Brazilians are mourning the loss of almost 2,000 works of Helio Oiticica, on a fire last night in Rio de Janeiro. The works were estimated in US$ 200 million.
Born in Rio in 1937, Hélio Oiticica came to be regarded as one of the most revolutionary artists of the country for its innovative and experimental work. Oiticica was a founder in 1959 of the Neoconcreto movement along with names such as Amilcar de Castro, Lygia Clark and Franz Weissmann. His work “Tropicalia” was one of the main inspirations of the Tropicalia movement.
Caetano Veloso, Brazilian singer and composer, wears one of Oitcica’s ‘Parangoles’