Artist biography

Brazilian sculptor, printmaker and teacher, active in England. She studied sculpture and music at the University of Goias (1960–64) and the University of Brazil, Rio de Janeiro (1965). Through a British Council scholarship she went to England (1973), where she settled, later being appointed as Head of Fine Art at Norwich School of Art, Norfolk (1985–9). For her work she drew upon diverse sources: memories of the landscape of her childhood; the troubled and fantastic visions of Spanish art and literature, of Goya, Picasso and Federico García Lorca. She explored themes of performance and masquerade in sculptural settings of life-size mannequins. Her polychromed-wood carvings, notably The Banquet (1985; artist's col., see Brighton, pl. 23) and Man and his Sheep (base, Jura marble, 1989; artist's col.; exh. 1995, Plymouth, City Mus. & A.G., see Brighton, pl. 1), place subjects in claustrophobic situations of entrapment and interrogation. It is perhaps in her extensive series of drypoint etchings, realised with consummate technical mastery, that Pacheco found her most complete expression, for example the playful charade of A Little Spell in Six Lessons (dry point, 1988–9; boxed sets, boxes painted by artist, Norwich, Castle Mus.; Preston, Harris Mus. & A.G., see Brighton, pls 49–60). Pacheco was also influential as an educator, advancing art as the product of extremes of experience, encountering and sharing the effects of continuous challenge.

F. Carey: ‘The Prints of Ana-Maria Pacheco', Prt Q., v (1988), p. 3
A. Brighton: Ana-Maria Pacheco (Sevenoaks, 1989)

27 September 1999

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