Hailing from the city of Olinda, Brazil, which is known for its vibrant art scene, artist Lula Macondes is an architect, musician, and an artist. He draws inspiration from his Brazilian culture, especially the Brazilian folk art movement and a type of woodcutting art, xilogravura, that appears in book sold in the rural areas of Northeast Brazil. In his print A Tapioca Da Tia Lu, Macondes makes a tribute to “Tia Lu,” one of the oldest tapioqueras or tapioca sellers in Olinda. Tapioca, a culinary icon, is a type of flour derived from the yucca plant and, in the print, the tapioca appears in the form of a traditional kind of taco that is then filled with various ingredients such as shredded coconut and cheese. Macondes created this colorful print depicting a public plaza in Brazil in honor of Tia Lu because he admires her hard work and passion for life. “Her life is very inspiring, especially how she deals with the obstacles in it and still manages to make amazing tapioca,” he says. For Macondes, art is about focusing on everyday activities as well as the manner in which people make connections.
Macondes received a B.A. in Architecture and Urban Planning at the Federal University at Pernambuco, Brazil and is currently working on an M.A. in Architecture at the University of Texas at Austin.