Boi de Piranha, 2019
Paulo Govea, Brazilian
US$ 3,000 + tax and shipping
41,5 x 34,75" | 105,41 x 88,26cm
Acrylic on Canvas
Original and unique artwork
About the Artwork
“The Brazilian expression “boi de piranha” refers to something or someone that is sacrificed so that another person is alleviated from a difficulty or blame. In the great plains of Brazil, where herds of a million cows roam land that spans areas greater than countries, it is surprising how few dangers lie in their wake. And so if you want to shift the blame in Brazil, you need to obtain a piranha cow.
The painting shows a woman in the water representing the cow that is being sacrificed to the piranhas to allow the rest of the herd to cross the water safely. In reality the painting is a political statement referring to politicians who willingly use something or someone in order to divert attention from the fraud that they are committing. At the bottom of the river lies the Statue of Liberty.