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On a recent Wednesday, fans of the Brazilian contemporary art genre and members of the country’s one percent, flocked to the Pavilhão da Bienal, to witness the opening of this year’s SP-Arte.

The art fair founded by Fernanda Feitosa in the year 2005, aims to support Brazil’s contemporary artists by gathering local art galleries (in addition to some foreign names) and art collectors in one place, over the course of several days.

Feitosa’s brainchild grew out of a passion for Brazilian art. A passion so great, that she and her husband bought the property neighboring their swank residence in São Paulo’s upscale Morumbi area, and turned it into their personal art gallery.

On a recent Wednesday, fans of the Brazilian contemporary art genre and members of the country’s one percent, flocked to the Pavilhão da Bienal, to witness the opening of this year’s SP-Arte. The art fair founded by Fernanda Feitosa in the year 2005, aims to support Brazil’s contemporary artists by gathering local art galleries (in addition to some foreign names) and art collectors in one place, over the course of several days. Feitosa’s brainchild grew out of a passion for Brazilian art. A passion so great, that she and her husband bought the property neighboring their swank residence in São Paulo’s upscale Morumbi area, and turned it into their personal art gallery.

“Brazil has been somewhat of a secluded, isolated country, for many decades, as far as art is concerned. Only in the past 10 years we’ve managed to garner more interest. In light of the crisis in the West, we showed up as the alternative promising land. There was a period of growth, so wealthy citizens and local art collectors started travelling more to foreign art fairs. Prior to that development, collectors would buy their art here (Brazil) since the country wasn’t very much open to exchange: art didn’t fly out, and art didn’t fly in,’’ Feitosa says reflecting on Brazil’s art market. A market which, the SP-Arte founder notes, is just a bit over 60 years old.

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