Brazilian Profile: Oscar Niemeyer Posted by Transparent Language on Apr 28, 2008 in Brazilian Profile
Born Oscar Ribeiro de Almeida Niemeyer Soares Filho, this Brazilian is not only the most famous modern architect in his own country but is also famous world-wide.
was born to Jewish parents in 1907 in Rio de Janeiro’s middle class
Laranjeiras neighborhood. He attended the School of Fine Arts before
beginning his career in architecture. He also joined the Communist
Party and later inhis life met several famous communist leaders, and as
a result was forced into exile during the military regime in the 1960s.
He moved to Paris and only returned to Brazil in the 1980s.
Niemeyer, age 100, is a prolific architect, and has created dozens of famous modern works throughout the world. His most famous works include:
- Ministry of Culture, Rio de Janeiro
- Maracana Stadium, Rio de Janeiro
- the Sambodrome, Rio de Janeiro
- the Church of St. Francis, Pampulha, Brazil
- United Nations Headquarters (with others), New York, New York
- Communist Party Headquarters, Paris, France
- Contemporary Art Museum, Niteroi, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
- National Congress, Presidential Palace, National Museum, Cathedral and other buildings in Brasilia, Brazil
- Oscar Niemeyer Museum, Curitiba, Brazil
For more information, visit Niemeyer’s official website here.