NGA – Dalton Paula

Fgreat team produced this mini doc commissioned by the National Gallery of Art, as part of the Afro-Atlantic exhibit. We are honored to present to global audiences the work of Brazilian artist Dalton Paula.

Born and raised in the countryside of Brazil, surrounded by woods and waterfalls, the portrait artist finds his inspiration at Quilombo Kalunga, a place which served as shelter in the 18th century for people fleeing slavery. Since then, the so called ‘quilombos’ have been places of resistance for black people. In order to preserve the memory of their founders and leaders, Paula portrays these historical black figures by using their descendants as models, picturing them as queens and kings. The artist considers himself as a visual healer, so that people like him can be proud of their origins.