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Master Craftsmen

Numerous raw materials gain special importance when they are in the hands of artists of unique talent. The diversity and quality of Alagoas handicrafts is undeniable. The Craftsmen represent very well all the beauty talent that Alagoas has to offer.


For 34 years, the shy civil servant Aberaldo Sandes Costa Lima meets his second working hours on the banks of the São Francisco River in Ferro Island, a village in the city of Pão de Açucar. Aberaldo Sandes was a pioneer in the production of ‘former promises’, body parts sculptures, like hands, legs, arms, which are donated by churchgoers to their saints of devotion, in gratitude to a blessing achieved.

André da Marinheira

Born and raised in the town of Boca da Mata, André da Marinheira, like his father, the famous Manoel da Marinheira, was influenced and took taste for art. At age 12, he took a piece of wood and secretly made his first piece: a rabbit.

Antônio Dedé

The wood of Lagoa da Canoa has never been the same to this day, since Mr. Antônio Alves dos Santos began to carve it with a gift that comes from childhood in the city where he discovered and witnessed his talent.


Born in Pernambuco, Arlindo Monteiro is a talented Alagoas citizen in heart, who has lived in the state for 40 years and taught himself how to turn wood, clay and stone into art. Today, at age 54, he is recognized for his work with matchsticks, which has earned him the exposure of a few pieces in the opening of the soap opera “Da Cor do Pecado”, on Globo TV.

Chico Cigano

For 40 years, José Alves da Silva professionalized his talent of giving form to wood. Chico Cigano, as he is known, was born in Paulo Jacinto, but grew up in Batalha, where he discovered his passion for craftwork.

Dona Irineia

From the village of Muquém, in Quilombo dos Palmares mythical region, in addition to the history of struggle and freedom, it is also a land of rich art of creativity and simplicity of Irinéia Rosa Nunes da Silva. After years of working with art in ceramics, Mrs. Irinéia, as she is known in his art, is considered one of the greatest artisans of the state.

João das Alagoas

Out of the 59 year­s old, more than half of it is devoted to the art of sculpting. Thirty years of craftsmanship that began by selling pieces in Maceio and today the pottery work is exhibited in museums of Bahia, São Paulo and even out of the country such as Mexico. And João Carlos da Silva, registration name, does not want to stop anytime soon.


For over 50 years, Dona Marinalva has portrayed quilombola history and culture in her art, producing clay and ceramic utilities. The job was taught by her grandmother and mother, as a child. In 2013, it was contemplated in the Prize Popular Cultures – Edition 100 Years of Mazzaropi.


More than 50 years dedicated to the art of carving. Pedro Cassiano dos Santos is a simple man, but he transforms simple timber into works of art full of cultural richness. Master Pedrocas gave art classes in Arapiraca, when he discovered his talent and made of the wood and the tools his means of living and being happy.

Raimundo das Favelas

In 1962, on Alto do Cruzeiro Ranch, in the county of Lagoa da Canoa, one of the great names of Alagoas craftwork was born: Raimundo Batista de Oliveira. In 2012, Master Raimundo had his works on display at the National Center of Folklore and Popular Culture in Rio de Janeiro.


Resendio was interested in art as a child and since then he has dedicated to the craft woodwork, which portrays through his works, people and local culture.



Still as a child, Maria Luciene da Silva, was nicknamed by Sil’s brother and now even she forgets her real name. What she never ceases to remember is the love for art discovered at age 17, in Capela. Since then, she never quit pottery.


Pão de Açúcar is the main inspiration of the master Valmir Lessa, who sculpted his works of art in wood for 15 years. Master in the manufacture of chairs, benches and tables, the craftsman finds in nature the raw material and inspiration he needs to form pieces that incorporate local references, such as birds and common landscapes of the region.


Colored ribbons gather to decorate warrior hats from alagoano folguedo in the craft produced by Vânia Oliveira. Self-taught, Vânia recognized her vocation 32 years ago and, with the perfection of the technique, won the title of master artisan and living heritage of Alagoas.


In the harsh landscape of Alagoas, in Arapiraca, the raw wood takes shape and colors with the talent of Mr. Cícero José da Silva, an artist that, for 15 years, has been carving dreams.