Emanoel Araújo

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Emanoel Araújo
Emanoel Araújo

(1940-11-15)15 November 1940
Died7 September 2022(2022-09-07) (aged 81)
São Paulo, Brazil
Alma materFederal University of Bahia
Occupation(s)Artist, art curator, museologist
Years active1959–2022

Emanoel Araújo (15 November 1940, Santo Amaro, Bahia – 7 September 2022, São Paulo) was a Brazilian artist, art curator, and museologist. He specialized in numerous art styles, including, among others, sculpting, graphic design, and painting. He also served as the director of numerous museums in Brazil, including the Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo and Museu Afro Brasil, the latter of which he established in 2004. He has recounted his work as "a collection that became one of the largest museums in Latin America".[1]


Araújo was born into a family of goldsmiths in the city of Santo Amaro, in the state of Bahia.[1] His first art exposition was in his home state of Bahia in 1959. Afterwards, he moved to Salvador to study at the School of Fine Arts at the Federal University of Bahia. In 1972, he won the gold medal at the third International Biennale for Graphic Design in Florence, Italy. From 1981 to 1983, he directed the Bahia Museum of Art and the São Paulo Museum of Art. In 1988, he lectured graphic design and sculpting at the Arts College of City College of New York. From 1992 to 2002, he was director of the Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo, during which time the museum went under major renovations, including the installation of modern security and climate control systems. He also oversaw the creation of the Friends of the Pinacoteca Association, which oversees the gathering of resources for the museum.[2]

From 2004 to his death, he served as director of the Museu Afro Brasil, a museum dedicated to the culture and history of Afro-Brazilians. He often described the Museu Afro Brasil as his greatest accomplishment.[3] In 2009, he was awarded the Order of Ipiranga by the state government of São Paulo, one of state's highest honors. The award was presented by then-governor José Serra.[4]

Araújo died on 7 September 2022 at 81 years of age, at his home in São Paulo.[3][5]


  1. ^ a b "Uma coleção que virou um dos maiores museus da América Latina". Museu da Pessoa (in Brazilian Portuguese). Retrieved 20 July 2023.
  2. ^ Mattos Araújo, Marcelo; Camargos, Márcia (2007). Artemeios (ed.). Pinacoteca: a história da Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo. São Paulo. pp. 112–115. ISBN 978-8599402-21-4.{{cite book}}: CS1 maint: location missing publisher (link)
  3. ^ a b Escalante-De Mattei, Shanti (13 September 2022). "Emanoel Araújo, Founder of Museu Afro Brasil, Is Dead at 81". ARTnews. Retrieved 20 July 2023.
  4. ^ "Serra homenageia artistas com Ordem do Ipiranga". Portal do Partido da Social Democracia Brasileira (in Brazilian Portuguese). 23 June 2009. Retrieved 20 July 2023.
  5. ^ "Morre Emanoel Araújo, gigante das artes plásticas afro-brasileiras, aos 81 anos". Folha de S. Paulo. 7 September 2022. Retrieved 20 July 2023.

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