Selarón, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Jorge Selarón, a Chilean artist, is most famous for his ever-expanding artwork, covering 215 steps in Rio with tiles from around the world. He continually changes the design and invites visitors to contribute tiles from their country, which he will eventually add to the steps. He also paints his own tiles, most often with the image of a pregnant woman who sometimes has his head or the head of a fish. We were lucky to see him painting on the stairs in Rio and ask him our questions.
If you had a superpower, want would it be?
I’d have enough money to travel to London and buy all the collections of tiles. England has the best quality tiles. ‘Made in England’.
Describe your perfect day
The day that I had the idea to paint the pregnant woman in 1978.
When were you happiest?
When I went from being a simple painter to a serious, famous, genius painter. It is difficult to be both original and famous. I have painted more than 35,000 pregnant women, and last year I did 1,000 self-portraits.
What’s the love of your life?
If you could have dinner with three people, dead or alive, who would they be?
Agatha Christie, Da Vinci and Michaelangelo.