One of the many immigrants that are living in Rio got famous through his art. He was living in a house in Lapa, right next to the stairs that lead to Santa Teresa. He began adding pieces of ceramics on the stairs. Friends and admirers donated tiles and porcelain. It took him 20 years to finish his work, but now this is the heart of Rio de Janeiro. Probably every person who`s been to Rio has seen the Escadaria Selaron. When he was 65 years old he was found dead on the steps. As Selaron himself stated, the stairs are a tribute to the Brazilian people.
Lapa shows many examples of good street art. But you can find this everywhere around the city, in the facy neighborhoods and in the favela.
It is an important aspect of the underground culture in Rio and I think it helps you learn about the people`s mentality. The subject they choose are sometimes very interesting because they raise awareness on important subjects like ecology, discrimination, poverty or homophobia. It is a great way to learn about the culture.
This is an example of participative street art. In this case, people are asked to right down their wishes.