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Hélio Petrus has lived in Mariana, Minas Gerais since the age of 7, and he was educated in the seminary. He always felt a strong religious influence from the characteristic Baroque art which filled the churches and monuments of his city. While studying philosophy and letters...

   THE NEW BAROQUE OF HÉLIO PETRUS In his own words: “I try to take that dramatic density and suffering of the saints of the 18th century Baroque and make them more cheerful and jovial. For example, in my sculptures of the Saint Francisco I use birds...