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About Artist:

Hugo Franca is a Sao Paulo based sculptor and designer who works exclusively with reclaimed wood.

Hugo Franca has researched and developed materials and techniques to transform fallen trees into objects, sculptures and furniture. This creative reuse offers a groundbreaking proposal for sustainable design. He spent 15 years in the 1980s and 1990s in isolation in north eastern Brazil, learning the fine points of working with trees. Since that time, he has been sculpturing furniture out of fallen and burned pequi hardwood scavenged from the coastal rain forest.

Hugo Franca's self-imposed exile began in 1982, when he gave up his job at a computer company in Sao Paulo and moved to the jungle in Bahia.

The region is rife with charred six-foot-tall trunks of trees left over from the 1960s and 1970s, when the forests were slashed and burned for agriculture and cattle grazing. The practice of deforestation has since been outlawed. There are also trees that have died from drought or flood, but are still standing 150 feet high in the middle of dense, virgin jungle. These are Hugo Francas favorite finds, because he can carve an entire furniture series from one tree.

Hugo Franca

Hugo Franca Table

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  • Dimensions: 48" x 22" x 48"
  • Fine Art Category: sculptures
  • Medium: sculpture wood
  • Origin: Brazil
  • Price: $13,000.00 USD


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