started painting and drawing in the middle of 1980's as an occupational
therapy while recovering from a serious accident in 1982. He produces
massively and his art mirrors his philosophy and poetry, which has
been influencing generations since the end of the 1960's.
Baptista use of colours and textures reminds a mix of psychedelia
with art naïf, seasoned with interventions evoking contemporary
art. The word is an important item in Arnaldo's art. He likes to
play with various meanings and possibilities of the language, building
up puzzles to create a new lingo world.
the beginning of his career back in the 1960's, Arnaldo
has shown an astonishing capability of self-recycling himself. He
easily allows new elements to come into his music and art without
been necessarily aware of 'what is new' out there. It looks like
his mission is to point out a future that is not there yet but can
be felt through his music, poetry and art. (Sônia Maia).