TABIBUIA chico, real name da Silva Francisco MORALES

1936 . silva jardim . rio de janeiro . brazil

2007 . casimiro de abreu . rio de janeiro . brazil


Chico Tabibuia was one of the twelve children his mother had with different fathers. Great-grand-son of a slave, he worked hard since his childhood. Having worked odd jobs, he owned a grocery store for some time, then worked as a lumberjack. At forty, he began carving on regular basis. The phallus is, obviously, the element that dominates all his sculptures. All parts of the body can be “read” as phallic symbols: the head (the head-gland), the legs and the arms, the neck, Exu’s horns, and finally the entire human or animal body.