||In the many turns his life has taken, Raimundo Batista de Oliveira has lived in Aracaju (SE) and São Paulo (SP), where he stayed until he was 20 years old. “I was born on the Alto Cruzeiro smallholding, in Lagoa da Canoa (AL). I grew up in Arapiraca and stayed for a while in São Paulo, where my mother was taken for an operation. I worked in a shoe factory, and I used leather scraps to make craft art pieces that I sold in front of a museum.
My family went back home but I only followed them 6 years later. I got married and needed to find something else to do. I started making masks and some other objects. Then someone told me about Zezito. He encouraged me and took my masks to a craft art fair. Then I made a wood matrix and enjoyed it so I started working with wood. So, the images that came in my head were from my time in São Paulo. The people living in the suburbs. In the shanty towns.”