Carybé's work is on permanent display at Salvador Bahia Airport

Carybé's work is on permanent display at Salvador Bahia Airport

Work listed in January this year refers to the history and cultural expressions of Bahia

From now on, whoever leaves Salvador will be reminded, still at the airport, of the reasons for returning. It is because the work "Cultural Manifestations", by Carybé, went on permanent display in the pre-boarding area of Salvador Bahia Airport, a member of the VINCI Airports network. The work highlights the cultural wealth of Bahia in a way that only art is capable of doing.

The four panels, which together are 5m x 2.08m, were stored during the expansion and renovation of the airport, which was completed last year. At the end of the renovation, an architectural study was carried out to define the most appropriate place to exhibit the work, in order to give value to it, highlight it and make it accessible.

In January of this year, "Cultural Manifestations" and 18 more creations by the Argentine artist were listed by the City of Salvador. The set, as well as much of Carybé's work, values and retells the city's history.

About the artist

Carybé, stage name of Hector Julio Páride Bernabó, was an Argentine painter, engraver, draftsman, illustrator, mosaicist, ceramist, woodcarver and muralist naturalized in Brazil. He lived in Salvador for almost 50 years, a time when he promoted a renovation in the visual arts alongside artists such as Mário Cravo, Jenner Augusto and Genaro de Carvalho.

Here, Carybé was inspired by colors, history and customs to create the most important pieces of his career. In addition, he made drawings for dozens of works by the writer Jorge Amado, of whom he was a great friend, in addition to illustrating works by photographer Pierre Verger.


Valuing artists and the cultural traditions of the places where they are located is a characteristic of all airports in the VINCI Airports network, of which Salvador Airport is a part. In 2020, VINCI Airports forged 15 local artistic collaborations, as for example at the Lyon-Saint Exupéry airport in France, which exhibited the works of the famous contemporary artist Abraham Poincheval. Through the so-called "sense of place" or "sense of belonging", the airports of the VINCI network are no longer impersonal places but inspiring places that reflect the cultural richness of the regions they serve.

"Cultural Manifestations"
Work: 5m x 2.08m panel
Date of execution: 1984
Technique: oil on canvas
Theme: cultural manifestations of Bahia

About Salvador Bahia Airport

Located in Salvador, capital of Bahia and the first Brazilian capital, Salvador Bahia Airport has been part of the VINCI Airports network since January 2, 2018 through a 30-year Concession Contract. Since then, the airport has incorporated global operating standards, seeking to deliver more efficiency, safety and a better travel experience for its passengers. With this objective, works were carried out to modernize and expand the passenger terminal, an investment of R $ 700 million that increased its capacity by 50%, from 10 million to 15 million passengers per year.

Named as the "Most Sustainable Aerodrome in Brazil", Salvador Bahia Airport stands out for its pioneering spirit in environmental preservation actions. Guided by Air Pact, VINCI Airports' global strategy, the airport was the first in Brazil to reuse 100% of the water consumed, not to dispense solid waste for landfills and to have a solar plant – with 4.2 MW of power. The airport's actions to reduce carbon emissions led it to receive the Carbon Accreditation Certification (ACA Certification) by the International Airport Council (ACI). More information can be found on the website or on the social networks @salvadorbahiaairport.

About VINCI Airports

VINCI Airports, as the leading private airport operator in the world, manages the development and operation of 45 airports located in Brazil, Cambodia, Chile, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, France, Japan, Portugal, Serbia, Sweden, the United Kingdom and the United States. Served by more than 250 airlines, VINCI Airports' network handled 255 million passengers in 2019.

Through its expertise as a comprehensive integrator, VINCI Airports develops, finances, builds and operates airports, leveraging its investment capability and know-how to optimise the management and performance of airports and carry out extensions and upgrades. In 2019, its annual revenue for managed activities amounted to €4.9 billion, for a consolidated revenue of €2.6 billion.