I <3 Santa


 I start at the arches of Lapa. Or Flamengo Beach. Or the Selaron steps. Or the metro stop in Gloria. If I’m in a rush, or wearing heels, or carrying groceries, or I want to feel the breeze on my face, I ask one of these guys to take me up the hill to Santa […]


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Rio de Janeiro has a flair for the spectacular, and Christmas is no exception: Rio has been home to the world’s largest floating Christmas tree for the last eighteen consecutive years. It may not have millions of LED lights, but this nativity scene in front of the Gloria metro stop is no less magnificent. These […]

Arpoador Ebb & Flow

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Another Depressing Zoo


I had a dream last night I was on a long trek to get to this wild animal park type of place. It was like a big perfectly shaped mound in the middle of this nature scape with all these wild animals inside. The Rio Zoo is not that place. It’s one of over a […]

Red Carpet

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Rio Film Festival is on for the next fifteen days in my favorite city on the planet. 350 films from 60 countries in 18 theaters across the city. This was opening night. Black and white and iPhones all over. Floor-length royal blue lace and a matching mic. Capes and sparkles! These guys are from the […]

Andrea’s Nudes

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                                         My whole artistic career I’ve painted my work with oil on canvas, I’ve painted different subjects like Ipanema and elephants, vases of burnt flowers, etc, always with an impressionist style with the use of concentrated paints in many layers. But for this entire thirty years of […]



ArtRio is happening right now in Rio: pop-up galleries and art from all over the place spilling over 200,000 square feet of waterfront real estate in Rio’s rapidly reurbanizing Port Zone. These were my favorite works in the order I saw them. Sam Francis – Blue Jade, 1982 Betania Samaia - Pão de Açúcar, 2014 A […]

Quiosque Culture


Rio’s South Zone beaches, Copacabana, Ipanema and Leblon, have been suffering years of gradual upgrades that painting over Rio’s vibrant beach culture with retro-futuristic tackiness. There are new police units, the Tourist Police, in attractive cut uniforms, protecting tourists from petty assaults, harassing barefoot young black children with numbing frequency, occasionally raiding the pot smoker’s […]

Dignity and AIDS

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“Without dignity, there is no effective response to the HIV/AIDS epidemic.” The Brazilian National AIDS Program is widely recognized as the leading example of an integrated HIV/AIDS prevention, care, and treatment program in a developing country. ABIA, the Brazilian Interdisciplinary AIDS Association, is an NGO that was founded in 1987 to mobilize society to confront […]

World Cup Protest


Brazil has spent billions of dollars in taxpayer money on the World Cup and illegally evicted up to 200,000 families across the country to make way for World Cup infrastructure projects. Including residents of Favela do Metro, who were evicted at gunpoint to make way for a parking lot for Maracana stadium in Rio that […]