Spirit of the Rainforest Amazon Rainforest
Artist John Dyer and Amazon Indian Nixiwaka Yawanawá spent ten days working together on a new series of paintings in May 2015 in the rainforest biome of the Eden Project.
Nixiwaka had never painted on canvas before but had a good eye and use of line as the tribe regularly uses plant dye for body painting.
John Dyer recognised this strong ability to draw immediately in Nixiwaka and discovered that Nixiwaka’s dream was to paint and to be an artist, it was this that started ‘Spirit of the Rainforest’.
Their work together, and the resulting new genre of art, inspired thousands of people and children from around the world to connect deeply and positively with tribal culture.
John Dyer & Amazon Indian Nixiwaka Yawanawá
John Dyer pictured at the 'Spirit of the Rainforest' exhibition at the Eden Project
Amazon Indian Nixiwaka Yawanwá at work on his painting 'Yuxi Yuve' the Amazon Waterspirit.
John Dyer and Nixiwaka Yawanawá's paintings
BBC news footage from the 'Spirit of the Rainforest' project at the Eden Project.
View the exhibition that was held at the Eden Project including some of the Children's art
“I went round the exhibition with our Chinese delegation yesterday and they were dumbstruck by the sheer effervescence of the display. Simply marvellous.”