Having been attracted
by paintings and the life of impressionist artists between the age of 13 and
14, Lucemar de Souza bought a few bottles of gouache, starting then to express
herself by means of the brush.
While studying architecture in Rio de Janeiro, she was encouraged by one of her professors, Renato Meneschal, to paint watercolours.
During this period, a specific incident had profound significance on her future life. At a lecture given by professor Clarival do Prado Valladares he noticed that during a projection of slides, she was taking notes in the form of succinct and expressive sketches. “The girl who draws in the dark” was eventually presented to the artist Ivan Serpa when he visited one of these lectures. This encounter resulted in Lucemar de Souza, later on, to become a regular visitor of Ivan Serpa’s house and his lectures, resulting in his orientation, professional discipline and passion for art to influence her work in a permanent fashion.