For the first time, blacks are the majority in the country's leading fine arts award

Since Marcantonio Vilaça was created 15 years ago, only two black artists have won the award.

Brazil's most traditional fine arts award, the Marcantonio Vilaça Award announced, on Thursday night (12), the winners of its seventh edition. They are Aline Motta, Dalton Paula, Dora Longo Bahia, Ismael Monticelli and Rodrigo Bueno. As in previous editions, the list of winners balances strong names in the circuit, here Paula and Long Bahia, and emerging, such as Motta, Monticelli and Bueno.

This is the first time, however, that three of the five winners of the edition - Paula, Motta and Bueno - are black. Since the award was created 15 years ago, only two black artists had been chosen by the award jury, Jaime Lauriano and Lucia Laguna, respectively in 2017 and 2006.

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