Lita Cerqueira

Life resists, nature persists, beauty remains.

Yes, Afro-Brazilian art took root from a feeling of its own history, traditions, dreams and tenacity.
It is this tenacity that allowed black Brazilians to resist, to survive the social atrocities to which they were exposed, and which they are still living in their history, religion and traditions in Brazil.
It is with this persistence they conquered space, accepting their existence and transforming it into a positive reality.

Lita Cerqueira is stubborn and bold.

With this obstinacy she built a work that traces the Afro-Brazilian History in Contemporary Art. Without really being aware, persistence led her to an art that has given her the chance to change her own life.

The Brazilian “Quilombo” struggle came to an end, it was replaced by that of the intellectual struggle, which Lita Cerqueira participates actively. Brazilian “Quilombo” gave birth to cinema, samba, dance and the creation of the Brazilian culture.
Lita Cerqueira’s gaze sweeps the land, demystifies life, beautifies all that is beyond what we perceive at first glance.

It is my great honor to present the Art of Lita Cerqueira, offering a little of this heritage and sharing all these emotions and feelings so well with you.

Ricardo Fernandes


Lita Cerqueira’s photographs are a result of sensitivity of a gaze. Wrought in the anguish and acuteness of repressed people, but proud and patient ones, with the magical dimensions of this civilization that is in progress, a fourth dimension in the life of inspired nations such as Brazil.

I am well acquainted with this confluence between desire of a tropical artist and the unpredictability of our willful gods. I am an artist, just as Lita is, also black and also from Bahia, and I know that her photographs are a miracle of a gaunt attentive eye tended by the inattentive eye of gods in a trance.

Gilberto Gil



Main Exhibitions


Les couleurs du Brésil, Johnson & Johnson Paris, France

Le Brési en Noir et Blanc, Cloître des Billettes, Cultural Center, Paris, France



Vinícius de Moraes, 100 years, FNAC, São Paulo, Brazil

A Fotografia Como eu Sou, FNAC, Curitiba, Brazil

Lita Cerqueira at Ricardo Fernandes Gallery, Paris, France



La photographie telle que je suis, Ricardo Fernandes Gallery, Paris, France

Femmes du Brésil, Centre Diocésain de Besançon, France

Photographe Bahianaise, Lita Cerqueira, Centre Diocésain de Bensançon, France



Collective-Collectible, Ricardo Fernandes Gallery, Paris, France

De A a Z, Ricardo Fernandes Gallery, Paris, France



A Fotografia Como Eu Sou, Oi Futuro Flamengo, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil



A fotografia como Eu Sou, Pinacoteca de São Paulo, Brazil

Madaleine Cerimony, Bom Fim Church, Paris, France



Cosmopolita – Lita Cerqueira Retrospective, Correios Cultural Center, Salvador, Brazil



Acquisition Ceremony, 10 photos of Lita Cerqueira at the Afro-Brazilian Museum of Ibirapuera Park, São Paulo, Brazil



Madaleine Cerimony, Bom Fim Church, Paris, France



Official Photographer of Bahia Carnival – Trio Eletrico 2222, Flora Gil, Salvador, Brazil



The Rediscovery of Brazil 500 – Black Body and Soul Festival – Parque do Ibirapuera, São Paulo, Brazil



Representative of the State of Bahia at VIVA BAHIA!, African American Heritage Society – Pensacola Cultural Center of Florida, Miami, USA



Official Photographer of Salvador Cultural Center, Salvador, Brazil


Songbooks Photography



60 years of Gilberto Gil: All tales, Bene Tonteles, GG Edições, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil



Anthology of Photography in Africa and the Indian Ocean, Emanuel Araújo and André Joly, Revue Noire, Paris, France



Cazuza, Compact book



Gilberto Gil, Bossa Nova



Almir Chediak, Lumiar Edition House

Caetano Veloso, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Kassav, Philippe Conrath, Editions Seghers, Paris, France

Cazuza, Only Mothers are Happy, São Paulo, Brazil

Gilberto Gil – All the words of Gilberto Gil, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

The Burning Sands, Scarlet Moon Knight, Editora Globo, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil


Documentary Film

Gilberto Gil, The Power of Music. Dominique Dreyfus film produced by Yves Billon; Distribution Zaradoc – Paris, France


Celebrities immortalized by Lita Cerqueira

Alceu Valença

Arrigo Barnabé

Bob Marley

Caetano Veloso


Chico Buarque

Dorival Caimi

Gilberto Gil

Gal Costa

Hermeto Pascoal

João Gilberto

Jorge Benjor

Luís Melodia

Maria Betânia

Milton Nacimento

Ney Matogrosso

Peter Tosh