José Costa Leite, Sugar Cane Workers. This woodblock print depicts a scene that for long has been typical of this region, the Northeast of Brazil, where Costa Leite lives and works. It is the center of Brazil's sugar cane cultivation which is closely tied to both centuries of slave trade and the expoitation of soil and land.
This exquisite woodblock depicts the venue of one of the most famous annual events in Brazil: the carnival in Olinda, a picturesque colonial town in northeastern Brazil and home of cordel artist José Costa Leite.
Maria Bonita- The Bonnie (of Clyde) of Brazil, She and her lover, Lampião, terrorized and were idolized in Northeastern Brazil. My mom remembers when the truck, showing off their decapitated heads, made its visit to her little town, proving that the authorities had captured them.
Mestre Vitalino. Emboscada
J. Borges, The Arrival of the Prostitute in Heaven.