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Emanoel Araujo is an artist who has achieved a significant place in the contemporary art. He was born into a traditional family of goldsmiths, had learned carpentry, linotype and typesetting in the Official Press of Santo Amaro da Purificação city.

In 1959 he held his first solo exhibition in his homeland.  After moving to move to Salvador in the 60´s, Araujo joined to the Escola de Belas Artes da Bahia (Fine Arts School of Bahia) to study printmaking.

Araujo was awarded the gold medal at the 3rd Graphic Biennial of Florence, Italy, in 1972. In the following year, he received the award from Associação Paulista de Críticos de Arte (APCA) as the best engraver, and in 1983, as the best sculptor. He was Director of the Museu de Arte da Bahia (1981-1983) and taught Graphic Arts and Sculpture at the Arts College, in The City University of New York (1988).

He was, by years, ahead of important museums and cultural centers, creating an original dynamic of working which enabled public access to several international exhibitions.

In the 90s he led the restructuring of Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo, transforming the building into one of the greatest museums in the country, making it eligible to receive national and international exhibitions.

In 2004, he was invited by the Mayor of São Paulo city to be the Secretary of Culture and founded Afro Brasil Museum, where he is currently the Curator - Director. 

In 2007 he was honored by the Instituto Tomie Ohtake by the exhibition Autobiografia do Gesto, which gathered art works of  his 45-year career.
With a collection of more than six thousand works and a library of about 12,000 titles, Afro Brasil Museum presents the contributions of African descendants to the formation of national identity.

The museum is opened from Tuesday to Sunday from 10 am to 5 pm extending until 6pm. On the last Tuesday of each month, the museum is opened until 9pm.

The museum is open all year, except on:

  • December 24th and 25th
  • December 31st
  • January 1st