Ateliês do Rio is a publication that invites the reader to enter the creative spaces of ten artists from different practices and generations, in Rio de Janeiro. Through the photographs by artist and photographer Vicente de Mello, and interviews by João Vergara, we are transported into the universe of Adriana Varejão, Anna Bella Geiger, Barrão, Beatriz Milhazes, Carlos Vergara, Denilson Baniwa, Marcela Cantuária, Maria Nepomuceno, Maxwell Alexandre, and Waltercio Caldas.
To think of Rio de Janeiro is to think of the ocean, sand, sky, forest; a nature that intertwines in the urban chaos. Representing this city that is contoured by rivers, seas and lagoons, we chose to work with the color blue, which is symbolically linked to water, an element that is fluidity, movement, calm and turmoil, characteristics that dialogue with the proposal of what is understood as a studio. Radio Grotesk brings contemporary characteristics and a sophisticated touch to the project.
The book takes us deep inside each studio, this unique and timeless place, crossed by the creation processes of each artist, that, while changing every second, remains a safe harbor, free to be explored in the most diverse ways, from a huge warehouse to a dream. To think of the studio is, therefore, to think of the process as a work of art.