"Painting is my mode of expression par excellence, for I suffer an auditory deficiency... all my canvases are my vehicle for communicating."W. Lima was born in Salvador, Bahia, in 1934. When he was young, he moved to Rio de Janeiro, where he became one of the founders of Ipanema's famous Art Fair. Despite a great deal of adversity caused by his becoming deaf at age 16, W. Lima graduated from Rio de Janeiro's School of Fine Arts.
Lima's work is inspired by different elements of Brazilian culture, especially that of his own hometown, where the main activity is fishing. The region is also recognized for its music and its Afro-Brazilian religion.
"Painting is my mode of expression par excellence, for I suffer an auditory deficiency since I was 16 years old. In this sense, all my canvases are my vehicle for communicating. I can spend hours in my studio painting themes that are deeply rooted to childhood memories and adolescent experiences. What also inspires me are the things and smells that originate in my imagination, which I try to convey through my paintings.
"My relationship with Novica has been a stroke of divine grace, because since 1999 my work has been seen and bought by people from all around the world. That is why I am very happy with the scope that Novica has afforded my work.
"I am thankful to God for the success of my work and for the different testimonies on behalf of Novica clients – their words are always very kind and they motivate me and give me strength to carry on painting."