||“It’s a family thing.” And the truth is that Evandro Pires de Almeida learned with his eldest brother – Caçula – the art of woodcarving. He left Manacapurú, in Amazonas and moved to Porto Velho, capital of the state of Rondônia. He has been working with wood for 20 years, started a family and knows one thing for sure: this is what he enjoys doing and he knows how to do it well.
His wife is a primary school teacher who is studying Biology, and Evandro takes the opportunity to find out more about trees and roots. “This has always been my life. I don’t even have work documents (necessary for being employed by someone else).
I have never needed them, because my life is sculpture and carving.” Sitting in the shade on his veranda, he misses his childhood spent on the creeks, fishing and hunting birds, scenes well documented in his pictures. The works have depth, and each stage is well thought through. “Each leaf has a different movement, each vine twists in a certain way. That’s how the forest is.”