Brazilian artist Thais Beltrame was born in 1976. When she was little, she despised coloured pencils and would compulsively scribble on her mother’s books with a ball pen, creating endless narratives with simple lines. Today the results of such acts are universal existential issues represented in black and white, which recreate the memories of our childhood in all its darkness, sadness, discovery and glow.
Thais makes subtle and meticulous use of brush and ink, creating a visual atmosphere both peculiar and melancholic. A Fine Arts graduate from Columbia College, Chicago, she lives and works in São Paulo. She has illustrated for several magazines and books, and her artwork has been exhibited in England, Brazil and the United States, as well as featured in Juxtapoz Arts & Culture magazine and a series of Brazilian magazines. She still creates lines compulsively, although no longer on her mother’s books.
Thais was recently invited for a solo show on the island of Saint Barthelemy, where she spent three weeks working on a collaborative project. She invited residents, tourists, local artists and school children to create a model house that integrated all aspects of the exhibition, which was entitled "finding home". Back in Brazil, Thais was selected to represent her country as an artist working on paper for a yearly contest held by Canson, and her artwork was exhibited at the Petit Palais in Paris. She is currently working on illustrations for a book, as well as her next solo show to take place in Rio de Janeiro in October.
All illustrations in volume 1 of The Journal of Modern Wisdom are by Thais Beltrame, except those on pages 12–14 (by Jon Haste) and page 77.
All illustrations in volume 2 of The Journal of Modern Wisdom are by Thais Beltrame.
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