Born in 1964, in Alcantara, Rio De Janeiro, Brazil and working in the family business for many years, Maciel moved to the United States to pursue the American dream. “Drawing was a gift awoken from within me by my grandfather. Every time he came to visit, I impatiently asked him to draw his stick figures and animals from ordinary numbers on any piece of paper I had available. I tried to copy him, and I became pretty good at it.
At fifteen I became aware of other artists, and I was influenced by their brush strokes, styles, colors, perspective, structure, form, etc. My favorites though are Michelangelo, Dali, Rubens, Van Gogh and Picasso. Each one offered me a new vision of what was in their minds and spirit. Each one made me see
and feel the world differently. That difference, is what I feel when I am drawing or painting, for it’s my refuge, my escape, my world.