"No matter how much I use elemental forms, the sensory element of the brushstroke, the texture, is always there; for me this is very important. I would never make a completely smooth painting."

Mira Schendel was a Brazilian contemporary artist of the 20th century. Considered one of the most significant artists to emerge from Latin America during the twentieth century, she made numerous drawings on rice paper, but was also active as a painter, a poet, and a sculptor. Born in Switzerland in 1919, Schendel emigrated to Brazil from Europe in 1949, ultimately settling in São Paulo in 1953, where she swiftly occupied a leading place in the country’s vibrant post-war artistic scene.