Michael do Carmo Baptista was born and grew-up in the Portuguese community of Kitchener, Ontario. At eighteen, he moved to Toronto and later obtained a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in literary studies from the University of Toronto. His experiences of living in Kitchener’s Portuguese community and living in Toronto’s West-End Portuguese community influence his creative work. Below are eight drawings made by Michael, each representing a decade in the history of Portuguese working-class immigrant women in Canada since 1953.
Portuguese working-class immigrant women in Canada, folk art, and iconography
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