The Last Pink-Breasted Wolf-Bird of the Atlantic Coastal Forest of Bahia
2002, 105 x 72 cm, Acrylic on canvas
If any of Antonino’s paintings mesmerize people, it’s this one. The title too speaks volumes. Anyone even vaguely familiar with the planet we live on must have heard of the mass destruction of Brazilian forest, not only the Amazon. And it's not just trees and animals, but entire species that die every day.
Like so many of Antonino’s paintings, this is a question: How long will we keep on passively accepting the extermination and traffic of wild animals?
The face will also be the mascot of The Antonino Foundation, the goal of which is to set aside money earned from the museum to buy Amazonian “farmland”, in other words, forest up for grabs for conversion into forest. It’s relatively cheap, which is part of the problem, and the natives tend to disappear quite quickly. Methods: fastest and most efficient: machine-gun; sickest: free bags of sugar for the kids, laced with poison; or “traditional”: the good old-fashioned machete.
The idea is to buy it and leave it as it is. For more details, see Antonino Foundation.