An artist’s narrative self-construction: a conversation with Astrid Salles


  • Ricardo Santhiago
  • Astrid Salles



Interview. Astrid Salles. Education. Painting. Indigenous graphic patterns.


In an interview with Ricardo Santhiago, visual artist Astrid Salles revisits aspects of her formation in the field of artistic creation since her youth in the late 1950s, in the state of São Paulo, in order to review important topics of her life history. She graduated in Music and is recognized as the first woman to play the French horn in Brazil. Astrid worked in illustration and landscape representation and now calls herself a painter. In the conversation, she recounts, among other points, her encounter with sertanist Orlando Villas-Bôas, which was crucial for her to dedicate her visual art production to reinterpreting indigenous graphic patterns.


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Biografia do Autor

Ricardo Santhiago

Ricardo Santhiago is a historian and communicologist. He holds a PhD in Social History from the University of São Paulo (2009), a PhD from the Fluminense Federal University (2015), and is currently a professor at the State University of Campinas, where he teaches courses related to Research Methodology and History of Science. Within his areas of expertise – Oral History and Public History – he studies artistic and narrative subjectivity. The books he authored and organized include Dissonant Soloists: Oral History of Black Singers (2009), Oral History in the Classroom (2015) and Oral History and the Arts: Narration and Creativity (2016).

Astrid Salles

Astrid Salles: was born in Piracicaba, state of São Paulo. She graduated in Music and was the first Brazilian woman to play the French horn. She was honored by German composer Ernest Mahle in O Concertino. After becoming an artist, she graduated in secretary of the São Paulo Artists’ Association (APAP). 1975 from FAAP. Encouraged by Orlando Villas-Bôas, she began an approximation with indigenous geometric and graphic patterns in the 1980s, which have marked her work ever since. She is the widow of painter and printmaker Braz Dias, with whom she shared the exhibition Braz Dias e Astrid Salles: o flautista azul e os estandartes (Braz Dias and Astrid Salles: the blue flutist and the banners), whose curator was Jacob Klintowitz in 2013. She lives and works in the city of São Paulo, where she also serves as secretary of the São Paulo Artists’ Association (APAP).

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Santhiago, R., & Salles, A. (2018). An artist’s narrative self-construction: a conversation with Astrid Salles. PORTO ARTE: Revista De Artes Visuais, 23(38).