Heitor dos Prazeres

Brazil, 1898


An important figure in Brazilian popular culture, as a musician, he played a role in the founding of major Rio de Janeiro samba schools like Portela and Mangueira. Descended from Bahian Black individuals who migrated to Rio, he portrayed in his paintings scenes of samba gatherings, favelas, Candomblé rituals, dances, and popular festivals, based on the everyday life of the Black population in the city's suburbs.

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