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MIGUEL PAIVA

About Miguel Paiva (in the exhibition marking 40 years of his career, in 2007)
By Ziraldo
"Whenever I talk about Miguel, I always have to overcome a well-known embarrassment: that of the father who doesn’t want to sound too proud. It’s like this: when I met him, Miguel was seventeen years old, with pimples on his face and an invincible curiosity in his eyes. He was one of the very brilliant students at Colégio de Aplicação, in the neighborhood of Lagoa, Rio de Janeiro. It’s a school that deserves a book or an in-depth study about its history.
(...) I can say, paternally, that I helped him – because he was talented – to create his inimitable, modern and instantly recognizable style. Miguel is not exactly a cartoonist who draws easily. He had to search for his forms and lines like a sculptor seeks, in the marble, to remove the excess to find what he is looking for, as Michelangelo, his namesake, used to say.
When he mastered his art, Miguel went out in the world and showered it. He created characters, comic strips, illustrations and cartoons that have been reproduced in the gender’s most important magazines, here and in Europe. Wherever he went, he made friends in his area; he is in books, albums and encyclopedias about the field.
He is very happy with what he has produced for this exhibition, he tells me. It’s because here is a little bit of the result of his immense capacity to create characters that are uncannily close to our humanity.”

About the book Sentimento Masculino - Manual de Sobrevivência na Selva
By Rodrigo Crespo Lima
“Miguel Paiva is the symbol of versatile and intelligent good spirits (...)”.
In the website Bolsa de Mulher 12/11/2001

About the exhibition Objetos do desejo do homem moderno
By Oscar D’Ambrosio
“Nobody reaches the end of their life without having had more than half of their desires rejected”, teaches the Talmud. Something similar can be proved with aesthetic pleasure in the exhibition “Objetos do desejo do homem moderno” (modern man’s objects of desire) by Miguel Paiva, from 9 to 27 November, 2005, at the Brazilian Museum of Sculpture, in the city of São Paulo. The exhibition brings ten works drawn in India ink and digitally colored and finalized. What is remarkable is that, underneath the lighthearted strokes by this artist born in 1950s Rio de Janeiro, lies one of the fiercest critiques of contemporary man of recent times. (…)”