I prefer the rhythm of the painting as I'm working on it; I like to listen only to it; and without distraction
(B. Milhazes quoted by A. Lindsay, Parkett, 2009, p.132).
The playful interactions of dynamic patterns and swirls of rich, luscious colors imbue Beatriz Milhazes' Rosa Nocturna with an energy and life of its own. A kaleidoscope of vibrant colors, geometric and organic shapes weave in and out of the canvas, as if the painting is constantly moving, growing and evolving. Her spatial organization and color sensibility reflect of modern masters such as Henri Matisse and Piet Mondrian, though she also seems to draw much more diverse influences such as the works of Italian fashion designer, Emilio Pucci. Her Brazilian heritage contributes profoundly to her paintings by drawing from folk influences of Chitao (colorful, cheap Brazilian fabric), jewelry, embroidery and painting. Rosa Nocturna is a vivacious, ebullient work that seems to almost pulsate, as the colors and forms interact and grow organically much like the Brazilian flora and fauna that surrounds her.