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Who is Athos Bulcão?

April 3, 2011

An interesting tid-bit scalped from a great site I stumbled upon…

This is a look at some beautiful tile work that took place in Brazil just after the mid 50′s. During this time a new leader takes over the Brazilian presidency and promises to modernize Brazil’s economy. Now, imagine that he actually sets about to memorialize his revolution with a new country capital lead by the collective artistic endeavors of Lucio Costas, Le Corbusier and Oscar Neimeyer and you’ve got – Brasilia.

The story of the creation and construction of Brazil’s modern capital city is filled with intrigue, conspiracy and scandal. But for our purposes the story is about an urban landscape of modernist structures emphasized by the prolific graphic visions of artist and master tile designer- Athos Bulcão.

 Mr. Bulcão, who was a painter and sculptor employed by Neimeyer to assist in the decorative aspects of the modernist construction. Later known as the artist of Brasilia, Bulcão’s prolific works touch nearly every part of Brazil’s capital city.

Athos Bulcão











Bulcao is obviously considered a national treasure in Brazil, but outside his homeland he is barely recognized. Does anyone besides me wonder why so few buildings in America are clad with decorative tiles? I think it might be time for a tile revolution…

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  1. June 8, 2011 3:35 pm

    Thank you for sharing this amazing tile art. I am awed and would love to see that everywhere!

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