||To Gesileu Salvatore the forest is a never-ending source of resources. Barks, vines, seeds, fungus, insect shells and even snake vertebrae are some of the materials this artist from Acre collects in the jungle, where he spends weeks as a kind of treasure hunter. Back in his home in the capital Rio Branco, Gesileu talks to each of his discoveries. “When I lay my eyes on an object, I know straight away what I’m going to sculpt, carve or put together. The branches and seeds on the floor talk to us and tell us what they want to become.”
How did you get the Italian surname? “Salvatores comes from Salvador Dali, an artist I really love with passion.” Gesileu Salvatore was born Raimundo Gesileu de Lima in 1967, in Xapuri (AC).