ESCADARIA SELARON, Snt Tereza: Rio De Janeiro. Arte Mundial (brief autobiography by Selaron) / Photo story by Oliver ‘Souls’ Velasquez

Selaron en Lapa, BR

I was born in Chile, South America in 1947 and  after travelling, working and living in more than 50 countries, I arrived in Brazil in 1983. In 1990, I started work on my major masterpiece which, little by little, turned into the most original stairway in the world. It has 250 stairs and is 125 metres long. In the beginning, everyone laughed at me I covered the steps in green, blue and yellow tiles – the colours of the Brazilian flag. As I worked, my profession changed from painter to sculptor, my hands covered in blood, calluses, irritating and in pain. Even though the work was difficult, I was passionate about it.

The rent was late, the phone was cut but every time I succeeded in finding some money, I bought materials and continued, obsessed and possessed.
I worked without rest and I stopped when I had no more material left. When that happened, I painted paintings to earn some money so that I would be able to continue my work. Since 1977, I have painted and drawn over 25,000 pregnant women, my choice of subject due to a past personal issue. I have already painted more than 300 tiles and I have put much of my life into my masterpiece. I have invented a fantastic unique technique which consists of constantly changing the tiles. This gives a unique energy, and makes it a living, mutating work of art with over 2000 different tiles, collected in over 60 different countries.
selaron Lapa



trade mark chareacters of Selaron

Rio 08 Selaron and friend

Lapa stairs by Selaron

Rio de Janeiro


tites by Selaron

self portrait

escaleras brasileiras arte de SELARON, chilean artist in Brazil

cool angle...
tiles gift to Selaron from tourist
Selaron em casa

by OLIVER ‘SOULS’ VELASQUEZ (from his diaries in Brazil 2008)

Jorge Selarón was born in Chile in 1947. He traveled, lived and worked as a painter and sculptor in over 50 countries around the world before arriving and deciding to settle in Rio de Janeiro in 1983.
In 1990, Selarón began renovating a dilapidated stairway that ran along the font of his house. At first, neighbours mocked him for his choice of colours as he covered the steps in fragments of blue, green and yellow tiles – the colours of the Brazilian flag.  It was a tribute to the Brazilian people.
Selaron by Oliver 'Souls' Velasquez
photo by Oliver Souls
Oliver "Souls" Velasquez


2 Responses to “ESCADARIA SELARON, Snt Tereza: Rio De Janeiro. Arte Mundial (brief autobiography by Selaron) / Photo story by Oliver ‘Souls’ Velasquez”

  1. Sem igual!

  2. fantastic! its remane me the piece of me and my art!

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