Rafael Mantesso had a novel way of coping with divorce. Indeed, his other half had completely cleared out their apartment, leaving him bereft without a single piece of furniture to his name. But instead of moping around or crawling into a beer bottle, Mantesso found a more artistic outlet for his pain.
And to add insult to injury, Mantesso’s wife left him on his 30th birthday, taking all of the cookware, furniture, photos and decorations with her. But the Brazilian artist decided to make the most of the blank walls in his now empty house.
The only thing Mantesso’s ex had left behind was the dog – a bull terrier she had named after her favorite shoe designer: Jimmy Choo. And when he found himself alone in a bare apartment in Brazil’s Carangola, it was man’s best friend who helped Mantesso find his way through heartbreak and back to his art.