Friday, 4 August 2017


How cool is this! I came across Roberto Burle Marx on his birthday and I couldn't resist quickly posting a blog. So I apologise for posting late.

Roberto Burle Marx (August 4, 1909 – June 4, 1994) was a Brazilian landscape architect (as well as a painter, print maker, ecologist, naturalist, artist and musician) whose designs of parks and gardens made him world famous. He is accredited with having introduced modernist landscape architecture to Brazil. He was known as a modern nature artist and a public urban space designer. His work had a great influence on tropical garden design in the 20th century. Water gardens were a popular theme in his work. He was deftly able to transfer traditional artistic expressions such as graphic design, tapestry and folk art into his landscape designs. He also designed fabrics, jewellery and stage sets.

Roberto Burle Marx
Born August 4, 1909 São Paulo, Brazil
Died June 4, 1994 (aged 84) Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Nationality Brazilian
Occupation Landscape architect
Known for Designing gardens and public spaces

He was one of the first people to call for the conservation of Brazil's rainforests. More than 50 plants bear his name. He amassed a substantial collection of plants at his home, including more than 500 philodendrons. The parkscape of the Copacobana is arguably the largest abstract painting in the world at 4km long. This rivals Parque Guell in Barcelona in my mind and is now on my bucket list.

Amazing work and amazing life!