Cosme de Souza transforms a game of chess into a metaphor of life through his unique sense of art. "It represents our battle for survival on this planet. A game of opposites," explains the Brazilian artist.
"I try to emphasize elements in my works that representative my ethnicity, that of the Brazilian people through our culture, customs, traditions, beliefs and habits."
"Art has a very great importance in my life and is one of the ways through which I express my feelings. It is also a factor of reflection on the world we live in. This is why I try to emphasize elements in my works that representative my ethnicity, that of the Brazilian people through our culture, customs, traditions, beliefs and habits. Likewise, I use strong and vibrant colors emphasizing the courage, happiness and determination of my people.
"I don't hold myself to a single style because I like to achieve different experiences, however it is in surrealism and cubism where I concentrate most of my works.
"From early adolescence, I've had the habit of drawing and painting without any pretension. But over the course of time, I felt a need to perfect my technique. Based on this premise, I decided to study.
"My formation took place at the Lage Park School of Visual Arts in Rio de Janeiro, where I took courses in drawing and painting. At the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, I enrolled in drawing workshops, in addition to papier mache. In fact, during this period I took classes taught by artist Emílio Gonçalves that had a lot of influence on my trajectory. I studied woodcut printmaking in SESC of New Iguaçu and ceramics in the Dila de Oliveira Cultural Center.
"Before devoting myself exclusively to fine arts, I worked for many years in a school where I was already doing occasional projects related to arts. Among other functions, I created some illustrations, posters and promotional strips. But it was after approximately 20 years of participating in events and exhibitions that I decided to devote myself exclusively to the arts.
"This choice was one of the many good things that life has afforded me and I try to give something back through offering the best in me."