Unfortunate news today from Rio de Janiero: beloved outsider artist Jorge Selarón, who adorned a set of 250 stairs in the central Lapa neighborhood with bright tiles over the course of 20 years was found dead on his stairs.
BBC reports the story here.
I met Selarón when I was shooting in Rio in October and November for Airbnb. He was a character — holding court while painting out on the steps, BSing with anyone who engaged him, sticking his tongue out in photos his admirers snapped. The stairs are a Rio landmark, and Selaron a treasure, and he will me missed.
What a monument to life and passion and commitment, to leave behind, though.
Keep an eye on this blog for more from Rio in the days to come…