By Ziraldo

Rio de Janeiro
The love of Ziraldo for Rio is sublime. This giant artist from the state of Minas Gerais has defined Rio de Janeiro as his home, his eternal source of inspiration - "the most beautiful city in the world." Ziraldo is just love with the wonderful city; he has the purest fascination and he is always drawing what is difficult to represent or to recognise but is the universal and incontestable truth of the Rio culture - the natural beauty, the urban contrasts, the joy and the embrace of the population. And speaking about embracing, there is no better way to start this exhibit than with the greatest symbol of the host of Rio de Janeiro, our Christ the Redeemer.

An universal symbol, Christ the Redeemer is a statue located in the city of Rio de Janeiro, at the top of Corcovado Mountain, 709 meters above the sea level.

The statue of Christ the Redeemer is a World Heritage Site and was elected in 2007 one of the new seven wonders of the world.

Click. One of the most common activities in the Christ the Redeemer is to take pictures. Some people take pictures with the amazing landscape of the city and others take a modern "selfie" with the company of Christ. A privilege!

Christ is another privileged. He sees from above a stunning city.

Not only the Christ the Redeemer. Rio de Janeiro has impressive symbols and landmarks that are known all over the world. This series created by Ziraldo highlights some of the main "postcards" of the city.

Two Brothers Hill. A "carioca" symbol that may be seen from Lagoa Rodrigo de Freita, as in this picture. With the famous sunset, they create a perfect ending of the evening.

Or the Sugar Loaf, international touristic reference to the city of Rio - from the famous cable car ride connecting the Red Beach to the Morro da Urca and to the top of the hill complex.

Rocinha, according to IBGE, is the largest favela in Brazil. Symbol of inequality, social problems, but also of happiness, popular culture, and the "carioca" mix.

The largest block of stone by the sea on the planet, the Pedra da Gávea. And not only that, one of the most popular lookouts in Rio de Janeiro, accessible by trail and with a majestic view of the city.

And the famous Church of Nossa Senhora da Penha, built on top of a stone and the famous 382 steps, where many faithful pay up their promises reaching the top on their knees.

The following illustrations were gathered after a search in the huge Ziraldo 's collection out of the various works from different sources, publications and essences. All of them represent the icons of Rio de Janeiro, the popular images that have made the city known. Football, samba, carnival. The beaches, the women, the boardwalks. The songs, the slums, the differences. Diversity. So that is how Rio was built, with truths and myths, with icons retreated by countless artists and brilliantly by Ziraldo.

The wonders of the city, the union of various icons and symbols of Rio de Janeiro.

He is so passionate about Rio that he has no more space to express his love and belonging to the "wonderful city".

The city of faces.

The seductive and luxurious invitation to Rio communities.

The fascination with Rio beach is represented by the visitor's question. "Every time I pass by, I wonder, George: what was the man doing on the moon?"

Women of all ages, of all styles, but especially of all colors. The illustration represents the diversity of female beauty on the beaches of Rio de Janeiro - the comparison with the different colors of a rainbow.

The eventual meeting with the models of Rio de Janeiro. Not on the runways or parades, but on the beaches.

The attraction for football. Anywhere.

Gyselle and Jorjão walking by the promenade on the beach. Typical "carioca" walk.

Again, the various colors on the beaches of Rio de Janeiro - the differences, the love, the beauty of our country's culture.

Where even when pregnant you'll go and play on the beach promenades.

The fantasies, forms, objects, all is mixed and coloured in this special event! The most amazing and joyful carnival in the world!

Carnival shown by a panel in the Metro Ipanema.

Cats: characters from some posters illustrated by Ziraldo for the Carnival in Rio de Janeiro.

Matterhorn and Sugar Loaf. Two icons, one Brazilian and one Swiss. A tribute to Switzerland.

Musical sidewalk in Vila Isabel - the home for many composers and famous for the bohemian life.

Ziraldo was invited to illustrate movie posters, plays, week of debates, carnival blocks, literary events, conferences and others. His creativity and personality are evident in the following work, always present in Rio events of all types and magnitudes.

"O canto do galo", the song that the whole world knows - represented on the awarded poster of the First International Festival Popular Song of Rio.

Bookworm or hungry for knowledge? The hunger for reading has always been a landmark of Ziraldo, author of this poster, which is always present in the Book's biennials and often is honoured there.

Carnival symbol: the cat is represented in Rio Carnival poster in 1967.

Author of many posters for the Cinema, Ziraldo produced for the film "Rio, Summer and Love" a poster in 1966 that became a symbol of the city and is still remembered today.

"As Cariocas" is a dramatic comedy based on the stories of Stanislau Ponte Preta. His poster was also produced by Ziraldo and alludes to the woman's body and the Sugar Loaf.

With the theme "Pages of the Life of a crazy genius" Ziraldo was honored by the school samba Tradição in the carnival of Rio de Janeiro in 2012. This is the logo that he produced for the occasion.

The World Youth Day is a religious event that brings together millions of Catholics around the world, especially young people. The poster for the event in 2013 in Rio was created by Ziraldo.

On the first visit of Pope Francis in Brazil for the World Youth Day in 2013 Ziraldo created a work of art illustrating this special moment.

Poster for the Third International Flute Festival. And once again the creativity of Ziraldo stood out. It creates a contrast between the classical origin of the instrument and the formality with the beach and the slipper, an adaptation to Rio.

Poster for the celebration of the 35th anniversary of the Samba Club.

Art for the "Bloco Corre Atrás" in the 2012 carnival in Rio de Janeiro.

Celebration of 100 years of Jamelão in Bloco do Salsa.

Everything was brown, including the Christ the Redeemer. Poster for the Samba Club made by Ziraldo.

The art of Samba Retiro, was made by Ziraldo, which was inspired by the carnival to create an image that honors artists who have provided joy and fun in parties of the past.

Poster for Funart, Rio Rua, made by Ziraldo.

First week of debate about the Rio de Janeiro, poster with Ziraldo authoring.

Fair of Providencia!
The Fair of Providencia is an annual event held in Rio de Janeiro that provides through cooking, crafts and traditions a cultural travel for all Brazilian states and several countries. Since the first edition in 1961, the posters were produced by Ziraldo which is in the Guinnes World Records as the artist who signed the largest amount of posters during the same event.

First Poster Fair of Providencia in 1961.

And this poster, the second since the beginning of the Providence Fair, in 1962. With the character that became known as "Bocão", today the event symbol.

And the "Bocão" remained present in every kind of character. This is the poster for the Fair of Providence in 1970.

"Bocão" with peace and love in 1971.

"Bocão" in moviment. And it's been 21 years of Fair!

Even Santa Claus! Twenty-fourth Fair of Providence!

Seeding well to reap better. Poster 1989. Twenty-ninth!

And the fifty-fifth in 2015. The last before the beginning of the exhibition. Created in honour of the 450 years of Rio.

Rio is synonymous of vibrancy, diversity, happiness. The city of the songs and the charms, which represents the wealth of our country, of our people. A city desired, dreamed, designed. And Ziraldo perfectly managed to describe it, not only, as could identify it. Rio and Ziraldo are makers, those who have narrated stunning and gorgeous stories. And now by Google and its partners will continue alive and forward to the future. Long live to Ziraldo!

Thank you!

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Ziraldo Institute, 2016.

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