Three dolphins splash away in total freedom as they jump through the foam of ocean waves. L. Ferreira expertly captures their natural poise and friendly demeanor as he paints with luminous oils on canvas.
"With the Marines I had the good fortune to travel around the world and learn more about my passion, painting."
"I am a self-taught artist from an island in northern Brazil. My parents devoted their life to fishing. Information didn't reach our community all that often, so to keep busy I started painting. I've been painting since childhood and by adolescence I was already painting a variety of landscapes with the materials I had at the time. I exhibited my work for the first time in 1966.
"People told me the only place I could study painting was in Rio de Janeiro, and to get there I really had to join the Marines. They are a powerful institution within the Amazon region since they controlled all the waterways.
"I began my career in the services at the age of 22. With the Marines I had the good fortune to travel around the world and learn more about my passion, painting. I served with the Marines for 28 years during which time I learned about art and took theoretical as well as practical courses with such masters as Frederico Moraes and Aloísio Carvão, from Rio de Janeiro's Museum of Modern Art.
"My work revolved around a world of itinerant exhibitions that reached Canada and New York. I draw inspiration from nature and the richness of the Amazon forests. My artistic intuition found expression through a variety of styles, including landscapes, modern figurative and even surrealism.
"Today I feel free to paint in whichever style I please, according to my creative moment. As I look back on my trajectory as an artist I feel fulfilled for I departed from a region lacking in opportunities for me and I traveled the world through my art. Working with Novica completes this path, and I feel satisfied that now people from around the world can navigate through my paintings."