Inspiration From Art and Culture

Brazilian designer combines art and tradition to create a unique collection of figurines

Published on LatinoLA: November 3, 2009

Inspiration From Art and Culture

Brazilian designer Paulo P. Lima recently launched a collection of unique hand made figurines inspired by baroque art and Brazilian culture.

Influenced by Brazilian baroque art and the tradition of dressing religious figurines for processions and church decoration, the figurines represent music, nature and other lavish themes. Lima uses materials such as hand-made felt, hand-dyed silk, paper, dried leaves, leather, wool and plastic to create unique looks for each figurine.

"I bought my first figurines in October 2008, in New York. They were exactly what I had used as inspiration for The Saint Plays," said Lima. "I fell in love with the idea of dressing them with materials that I had collected during my graduate years. The colors, shapes and textures of the materials allowed me to reconnect to my own culture and explore my creativity. I truly enjoy decorating the figurines with a contemporary and secular look."

Each figurine has an eccentric name that defines its theme and coveys the definition of baroque as an elaborate work of art.

Paulo Lima received his Masters in Fine Arts in Costume Design and has styled for theatrical productions both regionally and internationally. Lima has been a costume designer for "The Saint Plays", "445" and "Gota D'Agua", major theatrical productions in California and in his native country of Brazil. Lima not only possesses passion for costume design but also has an eye for texture fabrics and color patterns. Earning his degree and providing costume direction and consultation for several productions has greatly influenced his desire to craft these elegant and striking figurines.

Each figurine cost $675 to $1,200 plus shipping and handling. If you are in the Los Angeles area Lima will personally deliver the figurines. For more information on Paulo P. Lima and to purchase the figurines, please visit his Facebook page. He can also be reached at 310.500.9184 and via e-mail at

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