Hector Julio Paride Bernabo (1911- 1997) is better known by his nickname, Carybe. (Whilst living in Rio de Janeiro, he was a scout. In his scout group they were called after types of fish, and he was given the nickname of Carybé (a kind of piranha). So the artist chose it as an alias).
Although known as an artist of Bahia, he was actually born in Argentina. His father was Italian, his mother was Brazilian. The family lived in Italy from 1912 to 1919 when they moved to Rio de Janeiro. From the age of 16 he spent two years studying at the School of Fine Arts in Rio de Janeiro until the family returned in 1928 to Buenos Aires. Carybe found employment there as a newspaper illustrator. This job provided the opportunity to travel around South America including visits to Salvador where he moved to in 1950. He made Salvador his home and became a Brazilian citizen in 1957.
He is best known for his colourful paintings of Afro-Brazilian religious cults, including Candomble, which mixes native African deities with Roman Catholic saints. He used strong lines and rich splashes of colour to depict mulattoes, pimps and other figures in Brazilian street life. He employed the same elements to render Afro-Brazilian deities, painting them in masks and skirts as they appear in Candomble ceremonies. His work has been used to illustrate novels written by such Latin American authors including Jorge Amado Gabriel Garcia Marquez.
His murals are in several countries; in the airports of Miami ( moved from New York), Rio de Janeiro and Salvador, and his works are in museum collections including the Museums of Modern Art in New York, São Paulo and Bahia, the Arte Contemporânea de Lisboa and the Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian in Portugal, and the Memorial da América Latina in São Paulo. He won various awards including the drawing prize at the III Bienal de São Paulo in 1955. He also participated in the XXVII Bienal de Veneza in 1956, and the Sala Especial at the XI Bienal de São Paulo