''Mario Cravo Neto was born in Salvador, Bahia in 1947. The son of Mario Cravo Junior, a well-known Brazilian sculptor, Crave Neto (grandson) started creating art at an early age. Initially interested in sculpture, Crave Neto turned his attention to photography in the late sixties. At the age of twenty, Cravo Neto moved to New York for two years to take classes at the Art Students League and set up a photo studio. It was this experience in New York that solidified his love for photography.
Shortly after returning home to Brazil, Crave Neto was in a car accident that left him bedridden for a full year. Having worked as as street photographer in New York, he suddenly found himself unable to walk, and in need of a new way of working. Forced to re-evaluate his photography, he set up lights and began shooting in the studio, which he continues to do today.
Combining spiritual, mystical and religious elements -- eggs, birds, animals, fish and bones -- with nude torsos, Cravo Neto creates sensual images which unite man and nature, the erotic and the spiritual. His images reveal a psychological portrait of the Indigenous, Portuguese and African communities that co-exist in Bahia today. Often evoking a ritual look, Cravo Neto's photographs invite the viewer to wander through black spaces, to linger on specific objects that are both elegant and primitive.
One of this most renown images features a man with two fish slung over his shoulder, reminiscent of a market scene, yet layered with sexual and religious overtones; a man facing the camera, his chin thrown back, holding a large white bird over his care chest in an act of sacrifice; the wrinkled forehead of a man whose eyes are covered by the tails of two tiny white birds, obscuring his eyesight but not his vision.
Mario Cravo Neto's work has been exhibited throughout the United States and Europe, and is included in numerous monographs. His work is part of various private and public collections including the Museum of Fine Arts (Houston), Museum of Photographic Arts (San Diego), Stedelijk Museum (Amsterdam) and Museu de Arte de Sao Paulo (Brazil).''
Las fotografías de Mario Cravo Neto irradian una gracia observada. Son impresiones meditativas de acciones privadas que envuelven al fotógrafo en actos de consagración. Más allá de su notable nivel de realización, las fotografías de Cravo Neto se vinculan a toda su producción artística por su formalidad, por un contenido reductivo caracterizado por una enfática participación de la luz y la sombra, y por una intensidad de atención que elimina completamente lo no esencial y se concentra en las cualidades esenciales al tema. Esta luminosa presencia física es un atributo de la transacción entre la presencia voluntaria del modelo y Cravo Neto, el que tomó la foto.
Mário Cravo Neto (Salvador, 20 de abril de 1947 - Salvador, 9 de agosto de 2009) foi um fotógrafo e escultor brasileiro.
Filho do escultor Mário Cravo Júnior, viveu em Nova Iorque entre 1968 e 1970, onde estudou na Art Student League. Participou da Bienal Internacional de São Paulo em 1971, 1973, 1975, 1977 e 1983 e recebeu diversos prêmios nacionais de fotografia. Sua obra faz referências à sua cidade natal e faz parte do acervo de diversos museus como o Museu de Arte Moderna de Nova Iorque, o Museu de Arte Moderna do Rio de Janeiro e o Stedelijk Museum em Amsterdã, entre outros.Colaborou com as revistas Popular Photography e Câmera 35 e publicou onze livros.