Born in Itapaci, in Goiás, João Gonçalves Pereira went to Anápolis to attend secondary school. Life wasn’t easy. There were no jobs and he used to watch his uncle Antenor Silva carving stone and making sculptures. “My uncle was one of the pioneers in sculpture here in Anápolis. After him, lots of people followed, including me.”
João Gonçalves dedicated himself to the art at first working with soapstone then with wood. He gets some off-cuts from sawmills and buys others. Imburana and cedar come from Bahia, and cajá and cedar bark he uses only for small works.
Painted wood, 30 cm tall.