Aberaldo was born in the town of Ilha do Ferro, in the municipality of Pão de Açúcar, Alagoas, in 1960. There he grew up and lived until today because he really likes the backlands. A sertão more than special, very dry but surrounded by waters and mountains.
“Here in the woods, I find myself. I like to go out, camp in the open and feel nature as it is. I’ve always lived here on my father’s estate. He only rode on horseback and on foot. I think my mother has a part with Indian. We would go out and when she saw someone, she would run and hide. This was the backlands. The oldest house here is from 1600 and one of the oldest families signed Sandes Ferro. They say that Dutch, Spanish and a Galician people passed here. I think it mixed everything up. ”
In the back of his house, the place where he works reveals his universe. Branches, papers, cocoons of all kinds, leaves and roots.
“Here I like to do my things. There is a piece of wood that tells us what it wants to be. I do not like to do things that already exist, like the images of saints. Of the things that exist, I like to do only animals and birds. And in the form of people, I like ex-vows. I am happy because I always survived with art. There are people who do not believe in what they do and it must be very sad. ”