||Laércio Bahia Moura was born in Pará, but has been living in Macapá for 10 years. He learned the art of woodcarving with Master Jovino de Minas, who now “works far away, somewhere near Oiapoque (the northernmost city in Brazil)”. He says it’s been five years since he started trying to make a living from woodcarving and sculpting, a courageous enterprise for someone with a family to support, but despite trying a little bit of everything working with wood is the only thing that gives him peace. “The best thing is when we can make a large piece for a farm or the government.”
Living in an isolated area, his house balanced on fragile stilts over a river, he carries on registering his emotions and “fighting to live with dignity. Sometimes I feel like giving up, but there is a powerful force that calls me to this work”. Laércio says he will carry on with it “as long as I can, because it is my life”.