Friday, February 25, 2011


Candido Portinari (December 29, 1903 - February 6, 1962) was one of the most important Brazilian painters and also a prominent and influential practitioner of the neo-realism style in painting.Born to Italian immigrants Giovan Battista Portinari and Domenica Torquato, in a coffee plantation near Brodowski, in São Paulo, Portinari studied at the Escola Nacional de Belas Artes (ENBA) in Rio de Janeiro. In 1928 he won a gold medal at the ENBA and a trip to Paris where he stayed until 1930, when he returned to Brazil.He joined the Brazilian Communist Party and stood for senator in 1947 but had to flee Brazil for Uruguay due to the persecution of Communists. He returned to Brazil in 1951 but suffered ill health during the last decade of his life and died in Rio de Janeiro in 1962 of lead poisoning from his paints.
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Menino Sentado Oil on Canvas 1945 18x15 in

Return From The Fair 1940 oil on canvas 40x32
Cavalos circa 1951 guache card board 30x40cm

Study Discovery of the Land mural Guerra e Paz United States Library of the Congress


Saturday, January 8, 2011


Carmen Miranda, GCIH (Portuguese pronunciation: [ˈkaɾmẽȷ̃ miˈɾɐ̃dɐ] 9 February 1909 – 5 August 1955) was a Portuguese-born Brazilian samba singer, Broadway actress and Hollywood film star popular in the 1940s and 1950s. She was, by some accounts, the highest-earning woman in the United States and noted for her signature fruit hat outfit she wore in the 1943 movie The Gang's All Here. She is considered the precursor of Brazil's Tropicalismo.
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_Renata Gross_

Monday, November 15, 2010


Lina Bo Bardi (Born Achillina Bo on December 5, 1914 in Rome, Italy — Died March 20, 1992 in São Paulo) was a Brazilian modernist architect born in Italy.

After graduating in Rome, she began her career in the office of Giò Ponti in Milan before opening her own office. She did not have many commissions and, in 1943, her office was destroyed by aerial bombing. The event prompted her deeper involvement in the Italian Communist Party. She spent the years following the war documenting destruction across Italy, participating in the National Congress for Reconstruction. She also founded a weekly magazine, A Cultura della Vita, with Bruno Zevi. After the war she married Pietro Maria Bardi.
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MASP - Sao Paulo



WATCH A VIDEO (in spanish):

Below "Casa de Vidro" _ The Glass House _ where she lived for years (Morumbi/Sao Paulo).

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_ Renata Gross _

Saturday, October 23, 2010


"Oscar Ribeiro de Almeida Niemeyer Soares Filho (born December 15, 1907) is a Brazilian architect specializing in international modern architecture. He is a pioneer in exploring the formal possibilities of reinforced concrete solely for their aesthetic impact.

His buildings are often characterized by being spacious and exposed, mixing volumes and empty space to create unconventional patterns and often propped up by pilotis. Both lauded and criticized for being a "sculptor of monuments". he has been praised for being a great artist and one of the greatest architects of his generation by his supporters. His works include public buildings designed for the city of Brasília, and the United Nations Headquarters in New York City (with others)."

WATCH A VIDEO of an interview with Oscar Niemeyer: "...Que coisa mais fofa"!

Brasilia Cathedral (1960-70)

The interior of Brasilia Cathedral

Brazilian National Congress/Brasilia  (1957- 64)

Curitiba Museum (1967-2002)

Museum of Contemporary - MAC/Niteroi-RJ
Rio Lougue Chair (c.1970)

“ It is not the right angle that attracts me, nor the straight line, hard and inflexible, created by man. What attracts me is the free and sensual curve — the curve that I find in the mountains of my country, in the sinuous course of its rivers, in the body of the beloved woman.”

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_ Renata Gross _

Saturday, July 17, 2010


BRAZIL… BRAZIL… BRAZIL… Oh, no! It was really sad losing the game against Netherlands (Holland) last Friday (07/09/10) at the World Cup 2010. To lift my ‘spirit’ and other Brazilians fans I decided to find another ‘11 Brazilian heroes’ that we know already or have heard sometime… Oh, my! There are a lot of other ones! We Brazilians should be really proud that this country is not just about soccer (futebol). It’s about progress, rich history, inventions, art & design, building, music; of course, beautiful woman, and etc. Once this post is to ‘pamper our Brazilian disappointment’ I picked 11 people, just to represent the 11 players that compose the soccer team. When I start doing the research about each ‘hero’ I found so much material for each that I decided to post about them one by one at different days.

So I am going to start with the man who has been the president the country for the last 2 terms...

The first 'hero' is a Politician:


Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva (Portuguese pronunciation: [luˈiz iˈnasiu ˈlulɐ da ˈsiwvɐ] audio (help•info); born 6 October 1945, but registered with a date of birth of 27 October 1945), known popularly as Lula[2] is the thirty-fifth and current President of Brazil. He is featured in Time's The 100 Most Influential People in the World for 2010.[3]

A founding member of the Workers' Party (PT – Partido dos Trabalhadores), he ran for President three times unsuccessfully, first in the 1989 election. Lula achieved victory in 2002, and was inaugurated as President on 1 January 2003. In the 2006 election he was re-elected for a second term as President ending on 1 January 2011. (If you want learn all about Lula, go to: WIKIPEDIA- Free Encyclopedia).

Friday, June 25, 2010


This post comes from my other blog, RG Art & Design Inspirations...  I decided to bring all the 'Brazilians posts' from RGAD INSPIRATIONS to BORN IN BRAZIL blog... 


It’s Carnaval in Brazil until this coming Wednesday! The country stops for 4 days; and in some places for a week! For a lot of people this is the time to “free their spirit” and have a lots of fun! For others, it is just time to take it easy, enjoy the long holiday and relax…
Carnival Roots: (In my opinion, it’s a very interesting history)
“The origins of carnival date back to the ancient Greek spring festival in honor of Dionysus, the god of wine. The Romans adopted the celebration with Bacchanalia (feasts in honor of Bacchus, the Roman equivalent to Dionysus), and Saturnalia, where slaves and their masters would exchange clothes in a day of drunken revelry. Saturnalia was later modified by the Roman Catholic Church into a festival leading up Ash Wednesday. It quickly evolved into a massive celebration of indulgences - one last gasp of music, food, alcohol, and sex before Lent - before the 40 days of personal reflection, abstinence, and fasting until Easter (not exactly what the Church probably had in mind). 40 days of purging sins, preceded by a week filled with virtually every known sin. The word itself comes from Latin, "Carne Vale" or "Farewell to the Flesh"”. (Taken from the website _

I picked some images I found on the Internet to show you a little bit of the power of the Carnaval in Brazil! … A long time ago I used to have “a g’old…a good ol’ time” for 4 days every year!
Enjoy the ENERGY!!!
'Street carnaval' in Salvador - Bahia

That's funny! Looking for videos in YOU TUBE I found this girl, Nana Gouveia - She is the same hometown that I grow up, Uberlandia, Minas Gerais.  I remember that we went to the same high shcool! She is looking HOT! Take a look! BORN IN BRAZIL!!!

Friday, June 4, 2010

Welcome to Brazil!

Timothy Raines cortesy

Do you believe in signs? Well, last night I was really inspirited and felling energetic (after about 2/3 weeks resting because of a bad back). Well, I had this desire to start blogging about the creative things and people from Brazil and outside of Brazil… I got a name for the blog and went to bed! I was really tired, but I couldn’t sleep for a while… because I was “energetic in spirit”, I mean, excited about the idea of starting a new blog _ about Brazil. I finally fell asleep. Today when I woke up, got my coffee (like the praxis) and went to check my emails. I saw this email from my husband (Mike) inviting me to go to watch this Brazilian film festival starting tomorrow, and that is happening right here in New York. Well, then I thought: “It might be a sign”; especially knowing that the company that is promoting the festival is called "Inffinito", which means “infinite”. When I launched my other blog "RG Art & Design Inspirations" I start with this subject, “Infinity”. Thinking that things on earth are infinite, which makes you feel more encouraging when things are not doing well… I not saying that things are not doing well, but I just like this word. I just connect “infinite” with hope and eternity. By the way, Brazilians are generally people who are mystic, believe in signs and saints and never lose their hope!
Seja bem-vindo!
_ Renata Gross _


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