‘Market by the River, Salvador Bahia’ by noted Brazilian folk artist Didito. Oil on canvas, 31 x 35 w/o frame, 32.5 x 36.5 including frame, signed and dated 1998.
The painting depicts the hustle and bustle of a market by the river in a likely fictional colonial Brazilian town.The church on the small hill bears with its one tower resemblance to the Church of St. Dominic (Sao Dominico) in Salvador, Bahia
A native of the small city of Maragujipe 200 km. from Salvador on the Bay of All Saints, Didito paints landscapes and small town life of the Reconcavo. Like the small towns themselves, Didito’s paintings are bursting with life and color. Many of his earlier paintings depict ceremonies of Candomblé with detailed representations of the costumes and attributes of the orixás. I the US his works have been shown in the exhibition:
‘Bandits & Heroes, Poets & Saints’
Arranged by Con/Vita, Popular art of the Americas, which has been shown at several museums including the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, Detroit MI. Works by his hand were also shown at UCLA’s Fowler Museum of Cultural History, 1998.