José Bedia

b. 1959, Cuban

"Lampiao e seus Cabras, O Rei do Cangaco, Governador do Sertao," 2002

Mixed media on canvas
Signed and dated lower right: J Bedia / 02, titled along the width of the upper edge
33" H x 116.5" W

  • Provenance: Ramis Barquet Gallery, Chelsea, NY
  • Notes: Statement from José Bedia, Jr.:
    "That piece was part of a personal exhibition titled 'Santos y Bandidos' (Saints and Bandits), and it was about real historical figures of different Latin American countries, in many cases desperados or bandidos, but in a cultural level are revered as saints in their countries, all of them from the early 20th Century.

    In this case, Lampiao was a famous bandit from the North East semi-desertic region of Brazil (Sertao). Him and his crew (cabras or "goats") of bandits were brutally exterminated by the Brazilian army of the time. The heads of him and his crew, including his wife, were exhibited for a while as a trophy or warning for similar bandits.

    The figure in the painting represents him dead, laid to rest, as the landscape of the work. The color of the work alludes to the earthy color of the landscape of their arid region, and also of the clothes they wore, which were made of leather. The photo inlaid in the painting, shows the steps of the army headquarters with their heads on display on the day they were killed. Only one was able to escape, named Corisco, which was able to live on for a while. These so called Cangaceiros were part of a millennialism religious group that were very particular in this region."
  • Condition: Generally good condition. The canvas has been removed from the stretcher. The upper and lower edges have been strip lined with linen. The perimeter of the canvas has nail holes and small losses from previous mounting which would not be visible if restretched.

    Unframed and rolled

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