FLÁVIO DE CARVALHO

Flávio de Resende Carvalho (1899-1973) was one of the most influential figures of the Brazilian modernist movement. He was a man of multidimensional talents: artist, architect, writer, engineer, painter, sculptor, theatre play writer and the founder of CAM (Clube dos Artistas Modernos). Known for his eccentric and non-conformist personality he was involved in many provocative performances, which were ahead of their time. One of his most famous “experiment” was to walk in the streets of São Paulo dressed in a yellow and green stripped blouse and a green short skirt, worn over ballerina stockings. The police censored many of his exhibitions and theatrical performances. Le Corbusier considered him as a “romantic revolutionary”. Today, he is regarded as one of the precursors of multimedia arts and the 60’s happenings in the United States. Carvalho was noted for his experimental architecture, such as a scheme for the Governor's Palace in São Paulo in 1927 (which remained only a design), the Main House at Capuava Ranch and a residential complex at Alameda Lorena. Within the framework of his main project, the Capuava ranch, he designed most of its furniture, among them the iconic FDC1 armchair. As an artist Carvalho represented Brazil at the 1950 Venice Biennial. Some of his works are part of the collections of the world´s most important museums of modern art.