Featured Artist: Leda Maria's Show de Bola

Brazilian artist Leda Maria is at the helm of the socio-cultural project known as Show de Bola that aims to illustrate world cultures through art. Since the show’s debut in 2010 in Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Leda Maria has presented it at other art shows such as SPECTRUM Miami, and is excited to bring it to Artexpo New York this year.

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Saíra Kleinhans

Each Show de Bola features different artists from around the world with artwork in seven hexagonal paintings to reflect the beauty of their country through their art. The hexagons are placed together in a circular format to symbolize the globe. “A primary focus of the project is a tribute to the creators,” explains Leda Maria, “and this is an opportunity for artists of all ages and different backgrounds to express their talent, their technique, their world view, and also the love of their own country.” She calls Show de Bola an “ode to freedom of expression.”

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Linda de Sousa

Beyond conceptualizing and creating Show de Bola, Leda Maria is an accomplished visual artist in her own right, working in watercolors, oils, acrylics, mixed media, and encaustic. She’s studied in Brazil, Italy, and New York, and holds a BFA as well as an MFA in Art History. Leda Maria’s passion and breadth of talent in various techniques infuse her artwork with vibrancy and vitality, and the same qualities carry over into her wildly creative imaginings that brought Show de Bola to fruition.

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Juh Leidl

Make sure to see Leda Maria’s Show de Bola—featuring over 30 different artists—at Artexpo this year in Booth 439. For more info on Show de Bola, click here.

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Ruth Stirnimann

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