Brazil | South America
“My name is Natália Calamari and I am an artist born in São Paulo, Brazil.
I grew up in a place in the interior of the state, and it was there that I started to draw, in my father's office supplies.Each day was lived very close to nature. We had chickens and quails, dogs, artesian well, corn, manioc, jabuticabeira, jatobá, mango trees, among many other things. It was paradise.
In my youth we went back to the city. I worked with excavator and tractor quality control at Caterpillar Inc. Routine within a production line requires a training of the senses: everything is measured, counted, and must be done faster and faster. The price of development. I met workers who had been in the same role for 30 years. I felt that this was not my place.
At university I studied Anthropology, which is my academic background and source of inspiration until today. After finishing the course, I dedicated myself to carpentry and, later, in 2010, I set up a product design and laser cutting studio with Rodrigo Mafra, plastic artist, and I started to develop a series of experiments with this technology: children's toys, clothing, prints, using different materials, always looking for a way to reconcile the industrial process and art, creating unique pieces and, as a result of this work, we started to teach courses on these processes.
Since then, drawing has become part of my daily life again, and in recent years I have dedicated myself to illustration, graphic design and authorial artistic work, which includes the images selected for this site, as well as portraits, necklaces, sculptures, among other objects.
I am a contributor to the anthropology magazine Maloca and some of my clients are: The Wenner Gren Foundation (NYC), Fiocruz, Canal Futura, PAHO / OPAS Brazil, Ministry of Health, Ministry of Sports, Brinquebook Publisher, Unicamp, Sesc SP, Brasilia University, among others.