feature: salvador-based artist vagner perez combats black artist erasure with minimalism pop art portraits

April 15, 2016

Vagner Perez is a Rio de Janeiro born artist and graphic designer. Perez, who now lives in Salvador, Brazil, specializes in minimalist Pop Art portraiture. Inspired by the unbearable whiteness of Brazilian art history books, which de-emphasizes the presence and history of Black and non-white Brazilians in favor of the glorification of Portuguese colonization and the monarchy, Perez chose to create representations of unsung Black Brazilian artists like AFROPUNK Fest Paris performer Karol Conka, Ludmilla, Candy Mel, and more.

By Erin White*, AFROPUNK contributor

Actor Lazaro Ramos

Candy Mel

Group Dois Africanos



Group Dois Africanos

Arlindo Cruz


Rihanna Carmen Miranda

Karol Conka
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