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The Jacques Ardies Gallery is located in Vila Mariana and occupies an old house completely renovated.

The gallery, which started its activities in August 1979, is dedicated to the dissemination and promotion of Brazilian naive art.

Over these 42 years, many exhibitions were held, 120 individual exhibitions and more than 200 group shows, in their own space and also in Museums such as MAC in Campinas, MAM in Goiânia, Espace Art 4 in Paris, Espaço Cultural de FMI in Washington, Musée International de art Naïf Anatole Jakovski in Nice, Memorial da América Latina in São Paulo, to name but a few, and also in art galleries such as Galeria Jacqueline Bricard in southern France, Galeria pro Arte Kasper in Switzerland and the Gina Gallery in Tel-Aviv – Israel.

In 1998, Jacques Ardies launched the book Arte Naif no Brasil with the collaboration of the critic Geraldo Edson de Andrade and in 2003, he published the book about the life and work of the Pernambuco artist Ivonaldo, with text by the professor and art critic Jorge Anthonio e Silva . In 2010, he launched his second book about Native Art in Brazil with text by himself and comments from 4 friends who are also in love with this art. Four years later, this same book was published in a French version.

The gallery permanently exhibits paintings and sculptures by 80 artists selected and considered to be representative of the Brazilian naive art movement.

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