Thursday, September 15, 2022

ACEO Clowns #237 & #238 "Pulguita & Timbico"


Clown #237 "Pulguita, Clown #238 Timbico"

acrylic on paper,

2 ½” x 3 ½” (64 x 89 mm), 2022

Micheli de Oliveira dos Santos and Mika Marques are a Brasilian clown duo known by their stage name as "Pulguita & Timbico".

When Micheli was a young girl she went to see a show in Bento-Gonçalven theater she was hypnotized by the ambiance, the lights, the actors and the magic. After that day her future was going to change. 

Her family could not afford theater classes. So she had to raise her artistic level through hours and hours of self-teaching, without spending. Until one day she got her first job, whose salary helped her get on the path of theatricality. But the real turning point was in Porto Alegre, in a workshop that lasted a week, with Spanish clown Iván Prado, who directed "Pallasos en Rebeldia". Micheli invested in herself, took the clown course and became a wonderful clown!

Then, in 2014, Cia Espicula was born, which clown Pulguita (Micheli) started to play forward in Caxias do Sul, with clown Timbico (Mika), the two of them getting by with circus acts, workshops, theater, and lots of clowning - a professional initiative that today has become their exclusive livelihood. 

"Pulguita & Timbico"


work in progress

Saturday, September 3, 2022

ACEO Clown Portrait #236 "Sito Rivelino"


ACEO Clown #236 "Sito Rivelino"

2 ½” x 3 ½” (64 x 89 mm)

ACEO Clown portrait #236 is inspired by a wonderful circus clown Sito Rivelino (José Luis Santos Oliveira) from Spain. He is the seventh generation of a Spanish clown artist family. Sito started clowning at very young age and performed in many circuses in Europe and around the world. His son Dani Rivelino is a very talented clown as well.

Sito Rivelino

work in progress

Monday, August 29, 2022

ACEO Clown Portrait #235 "Lluís Raluy Tomás"


ACEO Clown #235 "Lluís Raluy Tomás"

2 ½” x 3 ½” (64 x 89 mm)

ACEO Clown portrait #235 is a homage to Lluís Raluy Tomás from Barcelona, Spain (1942-2021). He was the third generation of artists in the Raluy family. His father was the founder of Circo Raluy of which he was, along with his brother Carlos, co-director.  At the age of 19 the circus embarked on a tour of more than two and a half years that took Luis and his family in distant countries (Kenya, Uganda, Tanganyika, Madagascar, China, Ceylon, Macao, Singapore, Cambodia, Vietnam and other areas of the Indian Ocean and Asia). He created in June 2016 as a result of the separation of Circo Raluy into two different circus projects. 

Besides beeing a professional clown, he was a writer and self-taught mathematician. His love of mathematics led him to write three books on the subject. This rare combination of circus performer and writer of mathematical books has been reflected in radio and television interviews, and apart from the mathematical books Lluís Raluy has also written a book about mirages and another one about the world of the circus. 

"Lluís Raluy Tomás"

work in progress

Tuesday, August 23, 2022

ACEO Clown Portrait #234 "Palhaço Chuvisco"


ACEO Clown #234 "Palhaço Chuvisco" 

2 ½” x 3 ½” (64 x 89 mm)

ACEO Clown portrait #234 is inspired by a young clown named "Palhaço Chuvisco" from Cuparaque, Brazil.  He is the young brother of Palhaço Cuti Cuti that I painted his portrait previously. You can follow Palhaço Chuvisco on Instagram at @Palhaço_Chuvisco

Palhaço Chuvisco

Work in progress

Sunday, August 21, 2022

ACEO Clown Portrait #233 "Palhaço Cuti Cuti"


ACEO Clown #233 "Palhaço Cuti Cuti" 

2 ½” x 3 ½” (64 x 89 mm)

ACEO Clown portrait #233 is inspired by a talented young clown named "Palhaço Cuti Cuti" (Werikson Alves) from Cuparaque, Brazil. I discovered him through Instagram. He and his clown brother, Palhaço Chuvisco, are in the entertainment career, organizing events and parties for children. 

See more info at his FB page.

Palhaço Cuti Cuti

work in progress

Monday, December 20, 2021

ACEO Clown Portrait #232 "Sabouny"


ACEO Clown #232 "Sabouny" 

2 ½” x 3 ½” (64 x 89 mm)

ACEO Clown portrait #232 is inspired by a wonderful Lebanese humanitarian clown named "Sabouny" (Sabine Choucair).  Sabine has qualifications in performing arts from London and social therapy from New York,  she has been working with different communities around the world since 2006.

She is co-founder of "Clown Me In" in Lebanon and Mexico, a group using the art of clowning to fight social injustice. She is a member of Clowns Without Borders USA spreading joy and laughter among disadvantaged communities. She’s the artistic director of the International Institute for Very Very Serious Studies a performance training program in Beirut focusing on social street theater as well as the Caravan street theater productions that take refugee and human rights stories to more than 100 communities in Lebanon and Tunisia and Europe.

Sabine is an RSA fellow and the first female clown to receive the “Premio Clown Nel Cuore” award in Italy.

See more info at "Clown Me In" website.

Sabouny is performing with a Syrian refugee kid. April 2021
Photo is courtesy of Sabine Choucair archive at instagram.

work in progress