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Brazilian Pop Artist Helio de Sousa is showing his fantastic footwear collection paintings “Shoes Has Soul” from July 25th to August 24th, 2013 at Banco do Brasil on 42nd street, NYC.

Helio de Sousa, the winner of the 2013 Brazilian International Press Award for Visual Arts, is a New York based artist. Inspired by Andy Warhol’s iconic 1956 painting “Boot,” Helio got his flash of insight that shoes have soul and started painting them in 2008. For the artist, a shoe means much more than an accessory, a shoe in his hands becomes art.

Helio is not represented by a gallery and he works by request. People ask Helio to paint the shoes they wore at important moments in their lives. He has painted over 50 soles including Francisco Costa – the creative director of Calvin Klein, celebrity chef Lidia Bastianich, members of the De Niro family, and Carmen Miranda on behalf of the Carmen Miranda Museum in Rio de Janeiro.

The artist has exhibited his “Shoe Has Soul” paintings at Barney’s New York, Ornare Miami, Consulate General of Brazil in New York and at the United Nations. In addition to the Banco do Brasil exhibition, Helio de Sousa will have an exhibition at the Brazilian Academy of Art, Culture and History in São Paulo, Brazil in October 2013.

A Must See!

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HELIO 2 - Copy Pilar Rossi and Helio de Sousa at the “Shoes Has Soul” Exhibition in NYC

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