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Ana Maria Pacheco

(b. 1943)


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(1943– )

Brazilian-born sculptor, painter, and printmaker who has lived and worked in the UK since 1973. She is best known for her ensembles of sinister life-size figures in painted wood which comment especially on male cruelty and arrogance. (Her work first came to attention in an exhibition held at the Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, in 1980, entitled ‘Women's Images of Men’.) Her figures tend to be hunched and dwarf-like, given an additional nightmare quality by the use of real teeth in the mouths (Man and his Sheep, 1989, Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery). Mythical and religious themes, usually given a dark edge, also figure in much of her work.

Subjects: art.


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