Art: Brazil's Cavalcanti

Emiliano Augusto di Cavalcanti Albuquerque de Mello—better known as "Di" —is one of Brazil's best painters. Fourteen of his cheerful, chubby pictures (including the three on the opposite page) are a feature attraction of the most comprehensive show of contemporary art ever staged in Latin America. In the exhibition in São Paulo, which includes 1,700 works from 21 countries, Di has a room to himself.

Di looks and acts rather like a smaller replica of his idol, Diego Rivera. He has the same froggish frame and features, a similar instinct for gregarious, bohemian living. In his pockets, he usually carries a pen,...

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