Born in 1935, J. Borges had little formal schooling but grew up absorbing the rich culture of Brazil’s Northeast. In the 1950s, he began composing humorous rhymes and pointed political satires that he printed and sold as small pamphlets of poetry, literatura de cordel. J. Borges and his brother, Amaro Francisco, and their sons continue to invent and publish cordel and large, imaginative woodcuts with this same wit and humor. J. Borges’ works have been exhibited in the U.S. at the International Folk Art Museum and the Smithsonian Institution and at the Louvre in Paris, France.

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Cordel artists from
the Northeast

Bezerros, Pernambuco
Amaro Francisco Borges
J. Miguel
J. Borges
Manasses Borges
Severino Borges

Juazeiro do Norte, Ceará
Abraão Batista
José Lourenço

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