Fado Singer Mariza
I heard some fado the very first time I went to Portugal.
It was on the occasion of The World Exposition in Lisbon in 1998.
It is a long time ago and I haven’t concrete memories, apart that I loved the fado performances I saw there, as well on the Expo ground as in some cabaret in the town.
And well, the other day I saw Mariza on a DVD, and was glad to hear that she brings fado to the Wide World. Also of course her appearance could not fail to inspire me as a portrait artist and I had to paint her. This artwork is a mix of classical art (pasteL0 and digital art (to reach some special effects and vibrancy).
“Mariza (Portuguese pronunciation: [mɐˈɾizɐ]) is the stage name of a popular fado singer. She was born Marisa dos Reis Nunes on 16 December 1973 in Lourenço Marques, Mozambique. At the time, Mozambique was known as the Portuguese Overseas Province of Mozambique.
Mariza is the child of a Portuguese father and a mother of partial black African heritage. At age 3, her family moved to Metropolitan Portugal, and she was raised in Lisbon’s, historic quarters of Mouraria and Alfama. While very young she began singing in a wide variety of musical styles, including gospel, soul and jazz. Her father strongly encouraged her to adopt fado; he felt that participating in the traditional music would grant her greater acceptance in the Portuguese community.
She has sold over 1.000.000 records worldwide…”
This painting is available as poster and Giclee print, in different sizes and different formats, in my FAA Gallery:
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