigenous Brazilian language spoken by about 200 people today.

Preserved here on canvas, the rich colors and bold, repeating lines make this masterful design feel both ancient and contemporary at the same time.

25% OF PROFITS GO TO INDIGENOUS COMMUNITIES IN BRAZIL 

DETAILS


Materials: Natural pigments on canvas. Solid wood frame.

Dimensions:
- Overall: 34.7”W x 23.7”H
- Art: 33.5”W x 22.5”H
- Weight: 5.3 lbs

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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.