"When I enter my studio, I put on music – it helps me connect my inner world with everything that surrounds me. Inspiration appears and... it is the fire that I keep alive."Maria Elizabeth Mendes Ferreira was born in Rio de Janeiro in 1956. "I grew up in Porto Alegre," she says. "While still a child, I discovered paints, brushes and pencils with my sister Luiza Olympia, an art teacher where I went to school. When I was 16, I began taking free art classes sponsored by the municipal government and went on to drawing live models with my professor Danúbio Gonçalves.
"Up until 1999, I perfected my own technique and developed a figurative style. By the end of 2000, I discovered contemporary art. I explored its freedom of movement, of volume, and played with space as I created geometric ballets with form and color.
"I've dedicated my life and my time to painting, to my mother, to my life companion and to the friends who are always willing to listen and to offer a friendly shoulder to lean upon."
Versatile, Mendes Ferreira is an artist who works in more than one style. She permits herself to move from the abstract to realism and back. "I've been through some difficult moments in life, but I haven't lost my good humor. I consider 2013 as the year of my rebirth." she confides. "My life as an artist began at the age of eight when I took my first art classes, and although I eventually majored in communication and advertising and worked in those fields, art was always a part of my life.
"My mother was my 'guru,' a safe harbor in my life. Although my family doesn't have any connection with art, she always motivated me. Mt friends and other artists who liked my work also encouraged me.
"When I enter my studio, I put on music – it helps me connect my inner world with everything that surrounds me. Inspiration appears and is maintained through constant work. It is the fire that I keep alive.
"To take that step and live from my art is a challenge. And that difficulty ends up transformed into a pleasant incentive to finish each painting. Because the possibility of working creatively, transforming an idea into forms and colors, is very gratifying."
Mendes Ferreira is listed in volume 8 of the 1966 edition of Artes Plásticas Brasil (pages 563 and 564) by Júlio Louzada. In 2001, she was invited to participate in the Artes & Artistas Brasil yearbook. She was awarded a bronze medal by the Associação dos Diplomados da Escola Superior de Guerra in 1991, and took Honorable Mention in three exhibits in 1993.
8 items by Mendes Ferreira
Signed Surrealist Painting of a Koi Pond from Brazil
Fantastic World, Signed Surrealist Painting of a Koi Pond from Brazil
Mendes FerreiraUsing a creative blend between abstraction and realism, Brazilian artist Mendes Ferreira paints this composition, featuring vibrant, swirling forms that come together to offer a window to a tranquil...$519.99
Signed Abstract Nature Painting (2017) from Brazil
Parallel Dimension, Signed Abstract Nature Painting (2017) from Brazil
Mendes FerreiraUsing a creative blend between an abstract style and realism, Brazilian artist Mendes Ferreira paints this composition, featuring vibrant, colorful forms that come together to offer a window to a...$584.99
Signed Colorful Abstract Painting from Brazil
Temporal Vortex, Signed Colorful Abstract Painting from Brazil
Mendes FerreiraSays Brazilian artist Mendes Ferreira, "As we gaze farther across the universe, we find that it is possible to uncover secrets of the past, as well as our own emergence." Part of Ferreira's...$589.99
Portal Between Worlds
Brazilian Fine Art Surreal Landscape Painting
Portal Between Worlds, Brazilian Fine Art Surreal Landscape Painting
Mendes FerreiraCurvilinear shapes swirl across this canvas in frank abstraction. Yet, in the center of the painting, a realistic landscape appears beneath a yellow sky. Just below the roiling clouds, rugged peaks...$534.99
In the World of the Moon
Moon-Themed Signed Abstract Painting from Brazil
In the World of the Moon, Moon-Themed Signed Abstract Painting from Brazil
Mendes FerreiraIn hues of grey and white, and brown, busy lines intertwine to form an eye-catching abstract world against a blue void. Brazilian artist Mendes Ferreira paints this intricate modern composition...$549.99
Signed Floral Surrealist Painting from Brazil
Charmed Garden, Signed Floral Surrealist Painting from Brazil
Mendes FerreiraWith abstract, colorful stems, flowers rise towards the sky in this striking composition from Brazil. Mendes Ferreira paints this surrealist scene that evokes the beauty of a garden. According to the...$539.99
Signed Colorful Surrealist Painting from Brazil
Equilibrium, Signed Colorful Surrealist Painting from Brazil
Mendes FerreiraAmong a mystical cosmic world, colorful lines and shapes create abstract designs in this striking composition from Brazil. Mendes Ferreira paints this abstract scene that evokes the movement of...$524.99
Signed Surrealist Painting in Beige from Brazil
Serenity, Signed Surrealist Painting in Beige from Brazil
Mendes FerreiraIn hues of beige, grey, and brown, busy lines intertwine to form an eye-catching abstract world. Brazilian artist Mendes Ferreira paints this intricate modern composition, offered as part of her...$524.99