there is one person who knows deeply and well the cultural and artistic
evolution of the Pitiusas Islands in the past three decades, it is
Gastão, as he is known by most of the Island’s residents, is a writer
and a language and literature professor. Born in the South of Brazil in
the middle of the 1940s, he has spent more then half his live on
and his wife Jussara have known the Islands since the very early 1970s
and in 1976 they established their house in Sant Josép, where they live
and work most of the year, whenever they are not away on one of their
1979 he published his first book of tales and short histories about
Eivissa, its people, culture and traditions. “Los trabajos y los dias”
was written with his particular sense of humour and irony and also with
his own metaphors and personal points of view. Jussara illustrated it
with exquisite drawings.
book became a success and the edition was soon sold out. He repeated
the experience with a new book in 1983, “Boira” (Fog), also
written following the same style and again illustrated by the same
exquisite hands. This book was also a success, it’s been translated into
German, and there have been several editions of it already. Gastão is
always working on some new ideas involved with his literary career, so
expect to see some of his new works soon.
Apart from his creative work as a writer, Gastão is probably far better
known as an Art-gallery manager, as one of the best “Plastic Arts
experts” and “merchant” of the Islands. It is a job he has been doing
officially since 1978, when he opened the Gallery “Sargantana” (“Lizard”
in Ibicenco) in the village of Sant Josép, just by the side of the
the beginning, the gallery was exclusively dedicated to Jussara’s
paintings: oil-paintings, water-colours, drawings and postcards (here we
have to say that this gallery is quite small, the smallest in size on
the Island, in contrast with the high artistic quality of its
exhibitions). But soon, little by little, some of the best Ibicenco and
resident artists started to exhibit in it, with exclusive selections of
Gastão opened “Gallery Can Berri” in the little village of Sant Agustí,
also by the side of its church. He spends his time between the two
galleries, during the day in Sant José and from 8.30pm in Sant Agustí,
where he is visited by a big number of artists, customers, art-lovers
present there is a good collection of art-pieces in both of them. We can
admire paintings by Jussara, also by V. Ferrer Guasch, Toni Pomar
(Weekly Edition 063, Artists on Ibiza Fifteen, Saturday 11th
May 2002), V. Boberman, Mario Stafforini (Weekly Edition 047 Artists on
Ibiza Seven, Saturday 19th January 2002), Sara Nechamkin
(Weekly Edition 065 Artists on Ibiza Sixteen, Saturday 25th
May 2002), Adrian Rosa (Weekly Edition 055 Artists on Ibiza Eleven,
Saturday 16th March 2002) and Vicent Calbet (Weekly Edition
045 Artists on Ibiza Six, Saturday 5th January 2002) among
others. Also sculptures by Edilson Diniz, Toni Hormigo (Weekly Edition
035 Artists on Ibiza One, Saturday 27th October 2001) Pedro J
Hormigo together with Julio Bauzá (Weekly Edition 041 Artists on Ibiza
Four, Saturday 8th December 2001), Angelina Ribas and some
other new discoveries.
Running his galleries, Gastão has survived year after year in this
difficult business (these galleries are at present the ones being opened
without interruptions, only closing for their trips in the winter
season) with discretion, elegance and class, meeting the most relevant
artists and interesting people, making friends from all over the World.
bet if one day he decides to write a book about the experiences and the
people that he met in his galleries, it will be a big success and a book
that will become a classic, necessary to learn and understand the
cultural and artistic modern history of Eivissa-Formentera.
it is almost impossible to write about Gastão and his career as a writer
and Art-merchant without speaking about his wife Jussara. Both together
form a solid tandem, the ideal complement for a perfect team, two
individual souls pedalling together through life in deep communion with
the Art and the sensitivity.
Jussara de Oliveira was born in Porto Alegre, Brazil. Jussara means
coco-nut-palm tree in the Indian language Tupi-Guarani from where she
comes. She started painting when she was very young; encouraged by her
parents who saw she had a passion for it. At the age of fifteen she
already knew what she enjoyed best doing and what she wanted to do for
her living. She studied for about two years at Art School in Brazil and
later, with the money from a fellowship, she visited Moscow, where she
lived for a few years, then France, Sweden, Germany, Portugal and
Madrid, before Eivissa.
Jussara de Oliveira Heberle
Jussara and Gastão got married in 1969, or it could have been 1968. She
doesn’t remember very well, because they married by papers, when Gastão
was in Moscow and she was in Brazil.
Jussara keeps good memories of all those years living in different
places. From Moscow she remembers with pleasant nostalgia the
extraordinary ballet, the museums, and the colourful tulips of the
Kremlin and Red Square in the summer... From Paris, when she was
studying in the “Sorbona University”. While Gastão was passing his
degrees to get his title as Language and Literature professor, she was
also working in a perfume shop or as a baby sitter... So many memories
from so many places...
then they arrived in Eivissa, of which they had already heard a lot.
They lived among young artists and advanced intellectual circles, first
for two or three years as tourists. Then they couldn’t resist any longer
the call of the magic of the Island. Like the singing of the mermaids to
Ulysses, it tied them to Eivissa, hopefully for the rest of their life,
though they are both very cosmopolitan and big travellers and they keep
on with their international trips every winter.
both soon rooted deeply into this Island, into its environment and
culture, its people and landscapes, as we can see in Jussara’s paintings
and Gastão’s tales. Since then, the life motive of Jussara’s paintings
has been Eivissa, its landscapes, trees, nature and people, especially
the “Dona Pagessa” (the local peasant women, dressed in ancestral
costume). Nowadays, there’s a whole generation of young people who -
when they see one of our “grannies” dressed up in our traditional
costume - call: “Look! There’s a “Jussara!”.” So deep and real is the
communion between her Art and our reality.
her paintings, the experts say: “They show us the interior Eivissa,
transfigured in a poetical interpretation, full of grace, magic and
favourite subject is the local peasant woman, for its magic and mystery,
for its sober elegance and for all that she means to the local culture”.
are not talking about the classical folklore picture, but the spirit,
the real essence of Eivissa”.
Hopefully, we will be able to write again about Jussara and her new
exhibition, on which task she is one hundred percent concentrated at the
moment. Then, we will also show her very intensive and cosmopolitan
All Painting by Jussara de Oliveira Heberle
A Selection of Black &
White Postcards from the work of Jussara de Oliveira Heberle
Gastão Heberle and
the front cover of the German Version of his book “Erzählungen
Jussara de Oliveira
Heberle in front of one of her Paintings
All Pictures Courtesy of
Exhibitions for this Summer at the Gallery “Can
Berri” in Sant Agustí, Eivissa
the 6th to the 30th July: Paintings by Hagen Voss.
the 2nd to the 30th August: Sculptures by Toni
the 31st August to the 12th September: Paintings
by Sarah Nechamkin.
the 17th to the 30th September: Paintings by
Jussara de Oliveira Heberle.