An artist stops being a simple painter when he or she does not need to apply the rules and religiously respect traditions. Lairana acquired such familiarity with her art that she can transform it into a living project of dislocating the frontiers of her world, generating new rules and new senses.
Lairana is an artist who was born in Bauru but who has succeeding in becoming –at the same time-- a representative of a local culture while constructing a cosmopolitan work. She makes herself understood by her neighbors and by inhabitants of far away countries. Lairana is an intellectual, with a doctorate in arts from the prestigious School of Communications of the Universidade de São Paulo, but her impressions--transformed into thousands of work--make her what the anthropologists call a “participating observer.” Her successful career has helped her win dozens of prizes in official salons and has caused her pictures to be exhibited in such distant places as Japan and the Republic of South Africa (as well as practically all the countries of Western Europe and South America. Her success continues to grow, as can be seen this year, where her works have been exhibited in the Forte de São Francisco in Portugal and in the Galeria Artitude in Paris. In Brazil, Lairana’s paintings occupied no less than six rooms in the Casa-Cor Interior, in Araraquara, São Paulo.
I am very familiar with Lairana’s work and admire the works that I have seen. But what fascinates me most are her poppies. When they are painted in oil on canvas they are transparent and multicolored. When they are painted in acrylic, the textures are multiplied. And if Lairana uses a spatula the painting captures not only the movement of the poppies but the gestures of the artist as well. When she uses a spatula, Lairana waltzes with her creations.
Lairana’s poppies (like the rest, like all of her work) will not be dated, since they are not associated with any specific artistic movement. The artist possesses great sensitivity and competence and captures information and adapts styles to her work, without being hampered by or restricted to any structures or strictures. Her poppies are not tainted because the artist did not seek any affiliation with a school of art or a new tendency. Eternity is the prize of someone who is not corrupted.
Ney Vilela – Historian and Journalist