As a resident of Niterói, thanks to the
Here is a very brief biography modified from here. Also, the video provides an overview of some of Niemeyer's more famus projects.
Oscar Niemeyer was born in
on the December 15, 1907. Rio de Janeiro
After graduating from the National School of Belas Artes in
Rio de Janeiro in 1934 he joined a team of Brazilian architects collaborating with Le Corbusier on a new Ministry of Education and Health building in . Oscar Niemeyer worked with Lucio Costa and Le Corbusier on this project until 1938. Rio de Janeiro
The Corbusian influence is evident in the early works of Oscar Niemeyer. However, the architect gradually acquired his own style: the lightness of his use of curved forms created spaces that transformed the architectural scheme into something that was heretofore unknown; harmony, grace and elegance are the adjectives that are most often used to describe the work of Oscar Niemeyer.
In 1964, his political affiliation with the communist party forced him into exile in
. There Oscar Niemeyer constructed the building for the French communist party. With the end of the dictatorship Oscar Niemeyer returned to France Brazil, teaching at the and working in private practice. University of Rio de Janeiro
Recognized as one of the first to pioneer new concepts in architecture in this hemisphere, his designs are artistic gesture, with underlying logic and substance.
His pursuit of great architecture linked to roots of his native land has resulted in new plastic forms and a lyricism in buildings, not only in
, but around the world. Oscar Niemeyer was awarded the Pritzker Architecture Prize in 1988 in recognition of his lifetime of achievements. Brazil
Although semi-retired, Oscar Niemeyer still works at the drawing board and welcomes young architects from all over the world. Oscar Niemeyer hopes to instill in them the sensitivity to aesthetics that allowed him to strive for beauty through the manipulation of architectural forms.
This scant biographical statement does not do justice to Mr. Niemeyer. If you are interested, I suggest you read his Wikipedia entry here.
Hey, today is Wednesday. That means entrance to the museum is free. I think I'll go take a look. Maybe they will be hosting a birthday party...